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Dromana College’s LEAP (Learning Enhancement and Acceleration Program) aims to cater to the individual needs of high ability and highly engaged students. The Year 7 and 8 program caters to the needs of these students by providing students with access to a more demanding curriculum, in a class with peers who are committed to and engaged in learning. Our approach to teaching and learning within LEAP at Year 7 and 8 is more attuned to the needs of high ability students. This approach includes having accomplished Year 12 VCE Teachers as the Pastoral and subject teachers for the LEAP class, having one teacher for English and HUMS and one teacher for Maths and Science and it includes the undertaking of two Language studies (Indonesian and Japanese) and studying Philosophy.

The Year 9 LEAP pathway is based on the best available research and evidence. We recognise the importance of giving all Year 9 students choice over their pathways, but we also recognise the importance of ensuring all students continue to gain exposure and breadth across a wide range of pathways.

With this in mind the LEAP pathway at Year 9 for 2020 differs from the mainstream Year 9 Program in a number of ways to ensure that we continue to meet the individual needs of our LEAP students.

How does the 2020 Year 9 LEAP Pathway differ from the mainstream Year 9 Pathway?

The LEAP Pathway aspires to prepare students for both the undertaking of University Enhancement subjects and the Victorian Baccalaureate in Year 11 and 12. (The Victorian Baccalaureate is a newly awarded certificate that complements the VCE).

To meet the requirements of the Victorian Baccalaureate students are required, at VCE level, to undertake a Language study and VCE Maths Methods as well as attain a high score in VCE English.

University Enhancement subjects are offered through Monash University in the areas of: AccountingBiologyBiomedical ScienceComputational ThinkingChemistryMathematicsMobile Applications Development and Physics.

To ensure students are given every opportunity to access these pathways in Senior School the Year 9 LEAP pathway requires students to:

  • Undertake at least one Language study (either Indonesian or Japanese)
  • Undertake LEAP Maths which aims to provide a pathway into Year 10 Extension Maths - Methods or VCE Maths Methods Unit 1 & 2 in Year 10. 
  • Undertake LEAP English, LEAP Humanities and LEAP Science
  • Be given the opportunity to access Year 10 / VCE studies offered within the Wednesday ‘F Block’

Year 9 Mainstream Program Sample:

Sem Core: Art / Tech Elective: Additional Electives:
Sessions  7 7 2 4 4 4 4 4 4


English Maths P/Care Science Humanities Art Elective

Elective 1

Elective 3 Elective 5
2 HPE Tech Elective Elective 2 Elective 4 Elective 6

Year 9 LEAP Program Sample:

Sem Core: Additional Electives:
Sessions  7 7 2 4 4 4 4 4 4


P/Care LEAP Science LEAP Humanities

Elective 1

(Art / Tech)

Language  HPE

Elective 5

Wed F Block Option


Elective 2

(Art / Tech)

Language Elective 4

Elective 6

Wed F Block Option


  • LEAP students must undertake a Language study
  • LEAP students will be together for English, Maths, Science and HUMS
  • LEAP students will have access to the Wednesday F block Yr 10 /11 electives. (Note: LEAP students are under no obligation to elect to undertake one of these subjects)
  • To qualify for continuation in LEAP students must be invited to access Extension Maths and / or Extension English in Year 9.

Year 10/11 Elective Options available to LEAP students (Wednesday F Block Options):

The following subjects are Year 10/11 subjects that are available to Year 9 LEAP students. The advantage of undertaking these subjects is that it gives LEAP students the opportunity to access University Enhancement Pathway options when they enter Senior School. Whilst all LEAP students are free to elect one of these subjects, approval for them to undertake the subject is dependent upon approval from the relevant teaching staff and Senior School Leaders.

