Career and Vocational Education
The Career and Vocational Education Department offers ATAR courses and Vocational Education and Training (VET) opportunities for all Year 11 and 12 students at Rossmoyne Senior High School. Exciting educational opportunities are available both within the school and through external campuses and providers.
Pathways to University, TAFE and Employment
Career and Enterprise (ATAR) course
The majority of Career and Vocational Education students are University bound and are completing the Career and Enterprise (ATAR) course.
Rossmoyne Senior High School students consistently place first or second in the State for this ATAR course.
Career and Enterprise General
Most students completing this course are enrolled in the VET Program, however the subject is available for selection by all Year 11 and 12 students. This program enables students to complete certificates across a variety of industry areas and campuses. Many of these General students will be have the option of bridging to University without completing an ATAR as they are completing TAFE certificates ranging from Certificate II to Diplomas.
A Certificate IV has an ATAR equivalent of 70 and a Diploma an ATAR equivalent of 80+.
Universities now accept Certificate IV and Diplomas as a legitimate way of entering university and many students are taking advantage of this pathway. It is advised that entry requirements are confirmed by the preferred university.
The Curtin UniReady Enabling Program is a 2 year course offered in Year 11. It is usually only available to students directly through Curtin University. It has now been approved as an Endorsed Program which means it can be run through school and it can not only make up a student’s WACE, if successfully completed it will also make a student eligible for many courses at Curtin University.
The program is designed for students to develop independent learning skills and prepare them for university. After successful completion of 4 units in the program, a student will be given a notional ATAR of 70 and meet the entry criteria for most courses with a 70 ATAR and no pre-requisites.
Murdoch FlexiTrack High
Murdoch FlexiTrack High is a one year course offered to Year 12 students. It provides a structured, acculturating and supportive learning experience for students preparing for university study at Murdoch. It is holistic in nature, containing activities from across the disciplines to grow the learner in knowledge, understanding of self, critical thought and citizenship. It focuses on developing academic skills as well as the self-regulation and independent learning competencies needed to engage successfully with undergraduate study.
Students learn foundational academic skills such as researching, referencing, and critical engagement with academic texts, as well as develop their ability to create a range of academic text types. The program provides students with two educators to support their learning journey, a university academic working in the online space, and a school-based facilitator working face-to-face in the school timetable.
Assessments in FlexiTrack High are on a pass/fail basis and provide students with the opportunity to resubmit should they not achieve a pass. There are no exams in this program. Students who successfully pass all their assessments will be offered a place at Murdoch University.
Successful completion gives guaranteed entry to courses at Murdoch University.
Past students are now currently studying Bachelors in Business, Education, Computer Science, Criminology, Nursing, and Philosphy.
Career and Enterprise (ATAR)
Regardless of what profession you are aiming for post school, everyone needs to have skills and knowledge about how to both enter the job market and how to be successful in it. Career and Enterprise sees students explore the world of work. Through an examination of economic, political and social influences upon the workforce, students come to understand the opportunities and challenges that await them after graduation. The course explores current and predicted trends in the workforce and provides opportunities for students to establish and consolidate work readiness skills in the areas of
- Job seeking
- Resume writing
- Application writing and addressing Selection Criteria
- Interview experience
- Employability skills
Students deepen their self-understanding and explore potential career opportunities and post school options.
64% of ATAR pathway students, studying Career and Enterprise (ATAR) in 2020, used the course score as their highest or second highest course score. Students with good English skills and who may also be studying Economics or Political and Legal Studies tend to excel in Career and Enterprise. There is also a flow on effect to these course by studying Career and Enterprise.
In 2011, Career and Enterprise (ATAR) was introduced in WA schools and every year since Rossmoyne Senior High School has had the top or second highest scoring student.
Career and Enterprise (General)
The Career and Enterprise General course involves recognising and developing individual skills and talents in preparation for the workforce.
