Western Heights College offers a comprehensive range of studies in the Later Years –
- English, English Literature and English Language
- Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology
- Studio Arts, Media, Visual Communications, Theatre Studies and Dance
- Health and Human Development, Physical Education, Outdoor Education
- Economics, History and Geography
- Legal Studies, Accounting, Business Management
- General, Methods, Further and Specialist Mathematics
- Japanese and French
- Technology studies; Food, Wood, Metal and Electronics
- Information Technology – Applications and Software Development.
Students are supported in their learning by their class teachers and their learning mentors within the Learning Community structure including time-tabled Advisory sessions with their learning mentor.
Students undertake 14 semester length units choosing from a wide range of studies, where 2 units of English, and 100 minutes each week of Advisory are compulsory.
In Year 10 students begin their VCE or Vocational Education and Training (VET) studies. They may choose to complete VCE Units in Health and Human Development, Outdoor Education, Psychology or Business Management. Alternatively students may choose a VET course, delivered at the Geelong Industry Trade Training Centre, involving a term each of hospitality, automotive, electronics and building and construction, or a VET taster course delivered at Western Heights College.
Students are involved in the Australian Mathematics Competition and the Deakin University Year Ten Mathematics Competition. Work experience is an integral component of the Year 10 program, completed for one week during August. Students complete end of year exams in preparation for their VCE studies.
Year 11 students undertake 6 VCE units choosing from a wide range of VCE studies. The Year 11 course includes Advisory (100 minutes each week) and a structured tutorial program (100 minutes each week). Students are encouraged to include a VCE Unit 3 and 4 study as part of their Year 11 course.
Students may include a VET study as part of their VCE program. The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) provides an alternative pathway for students with the emphasis on vocational education and training. Students apply to join this program through a selection process.
Students participate in mid-year and end of year exams to consolidate their current learning and prepare for Year 12.
Year 12 students study 5 VCE studies (10 semester units), with at least one of these being an English study. Specialised tutorial sessions and supervised private study are available for students to access, as well as the Forty Plus Club, offering specialised expertise to achieve scores over 40. Students may choose to continue their VET course as part of their VCE. Students can also choose to continue with their VCAL course of study.
Extensive VTAC course counselling, including support for the completing of SEAS applications, is available to all Year 12 students and their parents/guardians, strengthening our commitment to an authentic pathways program.