The College offers a very broad range of studies including Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Vocational Educational & Training (VET) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).

Studies can be packaged into student programs which provide pathways for tertiary, further education, training and employment. Arrangements with Technical and Further Education (TAFE) providers enable “credit transfer” and “dual recognition” of studies and programs provided at the College.

Sebastopol Campus

We aim to do everything we can to ensure they have all the facilities and support on hand to thrive in their final years at school – academically and personally.

For this reason, we have a dedicated Senior Years Transition Coordinator who helps our students make the move to the central part of the College where our Year 12 Study Centre is located. The Centre offers students access to a dedicated Study Manager who has extensive skills in supporting students to develop effective study habits and techniques. Additionally, every student in Year 12 is supported by an Academic Mentor, who works in partnership with the student and their family to ensure that they realise their scoring potential.

“The transition into senior years often coincides with critical social, intellectual, emotional and physiological developments in the lives of students.

At Phoenix, we respect the right of every student to make an informed decision about their chosen pathway. We know our role is to support that decision and we commit to creating quality citizens who are ready to take their place in a global community. To do this, we ensure that our VCE, VET and VCAL learning programs are rigorous and valued equally.

We have worked hard to ensure that we offer our students a rich array of subjects, irrespective of the pathway they have chosen. VCE students have access to the full suite of subjects including ‘hard to find’ ones; for example Specialist Maths, Psychology and Applied Computing.

Our VET and VCAL students have extensive choices in the fields of Sport and Recreation, Hospitality, Hairdressing, Music Performance, Engineering, Building Construction, Furniture Making and Community Services; with additional choices in the domains of Business and Creative Industries for our VCAL students.

To ensure that all our students are given equal opportunities to thrive, the College leaves no stone unturned. We offer personalised tutoring before and after school, in addition to full access to the research proven Edrolo and Elevate study activation programs. All of these are fully funded by the College.

Our VCAL / VET students have the opportunity to showcase their academic skills at a national level in the World Skills Competition, with one of our very own Year 12 students being the first female to reach the finals of this prestigious competition.

The senior years of school are also about enjoying a rich and fulfilling journey. This is a time when our students have enhanced access to leadership opportunities in addition to extensive co-curricular programs such as rowing, where competition at the highest level is encouraged. The array of musical ensembles promotes the growth of our students as flourishing musicians.

We understand that planning to take steps beyond school can be daunting. We have absolute confidence in our Careers Team. Their singular focus is to secure entry into each student’s pathway of choice. The support doesn’t end there; our students will always be alumni of Phoenix P-12 Community College and are warmly welcomed back.

Year 10

Students entering Year 10 embark on their Senior School learning program. Students will continue to undertake core studies. However, this is also the time when students begin planning a program to suit their interests, passions, career goals and pathways. Some students will begin their VCE/VCAL program by taking on appropriate study and may wish to include a Work Experience option in their learning program.

Years 11 – 12

Student learning programs in Years 11 and 12 are highly specialised and focused on connecting students with the pathway of their choice. Students are able to undertake studies in these extensive and flexible VCE/VCAL/VET programs. The College has strong links with local industry and they provide work-placed learning opportunities relevant to students and career pathways. The College is a registered provider of training programs. Students study within a managed environment that emphasises increased personal responsibility for learning.


The VCE is the certificate that most students in Victoria receive on satisfactory completion of their secondary education. It is recognised around the world.

The VCE provides diverse pathways to further study or training at University or TAFE and to employment. The VCE is completed in Years 11 and 12, but many students start their VCE in Year 10. There are over 90 VCE studies and over 30 VCE/VET programs, which can also provide a nationally recognised industry qualification.

Each school decides which VCE studies and VCE/VET programs it will offer.

Our College will advise you on study choice and if a VCE study that interests you is not available, it may be possible to do it outside of your school, for example at:

2020 VCE Handbook


The VCAL is an alternative to the VCE, and an applied option for Years 11 and 12 students. The VCAL gives you:

  • Practical work-related experience.
  • Employability skills.
  • Literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Personal skills important for life and work.

The VCAL has three levels: Foundation, Intermediate and Senior. You can start and complete your VCAL at the level that matches your needs and abilities. Speak to your school if you need help with making this choice.

The VCAL’s flexibility offers you a study program that suits your interests and learning needs. You choose accredited modules and units for each of the following compulsory strands:

  • Literacy and Numeracy Skills.
  • Industry Specific Skills.
  • Work Related Skills.
  • Personal Development Skills.

2020 VCAL Handbook