Wesley College Melbourne Australia
Wesley College Curriculum

Senior Years Learning Framework

The Senior Years Learning Framework (SYLF) offers a new approach to learning targeted at students in the final years of their secondary education. It is designed and administered by Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

A unique approach to learning within a vocational and personal development framework, the SYLF is characterised by its provision of an educational experience that:

  • Consciously integrates personal learning, industry learning and academic learning
  • Recognises and develops among students an appreciation of the complementary nature of vocational and academic learning and of their parity in value
  • Requires an extended practical workplace experience as a means of developing those attributes necessary for workforce participation
  • Develops among learners the awareness, sensitivities and competencies needed for operating successfully across cultures*
  • Is flexible, broad, rigorous and holistic
  • Is national (ie available to students throughout Australia)
The flexible structure of the SYLF makes it possible for students to undertake study of accredited senior secondary courses so as to ensure their eligibility for direct admission to tertiary education programs at TAFE or university.  

The SYLF is well-suited to students who:

  • Wish to follow a program that integrates with equal rigour academic study, industry learning and deep engagement with self, others and community
  • Aspire to earn a qualification that offers them a broad range of pathways – workplace or industry training or university study – from which to make a choice on completion of their senior secondary studies
  • Are interested in developing the competences essential to engaging successfully with other cultures.

Structure and requirements of the SYLF

The SYLF is available at two levels – Standard Level and Advanced Level – each of which comprises studies across three broad areas of learning:

  • Industry Learning
  • Personal Learning
  • Academic Learning

At both Standard and Advanced Levels students will complete six units of learning, each studied over a minimum of two years.

Standard Level

Students who undertake the SYLF at Standard Level will be required to:

Complete 20 weeks of Industry Learning

  • Participate in 150 hours of Personal Development activities, including community service, and completion of a project involving cultural awareness
  • Complete all of the subjects in the Foundation Skills Training Package Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways (FSK20113), to fulfil the requirements of the Academic Learning strand

These are minimum requirements that will take place over a two-year period.

The course is designed to provide entry-level employment skills, which are enhanced by learning experiences in workplaces and other community settings. It is intended that the experiences provided in this course will facilitate pathways to further education, training and work.

The course involves a nominal 2,000 hours of study; to be allotted across each of the six areas of study as follows:

  • Industry Learning: 800 hours  (ie 20 weeks)
  • Personal Development: 150 hours
  • Employability Skills: 250 hours
  • Literacy: 250 hours
  • Numeracy: 250 hours
  • ICT Literacy: 250 hours

Advanced Level 

Course Overview

To qualify for certification on the SYLF, Advanced Level, a student must satisfactorily complete:
  • 20 weeks of Industry Learning
  • 150 hours of Personal Development activities including community service and completion of a project involving cultural awareness
  • Studies in a minimum of four academic subjects from the VCE and VCE VET. Academic subjects must include English (compulsory) and three other subjects chosen from a minimum of two other domains of academic learning (see domains listed below)

The course is designed to be studied over a two-year period. 

The structure of the SYLF Advanced Level provides a framework to accommodate a range of accredited state, national or internationally based courses or single subjects that may be taken by a student. The SYLF certificate is awarded in addition to these qualifications.  The course differs from other vocationally based courses in that there is an expectation that students will progress directly to university. The course has been structured in a flexible fashion so that it can be adapted to local and regional requirements and opportunities.

The opportunity to combine a selection of subjects with areas of industry interest under the SYLF allows students to tailor and contextualise their academic studies through the experience of an extended vocational placement and the strong emphasis on personal development.

Nominal study hours for each of the areas of study undertaken for the SYLF, Advanced Level, are as follows:

  • Industry Learning:    800 hours (ie 20 weeks)
  • Personal Development:    150 hours
  • Academic Learning: 1,000 hours
    • Languages Domain – English (compulsory)
    • Humanities, Social Sciences Domain
    • Mathematics, Science or Technology Domain
    • Creative Arts Domain

VCE Subjects available for study within the Senior Years Learning Framework


Humanities;                   Social Sciences

Mathematics; Science; Technology

Creative Arts

English or
English as an Additional Language (EAL)



Music Performance

Chinese First Language

Business Management


Studio Arts

Chinese Second Language


Health & Human Development

Theatre Studies




Visual Communication Design


History: 20th Century

General Mathematics (Further)



History: Revolutions

General Mathematics (Specialist)



Legal Studies

Mathematical Methods (CAS)



Physical Education