What is Pathways?
Pathways Subject Selection Video
Director of Learning - Pathways
For the past two years you have experienced all Catholic College has to offer and we’ve deliberately made sure you completed a variety of subjects. Now, we ask you to explore in-depth the subject areas that have really interested you, so you can determine your own Pathway into the VCE years.
It is important that your choices are guided by your interests and not what your friends are choosing, so choose what you love, not who you’re with.
To help you pick, you will get support from your Learning Mentor, your Year 8 teachers and Director or Learning for Pathways in Term 3. These conversations and those you have at home should help you think more deeply about life after school and therefore which subjects will be most suited to you over the next two years.
There are two programs available as a Year 9 Pathways student. The difference between them is whether you study a language or not. See below how studying a language affects your minimum requirements for each domain.
Making your Choices
Overall, you are choosing 24 subjects over two years of the Pathways program. It is important, however, that you understand that you must choose a certain number of subjects from every Domain.
Having said that, we are flexible about when you do these subjects. For example, you can choose to do all your Humanities in Year 9 (first year) if you wish, or most of your Science in Year 10 (second year).
The choices you make determine who you are in class with. Year 9 students may be studying alongside Year 10 students in Arts, Humanities, PE / Health, Religious Education, Science and Technology.
Advancing into Year 10 Mathematics
Year 9 students may also want to advance into the Year 10 ‘Pre-Methods’ (Maths) subject. If so, you are encouraged to speak to your LM, or your Year 8 Maths Teacher. Students need to complete an application form and a selection process is involved.
It is unusual for a student in Year 9 to advance into a Year 11 subject. However, if you are interested in this option, please see your Director of Learning.
Every subject offered is dependent on staffing, facilities, resources and timetabling constraints. Therefore, electives may not run. The timing of when a subject is offered in Semester 1 or Semester 2, or when a student studies a subject, is determined by these same constraints. This is a reason why you choose reserve subjects.