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ENDORSED PROGRAMS SHENTON COLLEGE
Endorsed programs offer Year 10, 11 and 12 students the opportunity to use workplace learning, university studies, community organisation and personal development programs to meet the completion requirement of the WA Certificate of Education (WACE). Students can be involved in any of these types of learning activities through a variety of opportunities in or outside of school time.
Endorsed programs are categorised into one of five types of learning:
1. Workplace learning provides opportunities for students to develop skills in the workplace. Students with a part-time job can have this recognised by a formal record of the skills they are developing whilst in employment. See Terry Foley for further information and enrolment in this.
2. VET and nationally accredited courses. Students undertaking VET within the college will automatically be enrolled. Any student undertaking Certificate courses outside the college should email Catherine Sayers.
3. University studies where students gain recognition for completion of a semester course in their area of interest. These courses extend students and aid in the transition to tertiary studies. Curtin, ECU, Murdoch, Notre Dame and UWA all offer courses.
4. Community organisations where students undertake significant learning resulting in the achievement of a quality assured award or certificate. A few examples of such organisations are: Cadets, AMEB, AUSTSWIM, Australian Science Innovations, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Cisco Networking, Law Society WA, Conservation Volunteers, Equestrian WA, Scouts, Surf Life Saving, World Challenge, YMCA- Youth Parliament, Yachting Australia, Trinity College London. There is a vast array of community organisations offering Endorsed Program opportunities.
5. Personal Development programs recognise activities that develop skills, knowledge and attitudes for the achievement of personal goals, civic responsibility and/ or improved health and fitness, for which no formal certificate or award is issued.
Shenton College encourages students to pursue their own personal development programs and apply, through the college, to the council for endorsement. Students can also select from a range of programs that have already been endorsed by the council.
Examples of such programs include: Personal sporting, arts and recreational pursuits, School Trips, School Productions, Student Council, Sports Coaching and Umpiring, Leeuwin Sail Training, Lions Club. My Big Gig Music, School of Instrumental Music, etc. Most of these programs require students to keep a journal of attendance at their chosen activity and detail evidence of the learning that has taken place throughout the year.
Endorsed Programs are given ‘unit equivalence’. This means that one or a combination of programs is considered equal to one unit of a WACE course. A maximum of ten unit equivalents can be counted towards the WACE. Achievement of endorsed programs must be reported to the Council in the year they are achieved or completed. Endorsed program units can also contribute to a Certificate of Commendation.
As you can see, Endorsed Programs offer students exciting and meaningful opportunities to develop skills in areas that are of interest to them. For further information please access Endorsed Courses School Curriculum and Standards Authority or email me at the College on Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org
To enrol in an endorsed program at Shenton College in University studies, Community Organisation or Personal Development, students should enrol prior to the end of Term 2. All documentation and portfolios need to be returned by:
Year 12 end of Term 3
Year 11 before exams in November
Year 10 by the end of November.