Curriculum

Nazareth College offers six years of comprehensive post-primary education to all students. Subjects undertaken in Years 7 to 10 are designed to prepare students for their entry into the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).

Nazareth College’s Years 10 to 12 curriculum focuses on each student’s personal pathway. The curriculum and pastoral care programs cater for a diverse range of needs and interests and ensure access to further study, training and work.

The curriculum at Nazareth College therefore has the essential features of a comprehensive curriculum in the Catholic context. It has breadth, balance, coherence, continuity and inclusiveness, whilst promoting a sense of life-long learning in our students.

Year 7 and Year 8

Year 7 and Year 8 are crucial periods of learning for all students, as the foundations are developed for an effective and successful education in senior years. Literacy and Numeracy are two key elements for optimal learning outcomes for students, and the College  provides strong programs in these key areas to ensure that each student reaches their maximum potential in all areas of study.

Students are exposed to a wide variety of subjects in Years 7 and 8 across all disciplinary strands within  the Victorian Curriculum, in order to provide students with breadth of curriculum. Students complete studies in the core subjects of Religion, English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Languages, and Physical Education. In Year 7 students choose the Languages they wish to continue studying in Year 8 and beyond. Additionally, students study electives in the areas of Arts and Technology.

 

Year 9

In Year 9, students are then able to start making informed decisions about subjects they wish to pursue  in more depth. They study the same group of core subjects in addition to electives chosen by students from the areas of Languages, Technology, Arts and Literature. Students in Year 9 also have the opportunity to participate in the ‘City Learning Experiences’.

Extensive educational research suggests that Year 9 can be a challenging period for students, where the many changes and developments during adolescence can influence their interest in learning. The staff at Nazareth College understand this challenge. In order to maximise each student’s interest and commitment to learning, a specialised program is utilised at Year 9 level. Engaging students in their studies and providing encouragement and support is a key focus of the Year 9 teaching team. In addition to core subjects, students experience a range of ‘real life’ learning programs. The City Learning  program is an innovative and challenging opportunity for students to combine conventional study within the Nazareth learning community with a range of tasks and activities conducted outside the College grounds. A series of educational excursions into the Melbourne CBD allows students to explore and experience the inner-city precinct, and a series of tasks completed independently of their teacher gives students greater responsibility and a sense of trust as they navigate the city and work cohesively in small teams to complete each task.

 

LEARNING AREA
YEAR 7
YEAR 8
YEAR 9
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious Education #

Religious Education #

Religious Education #

ENGLISH English #


English #


English #
Literature elective
MATHEMATICS

Mathematics #

Mathematics #

Mathematics #

Mathematics elective
“Connections in Maths”

Health and Physical Education #Health and Physical Education #Health and Physical Education #Health and Physical Education #
or
Year 9 Soccer Education #
or
Year 9 Basketball Education #
or
Year 9 Volleyball Education#
SCIENCE Science #Science #Science #
HUMANITIESHumanities #
Civics & Citizenship
Economics
Geography
History
Humanities #
Civics & Citizenship
Economics
Geography
History
Humanities #
Civics & Citizenship
Economics
Geography
History
LANGUAGES Italian #
or
Japanese #
Italian #
or
Japanese #
Italian #
or
Japanese #
THE ARTS
Art *
Music *
Visual Communication
Drama *
or
Music *
Dance
Digital Art
Drama
Media
Music
Visual Art
Visual Communication

TECHNOLOGY STUDIES
Information Technology *
Textiles Technology *

Food Technology *
Wood Technology *
Food Technology
Information Technology
Robotics
Design & Technologies
Textiles Technology
Wood Technology
Learning about Learning
ELECTIVE SUBJECTSN/AN/ACHOOSE 6 ELECTIVE UNITS
(INCLUDING A LANGUAGE WHICH IS 2 UNITS) from:
The Arts, Technology, Languages, Health & Physical Education and Literature.
(Each elective is for one semester’s duration).
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*
CORE
1 UNIT OF EACH AT THIS YEAR LEVEL

Year 10

In the Year 10 academic program, students continue studies with compulsory choices from the core subjects – Religious Education, Pastoral Program, English, Mathematics, Humanities, Health & Physical Education and Science and select five other semesterised elective units from The Arts, Languages and Technology, including additional choices from Humanities, Health & Physical Education and Science.

 Pathways options are available for Year 10 students. Some students in Year 10 may be best suited to the LEAP program which combines both Applied Learning and academic pathways. While this provides an ideal preparation for the Vocational Specialisation pathway which may be undertaken in Years 11 and 12. Acceleration of a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subject is also possible, by invitation, hence providing the possibility for high achievers to eventually complete six VCE Units 3 and 4  study sequences.

