Nothcote High School

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Year level curriculum

Teaching and Learning

In Years 7 to 10 we teach the Australian Curriculum Framework AusVELS (Victorian Essential Learning Standards). Teachers work collectively to devise study programs that meet the national curriculum standards and are unique to our particular setting. In Years 9 and 10 students choose from a range of different courses enabling them to further customise their learning experience, to challenge and extend themselves or to embed skills in particular learning areas. The Year 9 and 10 program is known as The Northcote Model: further information can be found here


In Years 11 and 12 students study the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and we offer a broad range of subjects that students can select from. From 2017 we have also offered the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program, which has been undertaken by a small group of students. It is common for students who have demonstrated good learning behaviours to advance by undertaking a VCE unit in Year 10.  Students can also elect, as part of their program, to study a Vocational Education and Training (VET) subject.


Year Level Programs

Each year level has a unique Year level experience based around core subject offerings.


Unique Features


Year 7

Year Level Camp

Yr 7 Program

Year 8

High Resolves

Yr 8 Program

Year 9

The Northcote Model 

Northcote Model handbook

Year 10

The Northcote Model

Northcote Model handbook



VCE Subjects

The following subject are offered each year and are run according to Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) guidelines in terms of content, course delivery, moderation and assessment (link to VCE studies VCAA)


VCE Subjects Offered



Mathematics (General Methods)


Global and Australian Politics

Mathematics (Further Maths)


Health and Human Development

Mathematics (Methods)

Business Management


Mathematics (Specialist)


Legal Studies


Classical Studies


Music Performance (Solo and Group)

Product Design and Technology

Language (Chinese)

Music Investigations


Language (French)



Language (Greek)

Physical Education

EAL (English and an Additional Language)

Language (Italian)


English Language

Mathematics (Foundation)


Environmental Science

Mathematics (General Advanced)

Studio Art

Food and Technology

Mathematics (General Further)

Visual Communication and Design

PDF icon The Northcote Model handbook2.69 MB