Underpinning our academic and wellbeing programs are the core values of wonder, courage, hope, hospitality, compassion and justice.  Innovative curriculum and effective pedagogy equip Marian students with skills, values and capabilities that enable them to continue to learn, respond to challenges, contribute to the community and to ‘do well in life’.

There is an integrated approach to combining academics and wellbeing in our learning program and all learning takes place in an environment that is both challenging and supportive.

We encourage our students to exemplify the characteristics of the Marian Learner, developing a true love of learning. Marian Learners are curious, creative, adaptable and collaborative whilst being brave in their learning, willing to seek challenges and take a risk. Students should seek, reflect and act on feedback, identifying their next learning steps, forging their individual identity and pathway.

Middle Years (7, 8 and 9)

The Year 7 and 8 Program at Marian College supports the transition to secondary school and equips our students with key understandings, skills and capabilities, establishing the foundation for the years ahead.

In Years 7 and 8 students study a broad range of core subjects, covering all Learning Areas and integrating the General Capabilities of the Victorian Curriculum (link to table below).

Learning Areas/Subjects Studied in Years 7 and 8

  • Religious Education
  • Pastoral Care
  • English
  • Humanities – History and Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Performing Arts – Drama and Music
  • LOTE / Language Program – Italian, Indonesian, Language/EAL Support
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Design Art and Technology – a range of visual arts and technology units are covered over Years 7 and 8
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)

At Year 9, there is an integrated approach within the curriculum program and more opportunities for experiential learning, authentically linking the classroom to the wider community and environment. Year 9 students are also able to select from a wide range of electives that provide a springboard for their senior years program.

Senior Years (10, 11, 12)

Year 10 is the first year of our senior years program with a diversity of electives on offer and the option for students to build Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) Units into their Year 10 Program. As an alternative to the standard Year 10 Program, students may choose the Applied Learning Program where they can complete Foundation VCAL Units, whilst still participating some core and elective Year 10 subjects.

Year 11 and 12 students pursuing a VCE Pathway choose from a diverse selection of VCE and VCE VET subjects. Our VCAL Program is tailored to meet the goals and need of each student enrolled in that pathway.


Subject Handbooks

Year 9-10 Program Subject Handbook
Senior Certificates Subject Handbook

Marian College offers a career counselling service which aims to provide our community with mentoring and support in the selection of career choice opportunities available and enhance their ability to make informed decisions regarding their post-school options.

The College provides qualified Career Practitioners and a Pathways Coordinator who offer career counselling and guidance on tertiary courses and further education and training, current information about the job market and advice to students to support them in their future career planning.

To support and enhance this service, the College offers:

  • A well-resourced careers centre with information about further education options and pathways.
  • Individual interviews which provide opportunities for students to reflect on individual strengths and aptitudes
  • Individual counselling, subject choice counselling and VTAC preference counselling
  • Careers and course events for Years 10-12
  • Career development and career education programs.
  • Information on volunteering, work experience and SWL opportunities

Our College has a dedicated careers website which is a portal of comprehensive information that assists families to stay up to date with current information from the many Universities, TAFEs and private providers of education. The website is an essential tool to assist in making an appointment with our careers counsellors and to navigate through the abundance of information pertaining to universities and career options.