Advanced Level

SYLF Advanced course structure

The structure of the SYLF Advanced provides a framework to accommodate a range of vocational, academic and personal development subjects from accredited state, national or internationally based courses. The framework differs from other vocational programs as it has been developed for students who are seeking entry into university at the completion of their senior secondary studies.

Students intending to study at university will need to ensure they also complete the requirements of a state, national or internationally accredited course, eg. VCE, WACE or IBDP to obtain an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank.

The six units of learning

Industry learning advanced (20 week structured placement)

Industry learning at the advanced level allows students to complete a structured work placement, part time apprenticeship, traineeship or part time job. 

The focus is on developing students workplace values and introducing them to the concepts of business etiquette, communication, workplace safety and management. Possible placements include:

  • Conservation coordinator
  • Heritage management field assistant
  • Engineering or geo-science assistant
  • Community welfare support worker

Personal development advanced (40 hour structured placement)

The study of personal development at the advanced level allows students to participate in a community based project or other negotiated structured activity such as taking care of a family member or supporting a refugee family. 

Personal development advanced aims to build students self confidence through undertaking new challenges, whilst also fostering teamwork skills and a sense of social awareness.

Academic learning

To complete the SYLF Advanced Level, students are requried to study English and three other senior secondary academic subjects from at least two of the following domains:

  • English and languages - English is a complusory subject and various languages can be studied (i.e. French, Chinese)
  • Humanities and social sciences  (history, legal studies) 
  • Mathematics, science or technology (chemistry, physics)
  • Creative arts (drama, music)