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Many Talents one VCE

Are you a young person looking to complete senior secondary school in an alternative setting, or would you like to return to study as a mature-aged student? You have options!

Which course is for me

Depending on how you like to learn and where you want to go, you can join us in Years 10, 11 or 12 and complete secondary school with VCE or a Vocational Major.

Find out about the two streams of VCE

Find out about other information for Gordon VCE students


Victorian Pathways Certificate (Year 10)

  • It is suited to 15-17-year-old learners who may not have completed Year 10 studies.
  • The courses provide personal development skills and tasters to allow students to discover their learning interests.
  • Pathway to VCE or Vocational Major.


If you are self-motivated and willing to take responsibility for your learning, our VCE courses could be the answer.

  • VCE is a two-year course, and you can join us in Year 11 or Year 12 to complete your VCE, scored (ATAR) or unscored.
  • If you are 18 years and have been out of secondary education for at least one year, you can complete VCE in one year.

VCE Vocational Major

  • The Vocational Major can be started in Year 11 or Year 12.
  • Designed for hands-on learners looking to enter an apprenticeship, traineeship, a TAFE course, or directly into the workforce.
  • VET subjects and School-Based Apprenticeship form part of the course structure.

You must apply separately for your VETDSS course.  Contact VCE VET & Career Pathways Coordinator for assistance


Why The Gordon

  • Small class sizes
  • Hands-on support
  • Adult learning environment
  • Talented and caring teachers  
  • A fresh start and an opportunity to build new connections.



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VCE0000001 Victorian Certificate Education - Vocational Major

Studying your VCE VM at The Gordon will provide you the best opportunity to achieve personal goals and aspirations in a rapidly changing world.

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VCE0000001 Victorian Certificate of Education

The Gordon offers an alternative adult learning environment in Geelong, suitable for young or mature age student, to complete their VCE.

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VPC0000001 Victorian Pathways Certificate

Study the VPC if you are a student in Years 10, 11, and 12 who would benefit from a more accessible individualised program level than VCE or VCE VM.

Student story

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“I left school after year 10 to become a heavy vehicle diesel mechanic. About a year after my apprenticeship, working as a qualified mechanic, I started feeling mediocre about my career. 

I felt VCE for mature-aged students at The Gordon was the perfect place to start to change my career. The teachers at The Gordon were great, full of encouragement and always checking in to make sure everything is flowing smoothly. To anyone considering returning to study I'd say go for it, you will never know your capabilities until you push yourself.”

Alec McLachlan, VCE