Learning Pathways

We offer multiple pathways to meet the needs and interests of students and provide the with the opportunity to achieve multiple qualifications on school completion.

Our secondary schools offer subject selections that can lead to early entrance to selected universities whilst completing their Higher School Certificate (HSC).




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Catholic Trade Training Centres

An innovative approach to learning, Catholic Trade Training Centres (CTTC) allow students to work towards their first year of an apprenticeship, whilst at the same time completing their Higher School Certificate.

There are two Catholic Trade Training Centres (CTTC) in the Diocese of Parramatta located at McCarthy Catholic College Emu Plains and Loyola Senior High School Mount Druitt open to all Year 11 and 12 students.

Catholic Trade Training Centres offer students the opportunity to:

  • complete Years 11 and 12 in a Catholic school
  • attain the Higher School Certificate
  • receive outcomes towards a Certificate III qualification and the equivalent of a first year apprenticeship
  • undertake industry training and paid work with a workplace mentor.

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Post school options program for students with additional needs

Post School Options provides personalised intervention for students with additional learning needs.

Opportunities include short pre-vocational courses for students in Year 9 and 10, work experience, mentoring, enterprise training, culturally specific supports and vocational education opportunities. Teachers and workplace trainers support students undertaking workplace learning tailored to the needs of the student.

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Vocational education is all work related learning in schools. Research shows that vocational learning at school is important for successful transition into adult life. Parramatta Catholic systemic schools have a range of programs for Years 7-12 that address learning about, and through, work as well as employability skills development.

Students have the opportunity to undertake accredited Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses. These courses give dual accreditation for the HSC or School Certificate as well as Nationally Recognised Training qualification recognised throughout Australia. These courses are delivered either within school or by external providers such as TAFE or private providers such as Motor Trader's Association.

All schools offer a variety of VET courses from the list below. Most schools specialise in the delivery a few of these. Some schools specialise in offering a wide range of VET courses including:

  • Business Services
  • Electrotechnology
  • Entertainment
  • Information Technology
  • Primary Industries
  • Construction
  • Hairdressing
  • Hospitality
  • Metals and Engineering
  • Retail
  • Tourism
  • Financial Services
  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Primary Industries
  • Fitness

Almost one half of senior students in Parramatta diocesan Catholic schools study VET courses. All VET courses give students the opportunity to fast track a career. Qualifications achieved at school will be recognised for further training beyond school and generally provide credit transfer to related higher qualifications.

All VET courses provide practical and hands-on approaches to learning that are enjoyed by many students. All students are required to do a minimum one-week on-the-job each year. This gives them the chance to apply their classroom learning in a real world setting and some students pick up part-time jobs that provide a valuable work record and experience for later life.

Absolutely. All VET courses, whether studied at school or with another registered provider, give credit for the HSC and will appear on the HSC Statement of Attainment issued by the Board of Studies. Additionally, many VET courses offer an HSC examination and and an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score that can count towards university entrance into all degrees.

Many students who are bound for university take a VET course. The record shows that they are not disadvantaged for university entrance. HSC marks in VET courses compare more than favourably with marks in general courses when students commit study time.

Completion of Certificate III courses provide a direct pathway to university without ATAR.

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta has two schools incorporating a trade training centre:

Loyola Catholic Trade Training Centre Mt Druitt

Loyola Catholic Trade Training Centre Mt Druitt offers:

  • Automotive Mechanical
  • Shopfitting
  • Carpentry
  • Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)
  • Electrotechnology
  • Hairdressing
  • Engineering
  • Early Childhood Education and Care.
Loyola Website

McCarthy Catholic Trade Training Centre Emu Plains

McCarthy Catholic Trade Training Centre Emu Plains offers:

  • Automotive Mechanical
  • Brick and Block Laying
  • Carpentry
  • Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)
  • Electrotechnology
  • Hairdressing
  • Engineering
  • Early Childhood Education and Care.
McCarthy Website

Students will complete the HSC and the first year of a trade qualification.

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Students with special needs often benefit from undertaking VET courses. The dual qualifications and work experience are valued by employers and are an obvious advantage for transition beyond school.

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