Expectations of Students


The Senior Sub School at Diamond Valley College includes Year 10 and the VCE/VCAL Years 11 and 12. Students enrolled in the Senior School are expected to display high standards of behaviour and due to their senior position in the school act as appropriate role models to junior students.

General Information

Students are expected to take considerable responsibility for their learning by participating actively in and reflecting upon their academic work.

It is their responsibility:

  • To meet attendance requirements for all classes
  • To work constructively and purposefully in all classes
  • To be punctual to school and class
  • To complete all set work in the prescribed way by the due date
  • To ensure that all work is their own
  • To find out about and complete the work missed through absence
  • To use their College Planner in an effective manner
  • To manage their study and research time effectively outside school contact hours. In year 10 this is expected to be 1-2 hours minimum per subject per week.

Year 10 Program

Diamond Valley College values providing students with choice so that individual strengths and interests can be the basis for the pathway to be followed. This also increases student engagement in their learning. At Year 10 this is provided through a broad elective program.

Program requirements:

Students in Year 10 study 12 subjects over the year with English and Mathematics compulsory for the whole year. Humanities and Science are also compulsory for semester 1. Students then select units from the remaining Domains. It is recommended that students complete at least one elective from each area. Students should note that LOTE – Italian, VET and Advanced Placement subjects are full year subjects.

How many periods per subject?

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Semester 1 Individual Pathways Core Maths Core English Core Humanities Core Science Elective Elective
Semester 2 Individual Pathways Core Maths Core English Elective Elective Elective Elective
Sessions/week 2 5 5 4 4 5 5


Please see elective selection sheet for which electives are 4 or 5 sessions per week.

Can Year 10 students do a VCE subject?

Students who meet criteria related to high levels of achievement, application and organization may be offered enrolment in one VCE Advanced Placement subject. A VCE subject must be taken for two semesters. Students choosing an Advanced Placement subject should not choose a Year 10 subject from the same area of study. Applications are made initially on the year 10 elective selection sheet to undertake an advanced placement.

Selecting a Balanced Program

Students should select subjects according to their strengths, interests and their likely Year 11 and 12 programs, keeping in mind the need for balance and maintaining options. Students should select a program that ensures they have the flexibility to change career direction at any time.

The following points should be considered when making selections.

  • The student’s interests and skills
  • Career directions
  • Known ability and performance in subject areas
  • Aptitude for study and motivation
  • A program that leaves options open for the future
  • Prerequisite studies deemed necessary by tertiary institutions for entry to specific courses
  • Ensure that you understand subject descriptions and seek assistance if you are uncertain
  • Do not select studies simply because your friend wants you in the same classes