The vision for Dandenong High School is one in which all students are empowered and achieve success, through ensuring the diverse needs, achievements and strengths of every individual are recognised, nurtured and celebrated. In order to provide a genuinely personalised learning program that allows all students to explore and identify the most relevant learning and careers pathway, a decision has been made to align the Year 10 learning program with Senior Studies. Students at Dandenong High School will therefore undertake a three-year Senior Studies program, which will provide our Year 10 students with an opportunity to undertake a wide variety of Year 10 subjects that provide greater depth in learning and targeted preparation for VCE. Furthermore, students will be able to access Unit 1 and 2 VCE subjects and VET Training Programs at the DREAM Centre at Chisholm TAFE. The Year 10 Program will ensure our students are able to make informed pathway choices, supported through a personalised Careers Counselling process, which will empower all students to achieve ultimate success.

Structure of the Program

  • Every Year 10 student will study seven subjects
  • All subjects are whole year – there are no semester based subjects in Year 10
  • Every student must select from five core areas – English/EAL, Humanities, Mathematics, Science and Health/Physical Education. These are called Domain Requirements
  • Every student will then be able to select from a wide range of options for their remaining subjects, including Arts/DCT subjects. These are called Pathways Options
  • English/EAL is the only subject that will remain in the 3 Teachers and 50 students structure. All other subjects will follow the 1:26 teacher/student ratio, in line with Senior Studies
  • Non-AELP students can choose to select a Unit 1 & 2 subject, with a possible maximum of two Unit 1 & 2 subjects. However, students will be required to satisfy the selection criteria in order to undertake a Unit 1 and 2 VCE subject
  • Year 9 AELP students can select up to three Unit 1 and 2 subjects –
    • Can choose to study Units 1 and 2 English, a Units 1 and 2 Humanities subject and Units 1 and 2 Mathematics, either Maths Methods or General Further Maths (on advisement from their Year 10 Maths teacher), without following the Unit 1 and 2 Approval Selection Process
    • However, a Year 9 AELP student may select to repeat a Year 10 subject if they require further consolidation before progressing to the Unit 1 & 2 in Year 11
    • Year 9 AELP students will be required to go through the Approval Selection Process if they choose to select a Unit 1 and 2 subject in Science, Health/PE and Arts/DCT, as they have not been accelerated in these subjects
    • Additional Subjects –
      • Integrated Maths/Science

The Year 10 Program includes an Integrated Maths/ Science subject. The design of the subject is authentic project-based learning, and is intended for students whose interests and abilities are focussed in other subject areas and who do not wish to continue with Maths and Science in their Senior Years, nor in further tertiary study.  Selecting the Integrated Maths/Science subject will allow students to select three Pathways Options (additional subjects) rather than the standard two

Therefore, the Year 10 Program has two most likely configurations:

English/EAL + Maths + Science + Humanities + Health/PE + two additional subjects = 7 subjects


English/EAL + Integrated Maths/ Science + Humanities + Health/PE + three additional subjects = 7 subjects

Please note that the Year 10 Program provides a personalised pathway for each individual student. Therefore there are several possible subject configurations, depending on the choices made by the student. Every student will have a Course Selection Interview in which they will discuss the best possible pathways option available to them.

  • VCE Preparation Maths –

Non-AELP students who are approved to select Unit 1 & 2 General Further Maths (GF1) must also select VCE Preparation Maths. This course will cover a range of subjects not covered in GF1 and will provide these students with the option of selecting Maths Methods Units 1 & 2 only or both Specialist Maths and Maths Methods Units 1 & 2 in Year 11

  • VCE Preparation Science –

Any Year 9 student who is approved to select a Unit 1 & 2 Science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) must also select VCE Preparation Science. This course will cover a range of Science topics not covered in their selected Unit 1 & 2 Science and will provide these students with the option of selecting another Unit 1 & 2 Science in Year 11. If approved, students may select Units 1 & 2 in Environmental Science or Psychology without doing VCE Preparation Science. However, these Unit 1 and 2 subjects do not meet the minimum Year 10 Domain Requirements for Science and can be studies in addition to Year 10 Science

  • Students will also have the opportunity to select a VET Course as part of their Year 10 Program. The Dandenong Regional Education Alliance Model (DREAM Centre) will be offering the following VET Training Programs at Chisholm TAFE’s Dandenong Campus in 2014 –
    • Hairdressing Trades
    • Beauty Trades
    • Building Trades
    • Plumbing
    • Electro-Technology
    • Engineering, Integrated Technology

These programs will be available to Year 10 students and be delivered each Monday of the school year from 8am to 11.30am. There will be material costs associated with this subject. The course content will be the same as those competencies required for Certificate II Level Training as listed for VCE/VETs programs

The Subject Selection and Approval Process

  • Students will be provided with a hardcopy of the Senior Studies 2014 Handbook that outlines all subjects being offered to Year 10 students in 2014 and includes a description of every subject. These will also be available on the school web site and will be emailed to all DHS student email accounts
  • Following the Student and Parent Information Sessions being held in Week 1 of Term 3, students will select their seven subjects and complete the Year 10 Subject Selection document (hard copy). This document must be signed by parents/guardians, acknowledging the student’s selections and any costs associated with them
  • If a student wants to select a Unit 1 & 2 subject, they must undertake the Approval Selection Process, which will be overseen by the Domain Leaders and the House Leadership Teams. The process, yet to be finalised, will use an electronic database, will take place between the beginning of Week 2 and the end of Week 3 of Term 3 and will be based on the following criteria:
    • Academic Performance
    • Work Ethic and Behaviour
    • Teacher Recommendation
    • Student Expression of Interest
  • After the Approval Selection Process is completed, each student will bring their Year 10 Subject Selection document to a meeting with a member of their House Leadership Team and a member of the Careers Team. The student’s subject selections will be discussed and the appropriate course pathway will be entered into the database.  If, after consultation, the student wants to modify their selections, the student will be given two days to discuss this with their parents/guardians and return with the revised Year 10 Subject Selection document signed by their parents/guardians
  • Once all student Course Selections have been completed, the data will be processed and initial blocking work for the next year will take place. Follow up interviews with House Leadership Teams may need to take place if student choices need to be changed. Students will confirm their Program at Course Confirmation, generally held in September.