Senior School

Year 11 & 12

At Year 11 and 12, students are able to complete a traditional VCE academic program, an alternative program called the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), or a MVP, a combination of VCE with a VET (Vocational Education Training). The academic program includes the major areas of study: Sciences and Mathematics, Arts, Commerce, Humanities, and Technology. VCAL places emphasis on practical studies with a component of community and work experience.

Thornbury High School offers a wide range of subjects and programs to suit students’ learning needs. Year 11 students have the option of taking Year 12 subjects to enhance their opportunities for tertiary entrance.

We monitor and support students in the following ways:

  • Electronic attendance rolls are marked for every class and parents notified within 24 hours of absences.
  • All students have a careers plan developed in Year 10 and meet with the Careers/Pathways advisors at least twice a year.
  • Students in Year 10 and Year 11 complete a comprehensive study skills program.
  • Students receive a progress report and an opportunity for parent interview at the end of every term.


VCAL provides an alternative “hands on” alternative option for students in Years 11 and 12. The VCAL program gives students practical work-related experiences, as well as Literacy and Numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal skills that are important for life and work.

Like the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), VCAL is an accredited secondary certificate. VCAL provides a pathway to TAFE, an apprenticeship or traineeship, or employment. The structure of the VCAL program allows students to undertake a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship while they continue their studies at Thornbury High School.

Students can be recommended for VCAL by teachers and Co-ordinators. All accredited courses/certificates that make up the VCAL program are assessed by the student’s individual teacher, in accordance with current requirements.