Year 10 Taster Year


Year 10




Year 10 Taster Year

Year 10 Taster Year

Ranges TEC specialises in hands-on learning primarily for students who are looking to pursue a trade pathway and/or an alternative educational pathway to the VCE. Ranges TEC has developed a Year 10 pathways program that is exclusively designed for hands-on learners. It has been designed by trades people who know how to engage with students. The staff work alongside students and are able to help them see meaning in their learning tasks.

Our Pathways & Taster Program is a full-time education program and is designed to engage students in an educational program that is able to prepare them for the VCE VM and Certificate II studies. The program is made up of elements from the Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) and VET Certificates (micro-credentials). 

Ranges TEC is specially designed to empower your child’s future with our dynamic, hands-on learning environment that cultivates critical thinking, creativity, and skill development. Our dedicated staff and distinctive curriculum will help your child complete Year 12 and gain a pathway into trade, TAFE, or the wider workforce.

What does the Taster Year look like

  • Six Trade Tasters integrating Numeracy and Work Related Skills
    • Building and Construction
    • Electrotechnology
    • Furniture Making
    • Hospitality
    • Horticulture and 
    • Engineering
  • Literacy (VPC Units)
  • Numeracy  (VPC Units)
  • Personal Development Skills  (VPC Units)
  • Work Related Skills  (VPC Units)
  • The Rite Journey (TRJ)
  • Sport and Recreation Program
  • Community Projects – integrating (Personal Development Skills and Literacy)
  • Employability and Work Readiness Program, including Work Placement 
  • Wilderness Camp
  • Nationally recognised competencies
    • First Aid Certificate 
    • White Card

Community projects are another real life learning platform where students go into the community and take on meaningful projects that meet a community need. Students have influence in choosing these projects to give students agency in their learning. Personal Development Skills (PDS) and Literacy tasks are integrated throughout these projects in ways that engage and make sense for students. You will see in the example below that Work Related Skill (WRS) and Numeracy can also be integrated into these projects. An example of a Community Service Project that Ranges TEC has done was working with Melba Services. Firstly students went to Melba Services and learnt about what it is like to live with a significant disability. Then some practical needs were identified that our students could design (Numeracy) and build (WRS) a solution for. The students then had to design their solution, write a formal proposal (Literacy) and make a presentation (Oracy) to the staff at Melba Services. The staff from Melba Services chose the design that they believed to be the best and this was built. As we built Melba clients helped us and we worked together (PDS).
Ranges TEC has won Awards from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority for our Community Service Projects. This is State recognition for the quality of Ranges TEC’s Service Projects.
While much of our program is integrated we still have Numeracy and Literacy specific classes. These are scheduled in the morning, while practical classes are in the afternoon. This is very suited to very hands-on learners.
Ranges TEC Year 10 Program An important part of the Ranges TEC year 10 program is work placement. It helps provide students a firsthand experience of various work environments. Work Placement helps students:
  • Follow their work interests and decide whether a trade is really for them or not
  • Learn workplace communication skills, both written and oral, and grow in confidence to communicate face-to-face in the adult world
  • Experience a hard day’s work
  • Apply and continue to develop their OHS/WHS knowledge and skills
  • Explore and plan potential employment pathways
There are two different personal development classes in Year 10. The boys take on The Rite Journey (TRJ) where they explore four main areas, Who am I really? How do I get on with others? Is there something more? What is my purpose? The girls meet together for “Tradie Ladies”, where the girls explore similar issues as well as what it’s like as a female tradie.
The class sizes are small and offer a highly supportive environment to help students as they transition to adulthood.




Ranges TEC has helped me a lot, growing my skills and passion for woodwork. If I went to another school I would be learning basic skills and tools, but here I get to learn from a professional who is passionate about both their trade and seeing the best in me.

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