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VCE Subjects
Computing (Units 1 & 2)
Food Studies
Further Mathematics (Units 3 & 4 only)
General Mathematics (Units 1 and 2 only)
Health & Human Development
Informatics (Units 3 & 4)
Legal Studies
Mathematical Methods
Media Studies
Music Performance
Outdoor Education
Physical Education
Product Design & Technology - Wood
Religion & Society (Units 1 & 2)
Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4 only)
Studio Arts
Theatre Studies
Visual Communication Design
Year 11 students may pick a Year 12 subject according to the eligibility policy. 
To assist our students in developing their potential we provide opportunities for them to complete VET certificate courses offered at various local RTO’s (Registered Training Organisations). VET Certificate courses generally have a high proportion of practical elements and assessment can either be competency based, or scored, or both. Each VET course takes the place of one VCE subject. 
Year 11 and 12 students have study periods in their timetables. During this time they go to a study centre and are supervised by a teacher. This ensures that everyone makes full use of their time at school during the final years.
Students are encouraged to use the library before and after school. Opening hours are 8.00am to 5.00pm each day. 

Year 11 students need to do 17 1⁄2 hours of work outside of school hours a week (2 1⁄2 hours a night). It is important that this includes homework set and regular revision.

Year 12 students need to do 21 hours of work a week outside of school hours (3 hours a night). This should be 50% homework and 50% study in the final year of school. 


The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a “hands-on” option for students in Years 11 and 12.
Like the VCE, the VCAL is a recognised senior secondary qualification. Unlike the VCE, which is widely used by students as a pathway to university, the VCAL focuses on “hands-on learning”. 
Students who study the VCAL are more likely to be interested in going on to training at TAFE, doing an apprenticeship, or getting a job after completing Year 12.

Businesses are regularly concerned about employing students who are workplace ready. VCAL at Maranatha Christian School aims to address two of these areas by:

(1)  teaching the students professionalism
(2)  teaching the students enterprise skills 
The VCAL's flexibility enables students to design a study program that suits their interests and learning needs.
Students select accredited curriculum components from VCE studies, Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications, Further Education (FE) and VCAL units.
There are five compulsory strands in VCAL:

There are five compulsory strands in VCAL:

  • Numeracy Skills
  • Work-Related Skills
  • Industry Specific Skills
  • Personal Development Skills
 Students who start their VCAL and then decide they would like to complete their VCE, are able to transfer between certificates. Any VCE studies successfully completed as part of the VCAL program will count towards the VCE. A certificate and Statement of Results will be issued to students who successfully complete their VCAL. 

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