Guide to Career Development & Subject Selection

Students in Year 10 need to take the time to complete career development to assist with their subject selection, and development of life long skills towards self-management with respect to career development. Through engaging with the Career Development program at Year 10 students will be better placed to make informed decisions about their career direction.

The Process

Research Process

  1. Students will undertake some self-exploration - examine their skills and interests, developing an understanding of their influence on possible pathways. A variety of free online testing is suggested to the students in CAPS sessions as a resource to explore options. The CAPS session will also provide opportunity for researching careers, pathways and understanding how to access resources to develop self-reliance in career development as a life long skill. University and TAFE handbooks collected from the college, and research using the internet will provide additional information required.
  2. Attending excursions to institutions and career expos at school, and whilst there asking lots of questions.
  3. Discuss options with parents, family, friends, and teachers.
  4. Investigate possible subjects that link to your chosen career pathway. (VCE subjects are presented to Year 10 students by teachers at DVC).
  5. Read through College Handbook to understand what subjects are about.
  6. Collect a copy of VICTER 2019 available from newspapers or newsagents or online at, the VICTER 2020 will be published in the major metropolitan newspapers.
  7. Carefully complete their Managed Individual Plans (MIPs) and Career action Plans (CAPS).

Pre Selection

  1. Complete Year 10 Research for course selection sheet. It is suggested that you research more than 10 possible courses of interest.
  2. Ensure all columns are completed, especially prerequisite subjects and where possible middle band criteria.

Subject Selection Guidelines

  1. Keep your options open and select a range of subjects in case you change your mind.
  2. Determine your highest Maths suitability as it will give you options in more courses. Examine Maths subjects in the Handbook and confirm with your maths teacher to determine your suitability for each Maths subject.
  3. Select subjects which are necessary prerequisites for intended courses.
  4. Select subjects that you are good at and like doing. If you like doing particular subjects then you are more likely to do well and achieve success.
  5. Select subjects that will broaden your knowledge and enrich you.
  6. Complete the selection form.

VCE programs start class during November/December 2019 (this year). This is a very important time for students entering the final stages of their secondary education and we seek parental support to ensure students attend classes at this time. Further details will be published in the college newsletter.

Eligibility for the VCE (Baccalaureate)

The VCE (Baccalaureate) has been developed by the VCAA, which provides an additional form of recognition for students who undertake the demands of studying both a higher level mathematics and a language in the VCE. Students are eligible to receive the VCE (Baccalaureate) if they choose Italian along with English, Maths Methods or Specialist Maths. Tertiary institutions like universities, have indicated that they strongly support initiatives that encourage students to study a language and a higher-level mathematics in VCE.