Senior Pathways Guide

Course Information: Years 10 - 12

"Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation"


As students approach the completion of Year 9, pathway planning becomes a vital part of their education. Conversations between families, students and staff focus on the characteristics of each learner and how they might reach their future goals. Areas such as work ethic, personal resilience and engagement along with fundamental literacy, numeracy, critical thinking and reasoning skills all come into consideration when choosing a study pathway.

As they complete years 10 – 12, some students will look towards tertiary education in the form of University or TAFE. Others will search for an apprenticeship or a transition into full time work. Regardless of the pathway, Altona College aims to offer a program appropriate to each students’ needs. Offering a range of VCE courses alongside various VCAL programs, students also have full access to VET courses from every secondary provider in the Wyndham and Hobsons Bay Learning Network. Regular contact with pathways trained staff ensures every student decision is made with their learning pathway in mind.

Take a deep breath, there is so much to explore!

Pathway planning can be overwhelming and it definitely takes time. Our site has been designed to guide you through the most essential information you need to have informed conversations as a family. There is a considerable amount of learning involved for everyone and it is important that parents/carers support their children throughout the journey. To assist, we offer the steps below to help guide you through our site...

STEP 1: Learn about post school destinations

It may seem a long way off, but considering your post school destination can help you make much better decisions about your pathway. Even if you don't decide on a destination, just knowing what your options are can make all the difference. Find out more here.

STEP 2: Understand the Senior Certificates that are available

STEP 3: Choose your starting point

STEP 4: Explore a Learning Area

STEP 5: Enter your course selections

Find all of the information you need to enter your subject preferences here.

Still not sure where to look? Ask our senior staff for some guidance.