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The Humanities - Geography - Pathways to VCE, VCE VET and VCAL

As students approach the end of the compulsory years of schooling they begin to make choices about their preferred areas of and pathways for learning. Students choose studies from the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or recognised vocational training through either a Vocational Education Training (VET) program or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).

The Geography domain provides students with knowledge of natural and human environments and a range of geospatial skills. Geography prepares students for a range of VCE, VET and VCAL studies as well as knowledge and skills which underpin lifelong learning. This includes knowledge of the physical world and issues such as global warming, climate change and land degradation. This knowledge is essential for ensuring that students can participate in decision making which supports the sustainable use of resources and shared responsibility for the future.

The Geography domain provides students with knowledge and understanding of spatial concepts, including location, distance, distribution and scale. These underpin inquiry into places at the local, regional and global scale. Students learn about the interaction between people and environments, and the interdependence of Earth’s natural and social systems.

Geography also provides students with geospatial skills, including interpretation of maps, the observation, collection and interpretation of data collected through field studies, representation and interpretation of data, and development of research skills.

Pathway Options

Life-long learning

  • Understanding of geospatial skills including reading of maps, directories, atlases.
  • Skills of analysis of data represented in maps, charts, tables and diagrams.
  • Capacity to observe and understand the physical environment.
  • Knowledge of local, regional, national and global geography.
  • Understanding of natural systems such as the weather.
  • Understanding of issues affecting Australia and the globe including global warming, climate change and land degradation.
  • Understanding of the need for resource sustainability.
  • Ability to critique and develop strategies for sustainable and shared futures.

VCE Studies

  • Geography
  • Environmental Science
  • International Politics
  • Agricultural and Horticultural Studies
  • Outdoor and Environmental Studies

VET Studies

  • Certificate II in Agriculture
  • Certificate II in Horticulture
  • Certificate II in Sport and Recreation
  • VET in Schools Forest Industries Studies

VCAL Studies

Industry specific skills which may include training packages available from industries including agriculture and horticulture.

More information about VCE (www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vce)

More information about VET (www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vet)

More information about VCAL (www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vcal)


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