Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
The VCE program is a two-year course where students may complete up to 24 units over the two years. The College offers students a very wide VCE experience, with over 40 VCE studies being available.
At the end of the two-year program students are awarded the VCE Certificate. Units 3 and 4, usually completed in the second year of the VCE, contribute towards an ATAR score (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) for the purpose of students wishing to continue into post-secondary education, usually at one of the Victorian Universities. As part of the Penola Catholic College VCE program, all students are required to complete one unit of a VCE approved Religious Education course. This is undertaken in the first year of the VCE. In the second year, students are required to complete the College-based programs of Religious Education or they may continue with VCE Religion and Society.
Penola Catholic College offers exceptional students the opportunity to participate in Accelerated Programs.
These programs allow students who have strong academic ability and work practices to undertake Unit 3 and 4 subjects at Year 11 or to enrol in a university course (Melbourne or Monash Universities) while completing Year 12 studies. In undertaking Unit 3 / 4 subjects at Year 11, students can maximise their ATAR score once they complete Year 12. Completing a university course can also contribute to the ATAR as well as possibly gaining credits towards future studies at the University.