In conjunction with the College’s Pastoral Care programme, the curriculum in Year 11 is designed to expose students to a number of new learning experiences with a variety of subject specialist teachers. The curriculum aims to enhance student learning experiences and assist them in the development of the required skills and knowledge to allow them to flourish as global citizens in the 21st Century.

The College operates on a 31 Period a week timetable, inclusive of a dedicated Pastoral Care Period. For the large part periods are 55 minutes in duration with six periods a day.

In order to meet the needs of individual students, Mater Dei College offers three pathways in Year 11. Students should choose the correct pathway for them based on a realistic view of what will deliver the greatest chance of success in line with;
• Skills and abilities
• Interests, passions and dislikes.
• Career aspirations
• Level of commitment required compared with past history and performance
• Student wellbeing

THE ATAR PATHWAY is for those students who are aiming for direct entry from Year 12 into a university education. Students can study up to 6 ATAR Courses, however at a minimum they must undertake at least 4. Students must meet all WACE requirements and achieve at least 50% in ATAR English. The final derived ATAR Score is derived from the top four courses after the final calculation of 50% the school based score, plus 50% of the final External examination score on the completion in Year 12. Entry to university is subject to individual University requirements.

THE ALTITUDE PATHWAY provides students with an alternative pathway to University without requiring an ATAR. Students can study between 0 to 3 ATAR courses and must successfully complete a Certificate ll or higher course. All Universities offer a variety of Alternative Entry Pathways which should be investigated according to the specialist field.

THE GENERAL PATHWAY is a General course pathway for those students who aspire to enter the workforce, TAFE or are seeking an Apprenticeship. Students may study a variety of General and Certificate Courses. The Certificate courses must not exceed more than 50% of the total Course combination and at least 1 Certificate ll or higher must be successfully completed.

Students undertake six courses for the duration of year. For five periods a week.