Our Curriculum

The College’s teaching and learning curriculum is designed to foster the development of the ‘whole person’ by allowing students to experience the diversity of cultural, ethical, spiritual and social dimensions of life.

Years 7 to Year 9

Students with our live Lizard Collection

The curriculum is designed to give students a thorough educational grounding. This will help develop a spirit of cooperation, and help prepare theme for life-long learning, enabling them to achieve their personal potential.

The programs in Years 7, 8 and 9 are based on the three core, interrelated strands of the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS). These are Physical, Personal and Social Learning; Discipline-based Learning; and Interdisciplinary Learning.


These three strands provide the basis for students to develop deep understanding through the study of Domains such as Health, Physical Education, Interpersonal Development, Personal Learning and Civics and Citizenship together with the Discipline-based Learning Domains of The Arts, English, Languages other than English, the Humanities, Mathematics and Science.

These studies are balanced by a third Interdisciplinary area that includes the Domains of Communication, Design, Creativity and Technology, Information Communication Technology and Thinking.

To achieve this deep understanding, students in Years 7 to 9 will study subjects in the following areas:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Japanese/Italian
  • Technology (Food, Textiles, Materials, Graphics, Information Technology and Automotive)
  • Arts (Music, Dance, Visual Art, Drama and Media Studies).

Year 10

Our new Oswald Learning Centre – a new State of the Art Science wing

In addition to the study of the three interrelated strands of VELS, the Year 10 curriculum allows students to focus on VCE preparation and vocational opportunities through a broad range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) options. VCE subjects offered to Year 10 students include:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Management
  • Drama
  • Food Technology
  • History
  • Legal Studies
  • Literature
  • Psychology
  • VET (Agriculture,  Furnishing, Equine Industry and Horticulture)

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

Students working in one of our Science Labs

By offering a large range of VCE studies, Salesian College Sunbury aims to cater for the needs and aspirations of a very wide range of students.

The breadth of subjects offered maximises the options open to students, whether their chosen pathway is to University, TAFE Colleges or directly to employment. The supportive yet challenging environment which VCE students experience at Salesian College encourages them to develop academically and personally. VCE subjects offered include:

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Business Management
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • Health and Human Development
  • History
  • Languages (Japanese, Italian)
  • Religious Education
  • Agricultural and Horticultural Studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Food and Technology
  • Design and Technology
  • Physics and Psychology

Education and Training (VET)

Students in the new OLC Classrooms

VET programs are designed to increase options for students. It allows students the opportunity to study approved vocational education and training courses while also completing their VCE.

What is VET programs I hear you ask? It is a chance where you can work in an industry setting, advanced entry into an apprenticeship, increased awareness of education and training opportunities and skills transferable to other areas of work. Successful students receive a nationally recognised certificate on completion.


VET courses offered include:

  • Agriculture
  • Furnishing
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality
  • Sports and Recreation
  • External programs such as Equine Industry, Food Retail, Multimedia and Community Service.

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning is a “hands on” option for students in Years 11 and 12. It is a nationally recognised qualification that complements the VCE. While the VCE traditionally offers students direct pathways to university, the VCAL Certificate delivers an option that is more likely to see its students going on to an apprenticeship, further training at TAFE or the work force.

The program provides room for students to create a study design that suits their interests, learning needs and career aspirations. This flexibility creates a strong sense of ownership of the course. Students create their course from the following four compulsory strands: Literacy and Numeracy Skills, Work-related Skills, Industry Specific Skills and Personal Development Skills.