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Educational Pathways

At St Philip's Christian College Cessnock we understand that every student learns differently — that is why we have created an innovative range of unique Year 11 and 12 pathways. As students enter Year 11 and 12, they are thinking about where they're heading after school. For some it will be off to work or further training; for others it will be university. St Philip's Christian College Cessnock's pathways set students up for success now and in the future — providing a culture of customisable enjoyable learning and career opportunities in which catapult students in the right direction.

HSC with ATAR Pathway

The first pathway that we offer at St Philip's Christian College Cessnock is a HSC pathway with an ATAR to enter University. Students who choose to undertake this pathway will complete a full range of academic subjects, with the possibility of including a VET subject. This pathway leads students to graduate with an ATAR, eventuating to possible tertiary lines of study.

HSC with Non-ATAR Pathway

The second pathway that students can undertake is a HSC pathway with a non-ATAR link. This pathway is designed for students who are not necessarily looking to attend university, but are looking to enter a trade, or vocational pathway of study. This allows a direct focus on VET subjects and trade subjects; perhaps a traineeship — as well as completing their HSC without the academic rigour that comes with an ATAR pathway.

This pathway affords students greater flexibility in their day-to-day timetables; students are able to be offsite for traineeships and work experience during the week. Students are able to undertake a range of subjects that have the potential to lead into a post-school pathway of traineeships, apprenticeships or even work placement once they finish their HSC.