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Senior Learning Pathways

Senior School students at MLC can create a course that matches their interests, needs and career goals, by mixing and matching different subjects and learning strategies from within one of two distinct pathways: the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), which includes VCE VET (Vocational Education and Training), and the International Baccalaureate (IB). A broad choice of over 60 subjects offered across the pathways gives our students an unrivalled abundance of opportunity and flexibility, and all subjects are conveniently offered on our Kew campus.

Students receive extensive support when making their pathway learning decisions, with information sessions and knowledgeable support from teaching coordinators and career counsellors.

VCE: Victorian Certificate of Education

Our diverse VCE program is tailored to meet the needs and interests of each student with a wide range of subject choices available.

MLC's VCE program enables students to:
  • Undertake just VCE subjects
  • Study VCE subjects in combination with VCE VET subjects 
  • Undertake Enhancement Studies through Monash University or the University of Melbourne and begin a university degree while in Year 12
  • Include a single IB subject in their Year 11 VCE program
  • Study VCE with a language through the Victorian School of Languages Distance Education.

VCE VET: Vocational Education and Training

VCE VET subjects focus on infusing vocational practices into the curriculum, including real-life learning experiences (such as the Structured Workplace Learning program). Students can build a unique learning portfolio by adding VCE VET subjects to their VCE program, developing skills at an industry-standard level and enhancing their opportunities for part-time and full-time employment.

Students who complete a VCE VET program graduate with both a VCE study score and a VET qualification that has national recognition. VCE VET studies have the same status as VCE subjects and are fully integrated into the timetable.

MLC offers five VET programs:

  • Certificate III in Business 
  • Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
  • Certificate II in Hospitality
  • Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
  • Certificate III in Music Industry

Students who study a combined VCE VET program:
  • Develop skills at an industry-standard level
  • Participate in industry work placements and gain first-hand knowledge under the guidance of an industry mentor
  • Enhance their opportunities for part-time and full-time employment
  • Gain a subject study score towards their ATAR as well as a nationally accredited Certificate

IB: International Baccalaureate

The IB program is designed to prepare students to be active participants in their global community. It is particularly suited to students wanting to pursue tertiary studies and qualifications, and is recognised by Australian tertiary institutions and major universities worldwide.

The IB is unique, with a challenging curriculum that fosters high academic standards and international understanding. The program covers six academic areas including a first and second language as well as humanities, sciences and maths.

There are three special features of the IB curriculum that promote inter-disciplinary study and thought:

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK), which challenges students to question and analyse and to develop rational arguments for their own viewpoints
  • Creativity, Action, Service (CAS), which provides a refreshing change to academic studies by encouraging participation in the arts, sport and community service
  • Extended essay, where students undertake research and investigation on a topic of special interest that is related to their academic studies


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VCE & VCE VET Subjects

  • English
  • English as an Additional Language
  • English Language
  • Literature
  • Bridging EAL

Read further about the English Curriculum.

  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Computing
  • Economics
  • Legal Studies
  • VCE VET Business

Read further about the Commerce Curriculum.

Home Economics & Physical Education
  • Food Studies
  • Health & Human Development
  • Physical Education
  • VCE VET Hospitality - Food & Beverage
  • VCE VET Hospitality - Kitchen Operations
  • VCE VET Sport & Recreation

Read further about Home Economics and Hospitality, or read further about Physical Education

  • Geography
  • Global Politics 
  • History - 20th Century
  • History - Ancient 
  • History - Revolutions
  • Philosophy

Read further about the Humanities Curriculum.

  • Chinese 1st Language
  • Chinese 2nd Language
  • Chinese 2nd Language Advanced
  • French
  • Japanese

Read further about the Languages Curriculum.

Maths & Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Foundation Mathematics
  • General Mathematics (Year 11)
  • Further Mathematics (Year 12)
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Specialist Mathematics

Read further about Science, or read further about Maths

Performing Arts
  • Drama
  • Music Performance
  • VCE VET Music Industry

Read further about Dramatic Arts, or read further about Music

Visual Arts
  • Art
  • Media
  • Product Design & Technology - Fashion
  • Studio Arts - Fine Arts
  • Studio Arts - Photography
  • Visual Communication Design

Read further about the Visual Art Curriculum.

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IB Subjects

Group 1: Language A
Langauge A is the student's first language. The course includes selections from world literature.

Chinese A: Language and Literature and English A Literature will be offered as the usual first languages.
Group 2: Second Language
This is a study of a language at various levels: an experiened learner (B) or beginning with no previous experience (ab initio).

MLC offers selections from French B, Chinese B - Mandarin, Japanese B and Spanish ab initio. English B is offered for those who are not native speakers of English.
Group 3: Individuals and Societies
Choose from: Economics, History, Information Technology in a Global Society or Psychology.
Group 4: Experimental Sciences
Choose from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Sports, Exercise and Health Science.
Group 5: Mathematics
Choose from: Analysis and Approaches (both SL and HL) or Applications and Interpretations (both SL and HL).
Group 6: The Arts
Choose from: Visual Arts, a second language, a further choice from Individuals and Societies or another Experimental Science.
Please note: this list is to be used as a guide and subject offerings may vary per year. Please confirm with Admissions for specific subjects.

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