Hampton Park Secondary College has a strong tradition of transition processes that are individualised and nurturing. We have a variety of processes in place to allow for a smooth transition of students on their journey to, and their time, at the college.

We pride ourselves on the strong collaboration we have with feeder primary schools. In Term 4 of the year before students begin at the college, Year 6 students complete learning tasks that assist Explore (Year 7) teachers in gauging the learning needs of all our Year 6 students transitioning to the College. Specific Learning Programs are then designed for the students, with the students, as they enter their Explore year. Our staff visit with primary school staff with current Explore students to ensure that each child’s learning and social needs are well understood when we are allocating classes

In order to maximise learning outcomes, students in the Explore cohort have two main core teachers that make up their English/Humanities, Maths/Science and Health Education teaching. This also allows for a personalised and individual approach where students’ learning needs are understood and they can excel in a supportive relationship.

Students and their families are welcomed at a “Greet the Teachers” evening in February, the College annual Open Night where we showcase our programs, values and initiatives and at our end of year Awards Night.

Explore (Year 7)

The first stage of learning at Hampton Park Secondary College is named ‘Explore’.

As this is the first year of learning at a secondary college, we encourage all Year 7 students to do exactly as the name of this stage suggests and explore the range of subjects on offer.

In addition, choices should be made with interests, pathways, and future work or career options in mind. If students have an idea about future learning directions, the course selection process is easier.

Students can establish goals for the future, and choose subjects that best help to meet these goals. However, when a student is uncertain about their pathway and learning direction, our broad selection of subjects allows them the opportunity to investigate varied learning experiences.

In selecting subjects, it is important for students to consider the following:

  • Knowledge of strengths, aptitudes, and interests
  • Parent/carer advice
  • Advice from Grade 6 teachers
  • Possible career pathways

The Explore Course Structure is divided into two main areas: Core Subjects and Student Choice Taster Electives.


  • English/EAL (2 Semesters)
  • Maths (2 Semesters)
  • Health/Physical Education (2 Semesters)
  • Humanities (2 Semesters)
  • Science (1 Semester)
  • Literacy Intervention (2 Semesters) for students needing additional support, undertaken in place of Humanities


  • 6 Tasters, each lasting 1 Term
  • Options are available from the areas of Arts, Humanities, Languages, Science, STEAM, Technology
Hampton Park Secondary College aims to prepare students for lifelong learning and the world of work. There are many paths to achieving each goal, with Explore (Year 7) being an important stepping stone along the way.

Enhance (Years 8 to 10)

Students across the “Enhance” years (Years 8-10) are introduced to a wide range of subject choices, but these choices must be made with interests, pathways, and future work and career options in mind. If students have an idea about what they want to do in life, the course selection process is easier. Students should establish goals for the future. Once this is accomplished, courses can be chosen that best help to meet these goals.

In selecting subjects it is important for students to consider the following:

  • Advice from subject teachers
  • Knowledge of strengths, aptitudes, and interests
  • Possible career pathways
  • Possible tertiary prerequisites
  • Parent/carer advice

To assist students in choosing the most suitable pathways, course counselling will take place and where possible, senior pathways will be discussed. Hampton Park Secondary College aims to prepare students for lifelong learning and the world of work. There are many paths to achieving each goal, with Years 8 – 10 being ‘stepping stones’ along the way. For example, some students may be intending to undertake a university degree whilst others may be intending to choose a TAFE pathway.

Knowing where you are going and how you can get there is important.

Excel (Years 11 & 12)

The Excel cohort consist of Year 11 & 12 students. These students have the option to study VCE, VCAL and VET in a variety of combinations to meet their specific needs.

The College aims to provide Excel students with knowledge and understanding of themselves, as well as the world of work. This is done by teaching the skills to analyse, plan and implement career decisions. By developing their career planning and decision making processes, students will be better able to undertake their subject selections to help them transition into their desired work type. Excel students are empowered with the skills and confidence to implement post-school career decisions and anticipate and manage future work transitions.

The Excel focus is on supporting the best possible pathway for each individual student. We work with students and families to determine an appropriate pathway from compulsory years of schooling through to further education or employment, for each individual student. This means supporting all students to make informed choices based on their interests, abilities and aspirations for the future. It also means providing highly relevant programs that challenge, motivate, engage and support our students.

Learning options available to our Excel students include

  • A VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) program offering a wide range of VCE subjects from all areas of study, which can also include VETiS (Vocational Education & Training in Schools) studies, which can be undertaken either at HPSC or a neighbouring school or TAFE college
  • A VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) program designed to develop skills specific to the workplace. All VCAL students complete a VET course and are involved in Structured Workplace Learning, giving them valuable experience in the workforce.
  • A combination of VCE and VCAL.


We offer a Career Pathways Expo during Term 2 to our Enhance and Excel students. Here students and their families are able to discuss different options and pathways available to them within the College and through external providers.

Subject Handbooks

Year 7

Year 8 to 10

Year 11 & 12