YEAR 10 ASTROPHYSICS  & ORGANIC CHEMISTRY                                                           

This course is designed for Year 9 and 10 students who are thinking about studying VCE Chemistry and or Physics. In this course, students will learn about the types of bonding involved in ionic, covalent and metallic compounds. They will study organic chemistry and learn how to name and draw hydrocarbons. Students will apply this knowledge to investigate the reactions of hydrocarbons and explore compounds such as carboxylic acids and haloalkanes. They will also explore many of the really interesting topics in Physics which include astrophysics, circular motion, black holes, quantum mechanics, the Big Bang, dark matter, dual nature of light and much, much more.

While not a prerequisite for VCE, this course will be a great preparation and introduction to some of the content in the VCE course. It is suitable for Essential Science students and Year 9 students thinking of completing a Year 11 Science subject in Year 10.


Cracking the Code

  • Do you like solving puzzles?
  • Solving crimes?
  • The game of Cluedo?
  • Using computers?
  • Cracking codes?
  • Discovering secrets?
  • Do you see yourself as a future hacker?

Cryptography is the art of writing and solving codes

In this subject students will learn complex encryption and decryption methods, developing their mathematics and problem solving skills. Students will first look at the history of cryptography and develop basic skills and knowledge relating to ancient ciphers (dating back to the time of Julius Caesar). Students will delve into solving complex logic problems as well as learn new maths skills relating to about number theory, prime number theory as well as binary and modular arithmetic. Students will also develop their coding capabilities. Finally, with these skills, students will study modern cryptography methods and their role in IT security, such as keeping your credit card details secret or keeping online information hidden from hackers.

Note:     Students ideally require their own laptop to undertake this subject.

Skills & Knowledge

In the Victorian Curriculum, there is no learning area based specifically around Cryptography, however the skills learnt in this unit draw from various aspects of the curriculum (both learning areas and capabilities), providing students with an opportunity to meet several outcomes. Specific links are made below in the proposed Scope & Sequence. Generally, the course includes links with the following:

Learning Areas

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Digital Technologies


  • Personal & Social Capability
  • Ethical Capability
  • Critical & Creative Thinking

GROUP MUSIC PERFORMANCE                           

Group Music Performance will run every Wednesday afternoon sessions 3 and 4 and will be available to students in Years 9-11 who are enrolled in a Music subject at their year level and who are learning an instrument. Students who are intending on undertaking VCE Music are strongly encouraged to elect this subject as it will focus on building student’s performance skills in preparation for VCE Music.


The study of Literature is an exciting course that relies upon lively debate amongst class members to develop and extend an understanding and enjoyment of reading. Coursework includes creative responses, spirited discussion and analytical thinking and writing. This broad selection of tasks encourages students to become independent and critical thinkers. These skills will assist students in their future academic study and life-long careers.

Students interested in undertaking VCE Literature are strongly encouraged to undertake Year 10 Literature.

YEAR 10 PSYCHOLOGY                                                 

Year 10 Psychology introduces students to the scientific nature of Psychology. Students investigate the history of Psychology, consider influences on human behaviour from biological, behavioural, cognitive and socio-cultural perspectives. They examine the contribution that classic studies have made to the development of different psychological theories. Students will also have the chance to conduct their own scientific research and learn how to write a formal scientific report based on the evidence they have collected.

The purpose of Year 10 Psychology is to provide students with a pathway into VCE Psychology and provide sound preparation for the rigors of VCE Psychology.


Ever wished you could choose what you wanted to study in school? The Project offers you the opportunity to do that. You choose one of the following project types:

  • An extended dissertation (c2000-3000 words)
  • Creating an artefact
  • A research project/ investigation
  • A performance

The Project develops skills in project management, time planning, research and referencing – essential skills for VCE and University.  Each project requires you to develop a project proposal, create a project log, undertake research from a variety of sources, write up your findings and produce a short presentation of your project and it’s outcomes.

You must be self-motivated and able to work independently- the project is led and driven by you.

