​​​​What young people learn: levels 9 and 10

In Levels  9 and 10 learners are offered a broad range of learning opportunities, with the curriculum focusing on more complex knowledge and skills, including learning how to analyse, evaluate and justify. They draw on their background understanding, adding new information and concepts and are challenged to be creative and problem solve, explore different viewpoints, and express themselves in more sophisticated ways.

Depending on how a school is organised your child may have the opportunity to select different elective subjects. This enables young people to begin to specialise in areas of interest whilst still being offered a well-rounded learning program and keeping options open for the future.  At level 10, learners have the option of including some Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units or commencing a Vocational Education and Training (VET) program. Others may decide to wait and start their VCE, VET or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) studies in Year 11.

Learners at these levels

explore more complex ideas, themes and issues to extend their knowledge and skills

gather information from a broad range of sources and make informed decisions about how to apply this information to reach the specified end

take more responsibility for their learning whilst completing longer tasks based around an area of interest

work collaboratively to both develop and extend understanding of content and skills

consider what career pathways they will take (VCE, VCAL, VET, work) - for more information, download

Where to now?

What parents and carers can do

  • discuss the future with your child and support them in exploring the options for the future
  • ask your child how they think they are finding their school work in relation to both the amount of work and the level of challenge in understanding the information and tasks set
  • discuss with your child's school any concerns your child might have regarding their self-esteem, wellbeing and general health
  • ask your school to show you what they are covering in class this semester. This will give you a good overview of what your child will be learning
  • talk to your child about the topics, themes and areas currently covered in class and have a conversation about it with them
  • support your child to get into a routine for completing any tasks set to be completed at home. 

It is important to remember that each young person is different; some will find parts of their learning program more challenging than others.

Speak with your child's teacher if you have any questions about what your child is learning and how they are progressing.

Read the Victorian Curriculum F-10




















Updated 11/05/2016