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  • Student VCE Information Booklet 2017

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    Contents Contents ...................................................................................................................................... 3

    Principal’s Message ....................................................................................................................... 4

    1. VCE Policy ............................................................................................................................. 5

    1.1. Outline ....................................................................................................................... 5

    1.2. VCE - A Three Year Program ......................................................................................... 5

    1.3. Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) and Distance Education Centre Victoria (DECV) ...................................................................................................................... 5

    1.3.1. VET ........................................................................................................................... 5

    1.3.2. DECV ......................................................................................................................... 5

    1.4. Student enrolment ...................................................................................................... 6

    1.4.1. Withdrawing from a VCE subject ................................................................................... 6

    1.5. Satisfactory completion of the VCE ................................................................................ 6

    1.5.1. Satisfactory completion of a Unit ................................................................................... 6

    1.6. Assessment ................................................................................................................ 7

    1.6.1. General Achievement Test (GAT) ................................................................................... 7

    1.6.2. Attendance and Appeals ............................................................................................... 8

    1.6.2.1. Attendance ................................................................................................................. 8

    1.6.3. Completion of replacement SACs ................................................................................... 8

    1.6.4. Redemption Policy ....................................................................................................... 9

    1.6.5. Extension of time to complete SACs and SATs ................................................................ 9

    1.6.6. Authentication of Coursework and Assessment Tasks ....................................................... 9

    1.6.7. Storage of student work ............................................................................................... 9

    1.6.8. Lost, Stolen or Damaged work ...................................................................................... 9

    1.6.9. Word Limits .............................................................................................................. 10

    1.6.10. Computer Use ........................................................................................................... 10

    1.7. Student Appeal Process .............................................................................................. 10

    1.7.1. The procedure for appealing an 'N' is as follows: ........................................................... 10

    1.8. Progression Policy ..................................................................................................... 11

    1.9. Special Provision ....................................................................................................... 11

    1.10. Derived Examination Score (DES) ............................................................................... 12

    1.11. Reporting ................................................................................................................. 12

    1.11.1. Feedback to Students ................................................................................................ 12

    1.12. Students at risk ........................................................................................................ 13

    2. Selection into University and Other Post Year 12 Study ............................................................. 13

    2.1. Prerequisites............................................................................................................. 13

    2.2. The Selection Process ................................................................................................ 13

    2.3. Individual Selection ................................................................................................... 13

    3. Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) ............................................................................ 14

    3.1. General Principles. ..................................................................................................... 14

    3.2. ATAR Calculations ..................................................................................................... 14

    3.3. Two-Stage Selection Process ...................................................................................... 14

    3.4. Middle Band Selection ................................................................................................ 15

    3.5. Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) ........................................................................... 15

    4. Approved Tertiary (Enhancement) Studies in School ................................................................. 16

    Summary of VCE courses offered at Cornish College ....................................................................... 17

    Glossary of Terms ................................................................................................................. 18

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    Principal’s Message

    Welcome to your senior years of study at Cornish College. This is an exciting time in your life as you enter the final years of your secondary schooling and contemplate the pathways to your future success. It is important that we all work together as a team – teachers, parents and students – to help you to achieve the best that you can.

    Whilst this booklet focuses on the policies and procedures of the VCE, you must remember that this represents only one part of the years ahead. It is important that you seek to develop a balanced life, which

    will involve participation in sport, College leadership, community service, performing arts, debating and other opportunities as they arise. It is through involvement in these activities and others that you will develop all aspects of your personality. Experience tells us that it is those who are most actively involved in the life of the school will gain the most enjoyment and the most academic success.

    There are no shortcuts to success and it will be the result of good organisation and consistent hard work that you will reap the rewards you are hoping for. Whilst these can be the most challenging years you will face, they can also be the best years in life you will experience as you grow into adulthood.

    I wish you every success and happiness in your senior years of study and remind you that the full

    resources of the College are at your disposal and that you should use these resources to your best advantage.

    Vicki Steer

    Principal

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    1. VCE Policy Please read this document in order to understand your rights and responsibilities with regard to completing

    the VCE at Cornish College, in accordance with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)

    requirements.

    This document is a summary and rewording of elements from the VCAA VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook 2017 (available on line at http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/schooladmin/handbook/handbook.html)

    1.1. Outline

    This policy is based on the following principles:

     The implementation of Cornish College’s policies and procedures will assist students to successfully complete their VCE.

     Teachers will make all reasonable efforts to assist and support students to succeed.

     Students will be ultimately responsible for their actions and behaviour.

     In fairness to teachers and students, procedures need to be implemented fairly and consistently across all VCE programs.

     Students and parents will be informed as to the expectations, assessment criteria, work to be done, and assessment dates in that unit.

     The students and their parents will be supplied with clear, constructive feedback on student

    performance within the VCE units.

    1.2. VCE - A Three Year Program

    The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is a senior certificate of education recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The VCE is designed to be completed over a minimum of two

    years.

    Each VCE study is designed to provide a two-year program. Units 1 and 2 are nationally and internationally benchmarked to a Year 11 standard. Similarly, Units 3 and 4 are benchmarked to a Year 12 standard.

    While the majority of students complete the bulk of their VCE over two years, some students may benefit