Parkville Campus | Parkville College
Parkville College is a specialist Victorian Government School that provides education 365 days per year, to students who are, or have been, detained in custody. On 31 July 2012, the Minister for Education formally established Parkville College at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct (PYJP), in response to recommendations from the Ombudsman in October 2010.
The Parkville Campus is based at the maximum-security Parkville Youth Justice Precinct, which houses a total of nine units of sentenced and remand boys and girls in separate facilities, aged between 10 and 21 years old.
In response to the diverse array of abilities, Parkville College teachers have developed a credible and flexible curriculum to meet students’ varying needs and interests, comprising of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE):
Parkville College teachers are qualified to teach a large number of VCE subjects. In particular, our teachers have developed extensive curriculum resources for two VCE studies that are of relevance for our students:
VCE Legal Studies investigates the ways in which the law and the legal system relate to and serve individuals and the community. This knowledge is central to understanding the workings of contemporary Australian society.
When undertaking VCE Legal Studies Unit 1, Criminal Law in Action, Students examine the need for laws and regulations in society, investigating the key features of criminal law, how it is enforced and adjudicated, including possible outcomes and impacts of crime. Studying Legal Studies Unit 1 directs that experience into a positive outcome for our students, allowing them to successful re-integrate into society with further knowledge and understanding.
VCE Philosophy explores some of the most enduring and influential ideas that underpin society’s greatest achievements in ethics, science and the arts. This, together with learning to think critically and with an open-mind, fosters the reflection necessary for deep insights and ethical decision making at all levels. Studying Philosophy enables our students to think through the consequences of their actions and make ethical choices to impact their lives.
Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL):
The majority of Parkville College students undertake the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning, (VCAL). VCAL is an applied learning hands-on option for senior secondary school students in Victoria, which gives students’ practical, work-related experience as well as literacy, numeracy and personal skills.
VCAL’s flexible structure enables students to undertake a study program that suits their interests and learning needs. VCAL gives Parkville College students’ practical, work-related experience and a qualification, recognised by TAFE institutes and employers, helping students move from school into work, an apprenticeship or traineeship or further training.
Also based at the Parkville Campus, is the Park Street Flexible Learning Centre. The Flexible Learning Centre is a transitional campus of Parkville College, designed for young people who have been, involved with the youth justice system, or Secure Welfare Services.