Learning Pathways

Kennedy students are part of a caring Christian community where they are expected to strive for personal excellence in all that they do. At Kennedy, students learn to see life’s opportunities as theirs to seize and obstacles as challenges to overcome.

Years 7 to 10

Students in Years 7 to 10 follow the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline, an adaptation of the Australian Curriculum, as prescribed by the Schools Curriculum and Standards Authority. Students in these year groups also have the opportunity to choose from a diverse range of elective subjects.

A number of schools, both private and government, offer Talented and Gifted Programs, generally referred to as Extension. Appropriate resources and engaging students at their individually assessed levels help to maintain motivation and engagement. These programs involve streaming students according to performance ability.

At Kennedy Baptist College, the highest stream is the Extension group in which students are assessed at a significantly higher level, with formalised examinations starting in Semester One, Year 9.

As the majority of students at Kennedy Baptist College enter university at the completion of Year 12, the College has a curriculum that extends and enriches students throughout Years 7 to 10, exposing them to higher order cognitive concepts and skills. This is further enhanced by the streaming process whereby students are placed, at an appropriate age according to individual performance, into one of five stream levels:

  • Extension
    The Extension class is aimed at students who have demonstrated a very high capacity and potential in these areas. The pace of curriculum delivery is fast, teaching the curriculum in a condensed time frame. Extension and enrichment activities that utilise higher-order cognitive skills complete the learning program.
  • Advanced
    Delivers a curriculum, generally at cohort level with some extension activities at a quickened pace.
  • General
    Courses explore the curriculum at the cohort level, working at a pace that endeavours to reinforce and develop key concepts and skills.
  • Foundation
    Covers key concepts and essential core skills of the curriculum at the cohort level.
  • Modified
    Individualised program for students working well below cohort level.

Students entering the College in Year 7 are placed in mixed ability classes and one extension class known as Kennedy Extension and Enrichment Program (KEEP).
Each student has the opportunity to make a fresh start from their primary schooling and work to their best ability before all students are streamed.

Kennedy Enrichment & Extension Program
In keeping with Kennedy Baptist College’s mission of providing educational opportunities of excellence in a Christian context and addressing the needs of individuals for lifelong learning, the College has a selective entry academic talent program for Year 7. The purpose of the Kennedy Extension and Enrichment Program (KEEP) and program for KEEP can be found: www.kennedy.wa.edu.au/discover/specialist-programs/

Students are streamed for Mathematics, Science, Humanities and English with the opportunity for all students to extend their capabilities within the Western Australian Curriculum. At the conclusion of each semester, these classes are reviewed and, where necessary, changes can be made. Any change to a student’s streaming will be discussed with the student’s parents.

To view the current electives available, please click below.

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Years 11 and 12

Senior School students choose their courses for Years 11 and 12 in accordance with the
recommendations provided through the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.

Kennedy students can combine a variety of courses and programs to achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). Senior school options include ATAR courses of study, General courses of study, Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications and Workplace Learning.

In striving to achieve the WACE, students complete one of two course options:

  1. WACE courses to achieve an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) to enter university.
  2. A program incorporating WACE courses, Vocational Education and Training (VET) or Workplace Learning to enter university or TAFE or the work force.

WACE Courses offered at Kennedy

Kennedy Baptist College offers 40 WACE courses, catering for the complete range of academic abilities.

Every Senior School student has the opportunity to excel in a program of their choosing. Staff in the senior years will assist students in their decision-making process by providing the information and support needed to select and pursue their chosen pathway.
For more details of the courses offered at Kennedy, including required prior knowledge and the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), please click below.

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Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools

The VET in Schools Program allows a student to gain a nationally recognised qualification along with workplace experience and skills, while at school. Qualifications are available to Year 11 and 12 students from a range of industries.

The VET system and the education system are distinct but complementary. The VET sector is industry-driven with qualifications that are directly linked to specific jobs. A VET qualification indicates to employers that the applicant has demonstrated the skills required for the job at an industry standard. Qualifications that students can access whilst in Year 11 and 12 are driven by the current and future demands of the workforce.

For more information, please visit the following link.

VET qualifications offered at Kennedy Baptist College

Using external Registered Training Organisations, Kennedy Baptist College offers the following on-site VET qualifications:

  • Certificate II in Financial Services
  • Certificate II in Workplace Skills
  • Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation

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