What is a Curriculum Pathway?
Students about to enter the Senior School should be thinking about career choices and future pathways. A curriculum pathway involves a set of subjects that leads to a specific after-school option. This option may be further education, training or employment. Choosing a pathway does not lock students into one career direction for the next three years of their life. The pathways are virtual in nature. Students may select a new pathway if their interests and preferences change part way through their senior education. Students still have a wide range of choice after they have chosen their pathway subjects, however by identifying a pathway they have a clear focus for the subjects they need to select to provide good preparation for their chosen after-school option.
We have designed our senior school curriculum around a set of pathways that we believe are relevant, interesting and lead to employment opportunities in the Fleurieu Peninsula. Each pathway has a recommended set of subjects. The VET pathways are accredited at Stage 1B level. Students in Year 10 can apply to a VET pathway if they can demonstrate their readiness. In some pathways there are also recommended subjects that need to be studied in Stage 2. The pathways are:
- University – Arts, Humanities
- University – Maths, Science
- Sport Recreation & Fitness
- Allied Health & Community Services
University – Arts, Humanities
This pathway is for students who are intending to go to University and study a course based around Arts and Humanities subjects. Typically students would choose subjects from the English, Society and Environment, Languages, Fine Arts and the Performing Arts learning areas.
University – Group 2 Maths, Science
This pathway is for students who are intending to go to University and study a course based around Maths, Science and Technology subjects. Typically students would choose subjects from the Maths, Science, HPE and Technology (IT and Design and Technology) learning areas.
Sport, Recreation & Fitness
This pathway is for students who intend to gain Certificate 2 in Community Recreation. This is a national qualification which is a stepping stone to further qualifications and careers in Community Recreation, Sport & Recreation and Outdoor Recreation. Successful completion of Certificate 2 will require the student to demonstrate competency in 17 units (9 units from a Sport and Recreation core, 5 units from the Community Recreation stream and 3 elective units) and will require two semesters of study as well as work placement in a recreation based workplace.
Allied Health & Community Services
This pathway is designed for students who would like to work in nursing, child care or aged care. There are many varied careers in the Community Health Services and this pathway gives students exposure to these careers and the associated working conditions and requirements.
This pathway is designed for students who would like to work in the building and construction industries. It covers both theory and practical components and includes OH&S, measurement and calculations, joining solid timber and the construction of timber furnishing products.
This pathway is designed for students who would like to work in the hospitality, tourism or retail industries. Students will work towards completing either Certificate I Hospitality (operations). Students will become familiar with aspects of all three industry areas and the overlap that exists between them. They will experience working in at least two of the industry groups as part of work placements.
What do I do if I don’t fit into one of the curriculum pathways?
Some students may not fit into one of the pathways described above. Students who are in this situation should speak with a member of the subject counseling team about what they would like to do. We will then design a course of study that will best meet the student’s needs or suggest the adoption of an interim pathway.