Credit for Application
A Credit for Application can only be awarded to a:
- Year 7 – 10 student who has achieved at least six Work Habits ratings across the semester at ‘Excellent’, with none below ‘Good’ (or proportional equivalent for subjects with less than 9 Work Habits fields)
- Year 11 or 12 student who has achieved “Consistently” in all four areas of the work habits section.
- Completion of homework, assignments and assessment tasks to the best of the student’s ability;
- High levels of application in class and cooperation with others;
- Regular attendance and punctuality and submission of work on time;
In judging the above criteria, allowance must be made, where appropriate, for special circumstances, or for cases in which an inconsistent start to a course is followed by significant improvement and consistency thereafter. However, be very judicious about the allocation at the top levels.
Credit for Excellence
A Credit for Excellence will be awarded to students who, in one or more subjects, satisfy the “achievement” criteria as follows:
- Completion of all Assessment Tasks;
- Consistent submission of work on time;
- Consistently high levels of achievement on all assessment tasks throughout the semester. This judgement can be made by:
- Students in Years 7 – 10 achieving ‘Above Expected’ or ‘Well Above Expected’ on all but one Learning Focus Statement (and Examination at year 10) and none ‘Below Expected Standard’.
- Students in Year 11 gaining an average of an ‘A’ over the semester with no more than one task below an A.
- A Credit for Excellence is for a student who has achieved at a very high standard throughout the semester (including the exam) but who does not in some way(s) or other meet the criteria in the work habits/learning habits section (and therefore cannot be awarded an Honour).
- To gain a Credit for Excellence, a student does not have to also meet all of the criteria for a Credit for Application listed above. The reason for not awarding an Honour can be made clear in the comment.
Students undertaking a VCE/VCAL/VET Unit 1 and 2 Subject with an End-of-Semester Examination be aware that the Examination cannot be used as justification of a “S” or “N” and is therefore not taken as part of the regular consideration for the criteria for Credit for Excellence and hence an Honour. In situations where a student’s performance on the exam is not up to the level of achievement on assessment tasks done during the semester, then particular care must be taken. If a student has performed poorly on an exam:
Year 11 Example: If a student in Year 11 achieved a ‘D’ on the exam then a Certificate for Excellence (and therefore an Honour) should not be awarded irrespective of performance on Assessment Tasks during the semester. Similarly, if a student achieves an ‘A+’ on the Year 11 exam but has averaged ‘C’ during the semester, then he/she cannot be awarded a Certificate for Excellence (and therefore an Honour).
Parents of a student in this category who does not receive an award should be able to see why from the work profile and/or comments.
Students of Year 12 subjects with externally generated study scores (i.e., all except: VET Building & Construction, Automotive Technology Studies, and Applied Fashion Design and Technology) will only be awarded a Credit for Excellence and Honours for these subjects at the end of the year on the basis of the externally derived study scores. Those Year 12 subjects without externally generated study scores require judicious allocation of both a Credit for Excellence and Honours to students for each semester of their enrolment for these Year 12 subjects.
The award of an Honour reflects outstanding application and excellence in particular subjects. A student can only be awarded an Honour if they satisfy the criteria for both a Credit for Application and a Credit of Excellence: That is, if he/she has achieved a very high standard throughout the semester including the exam (if there is one) AND achieves the highest possible ratings in all Work Habits categories on the report.
Note: Students undertaking a VCE/VCAL/VET Unit 3 and 4 Subject are only awarded Honours at the end of the year and on the basis of VCAA assessments, irrespective of their eligibility for either a Credit for Application or a Credit of Excellence.