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senior YEARS curriculum

Year 10

The Year 10 program at Peninsula Grammar provides students with a strong foundation in preparation for entering the VCE program. It includes opportunities to explore their passions and interests through subjects linked to future pathways. A variety of learning experiences and environments is offered for Year 10 students that challenges them to develop vital 21st Century learning skills.

Year 10 includes core subjects; elective blocks with options of a Unit 1 & 2 subject, a language and 2 additional electives; and a series of Inspiring Me electives centred on problem finding and problem solving skills inspiring our students to think actively, logically, socially and creatively.

Read our Year 10 Curriculum handbook 2019 (PDF, 3mb)

Our Year 10 program is focused on preparing our students for their VCE journey. All Pathways in Year 10 lead to the option of studying a Unit 3 & 4 Subject in Year 11. This means that all Year 10 students who attain an overall B average have the option to study one of the available Unit 3 & 4 subjects in Year 11 and will have the skills required to succeed.

In addition, the Inspiring Me electives will now enable our students to be better prepared for VCE. VCE study designs now place a stronger focus on problem solving, application of knowledge and self-directed investigations. Our challenging Inspiring Me electives aim to develop these skills in our students by exposing them to similar forms of assessment and tasks prior to their VCE journey.

Years 11 & 12


Download our extensive VCE Subject Selection Guide for 2019-2020

Our VCE students attempt six studies at Year 11. The only compulsory study is English. With more than 35 studies offered, students can pursue interests in the Arts, Science, Mathematics, Humanities, Languages, PE/Health and Music.

Capable Year 11 students are provided with the opportunity of accelerating their studies and completing one of their Year 12, Unit 3 and 4 studies, at Year 11. This allows students to gain a head start on their Year 12 studies, and gives them the opportunity to complete six studies that will contribute to their final result. Unit 3/4 studies contribute towards students’ final Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking (ATAR) score.

Year 11 students seeking practical industry training also have the option of completing a Vocational Educational Training (VET) subject off campus. This is usually undertaken in an applied learning environment such as Chisholm TAFE in Frankston or at a local Registered Training Organization. Most VET studies count towards the VCE and the final ATAR score.

All Year 12 students attempt at least four Unit 3/4 studies. A normal program includes six Unit 3/4 studies, with English the only compulsory subject.

Year 12 is an exciting and academically rigorous time for our students. The year can be hectic as students balance academic studies with involvement in the co-curricular program of the School. Year 12 begins with an orientation program that provides students with the opportunity to consider the year ahead and develop goals for future success. 

VCE and Teaching

Achievement is not all about academic success. At Peninsula Grammar, students are encouraged to always strive to achieve their personal best and to learn for life, not just for an exam. Some people argue that as the predominant form of assessment in the VCE is the examination, then schools should therefore concentrate solely on preparing students for exams with rote learning techniques and prescribed answers. For students who are encouraged to use high order thinking skills and who can critically analyze the subject matter before them, an exam should be a less demanding form of assessment in which they excel.

Our excellent VCE results certainly suggest that at Peninsula Grammar, a focus on learning for life has this effect. When predicted student results are compared with achieved results in each study, Peninsula students, on average, gain one to four points above their expected study score; achievement that comes back to the classroom environment, the ability of the teaching staff and the culture of the School. These achievements then allow many of our students to gain entry to their preferred tertiary pathway.


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