- identify personality types and their link to career choices;
- explore careers and job seeking tools;
- create a resume and e-portfolio;
- participate in mock and panel interviews;
- identify the core skills for work; and
- explore entrepreneurial behaviours.
School Based Certificate offered
Certificate II Community Services is taught on the school campus by Rossmoyne SHS staff. The certificate holds two major advantages for students. As the certificate is delivered in one year students can then ‘free up’ time in Year 12 with four periods available for valuable study time. This certificate also carries four unit or ‘C’ grade equivalents – two for Year 11 and two for Year 12 which is a considerable boost to their WACE.
This qualification may be used as a pathway for workforce entry as community and health services workers. It will provide students with basic communication skills, experience with diverse peoples and time management skills.
Vocational Education and Training Three-day Transition Program/Alternative University Entry
VET provides all of its graduates with relevant, transferable and innovative skills – all qualities that today’s employers are looking for regardless of where you train or your qualification. When you start learning through VET, you can be safe in the knowledge that you are on a fast and cost effective path to gaining your qualifications and entering the workforce.
The Vocational Education and Training Three-day Program is also proving popular and students involved are achieving amazing outcomes. Currently over 100 students in Years 11 and 12 are completing TAFE certificates at a range of campuses across Perth, ranging from Certificate II to Diplomas, in Business and IT. Most students attend school three days per week and two days at TAFE and/or in the workplace. These students will receive a Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) in addition to their TAFE certificate and/or Workplace Learning experience. University entry is an option for many of these students. This program offers a huge number of opportunities to students with many starting apprenticeships and traineeships while at school.
The Transition Program is seeing a significant increase in the number of students choosing this pathway as a way of gaining entry into Universities across Perth. It isn’t an easier pathway more a different learning environment that also carries the significant advantage of a work placement which the universities are now seeing as a valuable addition to students seeking a University education.
A Certificate IV carries an ATAR equivalent of 70 and a Diploma and ATAR equivalent of 80+. The Certificate IV also has six unit or ’C’ grades equivalents for WACE.
In 2021, 28 Year 12 students are completing a Certificate IV or a Diploma. Several completed their Certificate IV in Year 11 giving them an ATAR of 70 before starting Year 12. Another 16 Year 12 students are completing TAFE qualifications or have started School Based Apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship in a board range of industries. Over 60 Year 11 students are in the Transition Program (47 of these are on a University Pathway) and those numbers are likely to increase as students seek a relevant, engaging, industry driven pathway in Year 12.
Since the commencement of the VET program in 2010, Rossmoyne Senior High School students have won a number of prestigious awards at both State and National levels, including one student winning the Prime Minister’s Award for Vocational Studies. More importantly, students make a smooth transition from school to University, further TAFE studies or employment. The ‘hands on’ learning environment at TAFE and in the workplace really do prepare them for life after school as future ready graduates from Rossmoyne SHS.
Workplace Learning (ADWPL)
Students participating in the VET program are required to complete Workplace Learning. This is a SCSA endorsed program that provides students up to 4 unit equivalents towards their WACE/WASSA. This highly successful program allows students to experience an extensive number of workplaces that are carefully selected by staff after consultation with students. This experience is invaluable and many past students have gone on to gain employment or apprenticeships as a result of the networks they made and skills they developed in the ‘real world’.
To complete the Workplace Learning endorsed program, students must be enrolled in Career and Enterprise.
- 2022 VET Transition Program – Proposed Courses
- 2021 Year 10 Parent Information Evening – VET Transition Pathways
- Award Winners
Vocational Education and Training
Mr Lucas, VET Coordinator: Shane.Lucas@education.wa.edu.au
Career and Enterprise
Ms Chamizo: Conchi.Chamizo@education.wa.edu.au
Miss Schwartz: Catherine.Schwartz@education.wa.edu.au
Mrs Little: Carolyn.Little1@education.wa.edu.au
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Updated June 2021