Year 11 and Year 12

Students undertaking VCE at Year 11 will choose ten semester-based units, plus English, English Language or Literature and Religious Education as core subjects. Alternatively, students in Year 11 have the option of completing the Vocational Specialisation pathway, studying Intermediate Literacy Skills, Intermediate Numeracy Skills, Personal Development, Work Related Skills, Themed Technology Wood & Food and Religious Education as core subjects, along with student-chosen VET studies.

 Students at Year 12 choose four Units 3 and 4 elective sequences from across the curriculum and must study English, English Language or Literature and Religious Education as core subjects. The Vocational Specialisation pathway requires  students to study Senior Literacy and Numeracy, Work Related Skills, Personal Development, Themed Technology and Religious Education as core units, along with student-chosen VET studies.

LEARNING AREAYEAR 10YEAR 11 (VCE Units 1 & 2)
YEAR 12 (VCE Units 3 & 4)
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION #
Religious Education
or
Youth Ministry


VCE Religion & Society
or
Youth Ministry (CSYMI/ACU Youth Academy)


VCE Religion & Society
or
Religious Education
or
Youth Ministry (CSYMI/ACU Youth Academy)
ENGLISH ## One of:
English
EAL English
Advanced English
Foundation English
# One or more of:
VCE English
VCE EAL English
VCE Literature
VCE English Language
One or more of:
VCE English
VCE EAL English
VCE Literature
VCE English Language

MATHEMATICS # One of:
Mathematics
Advanced Mathematics
Mathematics – Foundation
VCE Foundation Mathematics
VCE General Mathematics
VCE Mathematical Methods
VCE Specialist Mathematics

VCE General Mathematics
VCE Mathematical Methods
VCE Specialist Mathematics

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
# One or more of:
Health and Physical Education
Sports Science
Health Education
Outdoor and Environmental Studies
VCE Health & Human Development
VCE Physical Education
VCE Outdoor & Environmental Studies

VCE Health & Human Development
VCE Physical Education
SCIENCECore Science (every student)
Plus (optional)
Life within us (Biology)
Environmental Chemistry (Chemistry or Environmental Science)
Mission to Mars (Physics)
VCE Biology
VCE Chemistry
VCE Environmental Science
VCE Physics
VCE Psychology
VCE Biology
VCE Chemistry
VCE Environmental Science
VCE Physics
VCE Psychology
LANGUAGESChinese (First Language)
Italian – Language & Culture
Italian – Prerequisite for VCE Italian
Japanese (Second Language)
VCE Chinese (First Language)
VCE Italian
VCE Japanese (Second Language)

VCE Chinese (First Language)
VCE Italian
VCE Japanese (Second Language)

HUMANITIES




# One or more of:
Law and Order
Business and Enterprise
History
Global Economics and Finance
Geography
VCE Accounting
VCE Business Management
VCE Economics
VCE Legal Studies
VCE Modern History
VCE Accounting
VCE Business Management
VCE Economics
VCE Legal Studies
VCE History: Revolutions

THE VISUAL ARTS


Media
Art Making and Exhibiting
Visual Communication Design
VCE Media
VCE Art Making and Exhibiting
VCE Visual Communication Design
VCE Media
VCE Art Making and Exhibiting
VCE Visual Communication Design
THE PERFORMING ARTS


Drama & Theatre Studies
Dance
Music
VCE Theatre Studies
VET Dance II
VET Music Certificate II
VCE Theatre Studies
VET Dance III
VET Music Certificate III
TECHNOLOGY
STUDIES
Food Studies
Information Technology
Wood Technology – Build a Ukulele
Design & Technologies
Textiles Technology
VCE Food Studies
VCE Applied Computing
VCE Product Design & Technology: Wood
VCE Product Design & Technology: Textiles
VCE Food Studies
VCE Applied Computing Data Analytics
VCE Product Design & Technology: Wood
VCE Product Design & Technology: Textiles
ELECTIVE
SUBJECTS
CHOOSE 8 ELECTIVE UNITS (including 1 from each of Humanities, Health & PE and Science)

CHOOSE 14 SEMESTER UNITS (including 2 from English and RE)

CHOOSE 12 SEMESTER UNITS (including 2 from each of English and RE)

VET in VCE Courses
These courses are all off-campus.
For a full listing of the wide range of VET courses available to Nazareth College students, please see the VET Subjects list in the Nazareth College website.
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CORE
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