Alternative Programs

Alternative Programs are negotiated for and accessed by college based students who identify as requiring specialised learning environments. Decisions are made in collaboration with the Assistant Principal Alternative Programs, Student Wellbeing Leaders, parents/carers, teachers and students.

Open Access College provides a range of programs for students from R – 12.

Alternative Programs offer personalised and variable approaches with responsive curricula accommodating student learning needs as documented in the One Child One Plan (OCOP).

Key features of Alternative Programs:

  • Students work in supportive and collaborative environments with a small team of teachers
  • Teachers, students and parents/carers work together to develop SMARTAR goals which integrate learning in ways that is relevant, meaningful, challenging and Australian Curriculum, SACE and/or VET accredited
  • Focus on literacy and numeracy skills
  • Students identify individual learning and life goals and as they reach Middle Years work/post school goals are included
  • Students are encouraged to engage in learning within and beyond the classroom sustaining transitions through school to work or other study
  • Senior year’s students have a range of supported and independent learning and may select subjects of their choice

    Alternative Program staff:

    • Encourage students to develop a positive self-concept, both as an individual and as a learner.
    • Use the best form of communication as agreed in the (OCOP), liaise with parents and Student Wellbeing Leaders and promote differentiated learning activities.
    • In the Senior Years teachers maintain and further develop close links with support services, employer groups, universities, TAFE and other providers of education and employment.
    • Undertake Professional Learning to ensure they maintain currency.

    Programs offered:

    Students from R – 9 who are identified as requiring specialised learning environments are managed on a case by case basis with the Student Wellbeing Leader.

    Designed for students seeking a way into the world of work in a supportive, team environment. The program focuses on developing life-skills and work readiness through literacy, numeracy and technology.

    Students begin by identifying individual learning and work goals and work throughout the year to achieve these goals with the support of a skills-based teaching team.

    The New Directions course operates on a basis of:

    • Focus on literacy and numeracy skills
    • Small group of teachers
    • Career and workplace preparation
    • Work related learning
    • Full time learning program

    To complete the full New Directions Program students will enrol in:

    • Personal Learning Plan (SACE)
    • Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways (VET)

    Completion of these courses will establish student's pathways to either complete their SACE or to transition to further training or work.

    The Personalised Learning Plan (PLP) is a compulsory subject at Stage 1.

    Achievement of C or better for the PLP will earn students 10 credits towards their SACE and successful completion of the subject.

    Completion of the Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways will earn students maximum 15 credits towards their SACE.

    Designed for students seeking a personalised and flexible approach to learning with a focus on transition to work or other study. Students and teachers participate across online platforms with a specific focus on developing a collaborative social learning environment.

    The program is full time and has four phases - engagement, learning, accreditation, transition. Students develop life-skills through literacy, numeracy and community studies and opportunities to be involved work related learning, tailored around student needs.

    Students identify individual learning and work goals with the support of a skills-based teaching team.

    Students will enrol in a package of subjects. They also have the option of enrolling in a subject of specific interest, allowing for a personalised focus and generally contributing to successful learning outcomes.

    Program features:

    • group of four subjects – access to 80 Stage 1 credits during the year
      -- Literacy
      -- Numeracy
      -- Community Studies
      -- Personal Learning Plan and/or Research practice
    • focus on literacy and numeracy skills
    • small team of teachers
    • career and workplace planning
    • work related learning
    • flexible strategies
    • collaborative social learning environment
    • build a collaborative community of learners

    The program is full time and has been designed for students seeking a personalised and flexible approach to learning with a focus on SACE completion or its equivalent. Students develop life and work skills to suit personal post school pathway choices.

    Students identify individual learning and work goals with the support of a skills-based teaching team. Students will enrol in a package of subjects that enable completion of 70 compulsory credits at Stage 2.

    Program features:

    • integrated curriculum including Integrated Learning, Community Studies and Research Project
    • focus on preparation for post school pathways - career awareness and work readiness
    • literacy and numeracy for work
    • work related learning
    • small team of teachers
    • flexible strategies
    • builds a collaborative social learning environment and community

    An innovative 12 month program empowering young people to engage in preparation for either life beyond school or re-entry to education.

    Partnerships and Pathways is an inclusive strengths based program for young people aged 15 – 17 wanting to engage in a range of activities outside the classroom that are inclusive, flexible and responsive to individual need.

    Program features:

    • Personalised engagement and learning by working collaboratively to construct a program suiting individual learning and pathways
    • Pathways from the program to work, training or SACE completion
      -- VET – as identified by students with the Student Wellbeing Leader, Statewide Transition program
      -- SACE – PLP, Community Studies, Self-directed learning
      -- Numeracy and Literacy – online program Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB)
      -- Individual Learning and Transition Plan
      -- Access to a range of short and taster courses
    • Personalised and supported transition planning
    • Case management by an Open Access College Student Wellbeing Leader who works with each young person and their family to support learning and well-being by ensuring that services engaged are appropriate for need and are readily accessible.
    • Regular contact with a small team of teachers

    Last updated: 03 April 2019