Choosing IB, VCE or VCE Vocational Major
The Senior School (Years 10 to 12) offers a comprehensive, rigorous and challenging programme that is structured to equip our students with the attitudes, knowledge, skills and competencies to thrive in whatever pathway they choose to pursue.
Three learning pathways are available to Geelong Grammar School students entering Years 11 and 12: VCE, VCE Vocational Major and the IB Diploma.
A world of opportunities
The IB Diploma is a two year curriculum with an emphasis on academic breadth, depth of knowledge and international understanding. The programme requires consistent work and performance over Years 11 and 12, and provides an internationally accepted qualification recognised by most leading universities worldwide.
Multiplicity of pathways
The VCE programme offers students a broad range of subjects across a spectrum of disciplines. Apart from the study of English, no other subjects are compulsory. At GGS, students can choose from 29 subjects, enabling the choice of specialisation in an area of interest, or a more general course of study may be taken to keep tertiary pathways open.
The VCE VM is a vocational and applied learning program within the VCE designed to be completed over a minimum of two years. The VCE VM will give students greater choice and flexibility to pursue their strengths and interests, and allows students to build a unique learning portfolio by adding VCE VM subjects to their VCE programme, developing skills at an industry-standard level.
The VCE VM helps students to move into apprenticeships, traineeships, further education and training, university (via non-ATAR pathways) or directly into the workforce.
Preparing for success
In Year 10, students enjoy an innovative and creative curriculum designed to prepare them with the attitudes and skills that are needed for both the IB and VCE programmes. A balanced range of subjects are offered across all major academic disciplines, ensuring strong foundations of learning with the potential for exploration in areas of interest and aspiration. Students are encouraged to maintain breadth in their elective subjects to develop a range of skills before choosing their course of study for Years 11 and 12.
Empowering academic endeavour
The academic programme at Timbertop is a full one and very much a prime focus of the School. Our driving ethos is to best prepare our students for the academic rigour of learning in Senior School whilst harnessing the opportunities that our unique context affords. Students are thoroughly supported in building their subject specific knowledge within the framework of embedding core skills of critical, analytical and creative thinking.
Building academic ability and personal responsibility
The natural flow from one year level to the next enables Middle School students to make a smooth transition from the junior years to the more challenging environment of secondary education and beyond. Our expert educators in Middle School are skilled and experienced in these transitional years and dedicated to supporting every individual to flourish.
Laying a solid foundation
At Toorak Campus and Bostock House, our dedicated teams are focused on providing students with the foundations for a lifelong love of learning.
Anchored in the promise of developing the whole child, our Early Learning and Primary Programmes offer a dynamic and holistic stream of positive learning experiences across the core and specialist curriculum.
Literacy and numeracy skills are vital during these early years, and guided by the framework of the PYP, our teachers expertly combine intellectual rigour and high academic standards with creativity, curiosity and collaboration.