Ages and Stages of schooling


Year 9 Learning Community

In Year 9 students are beginning to see their future as adults. They have a growing interest in the pathways they intend to pursue, and are increasingly aware of the world outside school. The Northern Bay College teachers have developed a program to assist our Year 9 students in their preparation for work or work-specific training and for post-compulsory schooling on the way to a career.

The curriculum at this stage of development emphasises activities allowing students to experience things beyond their immediate surroundings and community. Students are required to ask more developed and focused questions as well as investigate a variety of issues. In addition, the curriculum assists students as they explore and identify possible pathways for their future learning. Our students are encouraged to participate in situations and problems that relate to real life, and to work with their local community and use other resources outside the school.

Year 10-12 Learning Community

In Years 10-12 students continue exploring pathways for the future to equip them for tertiary education or training and employment. The Northern Bay College senior campus offers different pathways:
• VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) – provides pathways to further study at university, TAFE (Technical and Further Education) and the world of work.
• VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) – which is a hands-on option for Years 11 and 12 students, offering practical work-related experience. Within VCAL students can undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship.
• VET (Vocational Education and Training) - VET programs are vocational training programs approved by the VCAA. VCE VET programs lead to nationally recognised qualifications, thereby offering students the opportunity to gain both the VCE and a nationally portable VET qualification.