Sample project ideas: Dissertation/ Investigation? Do food labels affect how people shop? Should human cloning be allowed? Do violent computer games contribute to anti-social behaviour? Should human cloning be allowed? Is graffiti an art form?

Artefact/ performance: Develop a food for sale at a local market. Create a website/ animation/ sculpture/computer program. Make a toy for a child. 


This course involves students in the use of a variety of materials and media, as well as becoming familiar with the graphic elements and design processes. Students will be given a variety of creative topics to make them aware of Visual Communication and its uses in society. The course involves the use of Visual Communication in the following: graphic design, multimedia, architecture, industrial design, fashion design, cartography, pavilion design, freehand drawing and rendering, function of design in communication, illustration, engineering. Students gain an understanding of design and visual communication in industry and the workplace and the people involved. Students will produce a folio, workbook and design products. Computer generation of images will be included in all projects.

VCE ACCOUNTING                                                                                         

Unit 1: Establishing and operating a service business

This unit focuses on the establishment of a small business and the accounting and financial management of the business. Students are introduced to the processes of gathering and recording financial data and the reporting and analysing of accounting information by internal and external users. The cash basis of recording and reporting is used throughout this unit. Using single entry recording of financial data and analysis of accounting information, students examine the role of accounting in the decision-making process for a sole proprietor of a service business.

Unit 2: Accounting for a trading business

This unit extends the accounting process from a service business and focuses on accounting for a sole proprietor of a single activity trading business. Students use a single entry recording system for cash and credit transactions and the accrual method for determining profit. They analyse and evaluate the performance of the business using financial and non-financial information. Using these evaluations, students suggest strategies to the owner on how to improve the performance of the business.

VCE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE                                                               

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary science that explores the interactions and interconnectedness between humans and their environments and analyses the functions of both living and non-living elements that sustain Earth systems.

How can pollution be managed?

Students investigate the extent to which humans modify their environments and the consequences of these changes in local and global contexts with a focus on pollution, biodiversity, energy use and climate change; they explore the conceptual, behavioural, ethical and technological responses to these changes.

VCE Environmental Science provides for continuing study pathways within the field and leads to a range of careers. Diverse areas of employment range from design, including: landscape or building architecture, engineering and urban planning, environmental consultancy and advocacy, which may involve employment in air, water and/or soil quality monitoring and control, agriculture, construction, mining and property management and water quality engineering. Environmental scientists also work in cross-disciplinary areas such as: bushfire research, environmental management and conservation, geology and oceanography.


Geography is the study of exploring, analyzing and understanding the characteristics of the world around us. Some of the key skills built across geography include interpreting and analyzing maps; describing geographical phenomena; and collecting, sorting and representing information and data. Students undertake fieldwork each unit to investigate concepts learnt in the classroom. Overall geography aims to develop a sense of wonder and curiosity about people, cultures and environments throughout the world.

Unit 1: Hazards and disasters
In this unit students undertake an overview of hazards before investigating two contrasting types of hazards in detail. Some examples of hazards that may be studied include volcanic activity, tsunamis, earthquakes, landslides, bushfires, floods, infectious diseases, and epidemics. Students then proceed to explore the ways in which humans have responded to selected hazards, including through specific measures such as prediction and warning programs and community preparedness.

Unit 2: Tourism  
In this unit students investigate the characteristics of tourism, with particular emphasis on tourist destinations, its various forms, how it has changed and continues to change over time, and its impacts on people, places and environments. They select two contrasting examples of tourism from within Australia and elsewhere in the world to investigate in detail.

In this subject students will be introduced to understanding ‘Narrative’ and analysing film texts. They will also explore representations in various media products and the codes and conventions of different film genres. This will lead to students working individually and collaboratively to create short films, posters and magazines. Students will have access to the Macintosh Lab and all the programs in the Adobe CC suite. The aim of the course is to give students experience in using industry quality programs and prepare for VCE Unit 3 and 4.