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.

The program is designed for students seeking a personalised and flexible approach to learning. Students enrolled in the Transition Program undertake a two or three year SACE completion that is planned with their Student Wellbeing Leader. Flexibility enables opportunities to transition earlier to other education programs, work or further training.

Throughout the program students are supported by a small team of teachers. Individual learning and work goals are identified with the support of teachers and a student wellbeing leader.

Students enrol in a package of subjects within the program, however there is the option of enrolling in other accredited learning a subject of specific interest, such as VET or allowing for a personalised focus contributing to successful outcomes

Program structure:

  • 80 Stage 1 credits within the Transition Program
    • Literacy
    • Numeracy
    • Community Studies
    • Research Practices
  • 70 Stage 2 credits including Research Project
  • SACE requirements are completed by accessing other accredited learning such as:
    • SACE subjects outside the Transition Program
    • VET
    • Short courses
    • Self-directed Learning
    • Community Recognised Programs

Program structure:

  • Literacy and numeracy for work
  • Career and work ready preparation and participation
  • Flexible strategies
  • Builds a collaborative social learning environment and community of connectedness

Last updated: 01 February 2021