At Padua College, our wish is to enable every student to:
• Recognise and utilise their God given talents
• Be the best that they can be
• Make a positive impact on their world
Our syllabus works together with the House System to build positive relationships as a basis for each student’s six-year journey through the College.
To find out more, please see the relevant webpages in this section of the website, which outline the curriculum at each stage/year level and outlines the various courses that are available as students move up to the Senior Campus.
The Curriculum Handbooks on each webpage are available as downloads and comprehensively describe the subjects available to your student.
Please feel free to contact the college should you require any further information.
At Padua College, our curriculum reflects our core values. To welcome and affirm, the syllabus aligns with the House system to build positive relationships as a basis for the students’ six-year journey through the College. All Year 7 and 8 students undertake a common, integrated curriculum that provides a strong foundation, a love of learning and a sample of the array of subjects offered in the subsequent years of schooling. In addition, to scaffold the higher-order and critical thinking skills built through the primary school model, all students participate in the STEAM Cup (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths). This encourages interdisciplinary connections while problem solving through group inquiry. Deep learning is fostered as students take their individual subject skills and apply these in unfamiliar contexts. A comprehensive list of the units offered in Year 7 and 8, in each of the nine Key Learning Areas, is available here in the Year 7 and 8 Curriculum Overview.
2023 marks the fifth year of the Aspire9 Program at Padua College. A dedicated Year 9 Centre on each campus provides a learning environment that is supportive and tailored to the needs of adolescents.
The aims of the Padua College Aspire9 program are to:
The Year 9 Curriculum consists of the following core subjects: myLife, English, Numeracy, Science, Health & PE, Geography and History, plus 6 semester-based electives (three in Semester One, and three in Semester Two).
Students are encouraged to select a minimum of one Arts subject and one Technology subject in either Year 9 or Year 10. Please note, this does not apply to students studying two semesters of Italian or French. Whilst many units are offered for selection, subjects will only run if there are enough to form a viable class. In some classes, there will be a limit on numbers due to staffing and resources.
component of our Aspire9 Program is the dedicated learning blocks or
Focus Weeks. Students rotate through two week-long units, specifically
aimed at developing a range of skills and providing relevant learning
In addition to this, students spend one day a fortnight participating in Aspire9 experiential learning days. In 2023, our Aspire9 days will provide opportunities for students to explore areas that they are passionate about through intensive elective units.
Mark De Fazio
Director of Aspire9
For comprehensive information on subjects and electives available, please download the Year 9 Curriculum Handbook here:
For comprehensive information on Year 9 Camps, please download the Selection Booklets here:
At the conclusion of Year 9, students from Tyabb, Rosebud, and Mornington Campuses join to form the Year 10-12 Senior School at the Mornington Campus of Padua College. This structure enables greater pathway opportunities for all students. In designing the Senior School structure staff have worked to establish a flexible learning program that maximises students’ choice and opportunity.
Students in Year 10 have the option of undertaking the traditional Year 10 Curriculum or the Year 10 Applied Learning Program (ALP). Our ALP is designed for students seeking project-based learning with a focus on developing employability skills. This information, plus the presentations on ECAT Evening and consultations with teachers, will help students choose elective subjects online via the Web Preferences Portal.
The Year 10 Curriculum consists of the following core subjects:
The Year 10 ALP consists of the following core subjects:
VCE Acceleration - It is possible for a Year 10 student to take a Unit 1&2 study. Taking a Unit 1&2 study in Year 10 is only an option for students who have demonstrated strong academic ability across all their subjects, together with very good literacy, study and organisational skills. A GPA of 8 (equivalent to a B+ grade average) in Year 9 studies is a requirement and eligible students will receive notification of the application process. Students should only select an acceleration if they are ready for the rigour of a VCE subject. This includes an increase in assessment under test conditions. In some cases, students will benefit from an additional year of skills-building within the Learning Area.
VCE VET (Vocational Education and Training) Subjects - In Year 10 students may also choose to study a VCE VET course as an accelerated elective. Interested students should refer to the VCE VET information in the Year 10 Curriculum handbook below.
Finally, whilst many units are offered for student selection, subjects will only run if there are sufficient numbers to form a viable class. In some classes, there will be a limit on numbers due to staffing and resources.
Padua College is proud of its facilities, excellent teachers and support staff members who are committed to helping the students reach their goals. The College offers wonderful opportunities, and our VCE students have a wealth of subjects from which to select. At Padua College, Year 11 students will take up to six studies *, including at least one of (and up to two of) English and/or English Language and/or Literature and at least one VCE Religious Education unit.
The Year 11 and 12 VCE Curriculum Handbook (see link below) provides general VCE, VCE VM, VPC and VET information; plus a full description of each subject offered at Padua College at this level and the subject selection processes.
For comprehensive information on subjects, electives and courses available, please download the Year 11-12 Curriculum Handbook.
Official VCE Exam Timetable
Please see the latest information, which outlines exam dates for 2023:
For useful information regarding length of exams, materials permitted, content covered and past exams please visit:
The VCE VM pathway. This option prepares students to move into apprenticeships, traineeships, further education and training, university (via non-ATAR pathways) or directly into the workforce.
The VCE Vocational Major (VM) is a vocational and applied learning program and is designed to be completed over a minimum of two years. Learning in the VCE VM happens through practical activities and projects delivered in a ‘real world' context.
The VCE VM Curriculum is developed around student interests and learning is constantly related back to workplace and employability skills. It gives students greater choice and flexibility to pursue their strengths and interests and develop the skills and capabilities needed to succeed in further education, work and life.
The purpose of the VCE VM is to provide students with the best opportunity to achieve their personal goals and aspirations in a rapidly changing world by equipping them with the skills, knowledge, values, and capabilities to be active and informed citizens, lifelong learners, and confident and creative individuals. (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), n.d.)
To be eligible to achieve the VCE VM, students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 16 units, including:
Hands on Learning (HoL) is an innovative education program that caters to the different ways that young people learn.
Artisan teachers work collaboratively with small groups of students on authentic building projects that provide a platform for students to engage, grow in confidence and achieve success at school.
HoL fosters strong, long-term relationships that help young people develop the skills and abilities they need to succeed in work and life, such as collaboration, problem-solving, communication, resilience, and empathy.
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