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Our Senior School offers an exciting and academically rigorous program for Years 10 to 12 students in their final years of schooling. 

Our passionate teaching team supports students to achieve their academic goals by developing rich understanding and creative thinking skills.

Year 10

Year 10 stands at the end of what is considered the middle years of schooling (approximate ages 10 to 16). Year 10 also stands as the final year of compulsory education for most students and the transition to the final years of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). Whilst there is no denying the transition nature of Year 10, it is also a stage in its own right with milestones and significant events along the journey for each student.

Core studies include English, Mathematics, Science, French/Japanese/Language and Cultural Sustainability, Global Sustainability and Physical Education. Students choose part of their program through the Breadth studies electives, which are conducted in two half-day sessions in classes combined with Year 9 students to provide for deep engagement in the more experiential nature of those subjects. Students choose six Breadth studies units from a range of more than 20 units in the fields of Outdoor and Environmental Education, Health, Food Technology, Design Technology, Music, Drama and Visual Arts.

Our Year 10 Global Sustainability subject meets the requirements of the VCE Units 1 and 2 in Australian and Global Politics as well as gaining valuable experience of the processes of VCE studies. They can move into Years 11 and 12 with added confidence. Students also gain skills to transition into the VCE through the use of inquiry, cooperative learning and development as independent learners.

Academic rigour is exemplified in the production of a major thesis at the end of the year and participation in a socratic seminar attended by parents and other members of our community. Students also continue to engage in community service, and a range of other cocurricular activities. The Careers program commenced in Year 9 continues in Year 10 with personal career profiles developed with parents, students and our Careers Counsellor, Keith Maughan, helping to guide work experience opportunities and the choice of subjects for Years 11 and 12 and future pathways. 

Discipline based learning is at the heart of our inquiries in the Core and Breadth Studies. Inquiry learning allows students to apply their knowledge and skills in many ways, thus helping them learn in a meaningful context. Integration of the disciplines means that teachers work with students to make connections in their learning.

Year 11 and Year 12 – A VCE Beyond Boundaries

Cornish College delivers a VCE Beyond Boundaries. As much as possible our students are not restricted by timetable constraints, course restrictions, mode of delivery, or other boundaries.

We aim to tailor individual courses for each student in order to meet the needs of their career pathway choices. This may mean students;

  • Attend classes on campus
  • Access courses at other educational institutions
  • Undertake courses online or through Distance Education with the support of a Learning Coach at school
  • Participate in a blended learning environment combining face to face and online learning under the guidance of a Cornish teacher.

Students make choices from a range of VCE studies based on their proposed career pathways. The College then structures its timetable around meeting the individual programs for each student. Students can choose from 32 VCE studies. 

See summary of courses offered at Cornish College.

Students are also involved in leadership, conferences, community service, sport and school activities, health, driver education, digital citizenship programs, drug and alcohol education, a range of cocurricular programs as well as a range of internal and external programs to fully complete the education of our young adults as well-rounded citizens.

Enhancement – cross year studies

Year 10 students all have access to Units 1 & 2 Australian and Global Politics within their core studies.

Year 11 students can access 9 Unit 3 & 4 studies or others by negotiation. Highly able students have the opportunity to extend their interest in a subject by undertaking the study of a first year university subject in Year 12. This can be intellectually rewarding and will count as a VCE study.

Blended Learning

Blended learning provides for a combination of face to face learning and online learning during the 11 periods with the teacher in the classroom environment across our two week timetable cycle. The formalised development of resources and learning experiences at this VCE level provides for a well-supported and differentiated learning experience. 

Vocational Education and Training in Schools

Students have access to up to 31 VETis courses through external providers (such as Chisholm Institute, Holmesglen Institute and others) where they also gain valuable experience in the world outside the secondary school.

Summary of courses offered at Years 10, 11 and 12 at Cornish College



Further information about subjects and programs

More information about each VCE subject can be found in the VCE Information Handbook.

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