Academic Streams

Academic Streams

Academic streams

Our academic streams align with the University of Melbourne’s undergraduate degrees. They
are designed to give students an idea of where their future studies might take them. Students have the opportunity to attend classes on the University of Melbourne campus, study with university lecturers and prepare for tertiary study.

ARTS

For those interested in studying a Bachelor of Arts Degree, this stream will give you a fascinating insight into the world of the humanities and social sciences. You will learn about the diverse world in which we live by exploring the psychology of being human and what makes you think and behave the way you do; the role of media and communications and how advertising impacts our everyday choices; develop a deeper understanding of the complexities of society and culture; gain insights into criminal behaviour, offender profiling and what makes the criminal mind work; and be introduced to a world of wonder and play through drama. Our innovative and highly interactive workshops are designed to inspire your passion in the arts and further develop key learning skills such as reflective and independent thinking, problem-solving, critical thinking and evidence-based decision making. This stream will leave you with connections, stories and a greater understanding of the diverse subject choices that are offered in a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

PSYCHOLOGY:  THE SCIENCE OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR (NEW)

This stream has been designed for students who are intrigued by human behaviour, fascinated by the human mind and have a particular interest in abnormal behaviour and mental illness. Adopting a scientific framework to understand what it means to be human, the biological, psychological and social influences that contribute to behavioural dysfunction will be investigated and a range of specific disorders discussed in terms of their causes,
symptomatology, evidence-based treatments and cross cultural sensitivities. Historical considerations and
changing perceptions of acceptable human behaviour will be explored as well as the implications of being diagnosed with a mental illness today. Highly interactive workshops will facilitate a greater understanding of the complexities of being human and involve visits to the Melbourne Museum, the Dax Centre, and the opportunity to participate in a tour of a historical lunatic asylum or home for the criminally insane. Guest speakers will include psychologists and individuals who have been diagnosed with a mental illness in order to provide a realistic, first hand and insightful experience into the impact of living with a mental illness.

COMMERCE

Interested in the world of business?  Explore the fields of accounting, business, economics, finance, management and marketing. Be introduced to corporate social responsibility, civil and contract disputes and the developing area of green economics. This stream gives students an insight into life in the world of business with interactive workshops, activities and excursions to see business models in action.

ENGLISH INTENSIVE: DRAMA AND COMMUNICATION

Want to learn how the voice works so you can develop vocal confidence and expression in a live setting? Have you an idea for a story but don’t know how to put it into words? The focus of this intensive will be practical, skill-based learning in verbal, written and imaginative communication workshops lead by industry experts from a range of creative and literary arts disciplines. Throw yourself into a world of storytelling through movement and voice workshops that are designed to support and inspire you at whatever stage you are at in your creative and English language development.

FINE ARTS

Looking for the opportunity to be involved in exciting and stimulating drama workshops?  In this fast-paced intensive course the emphasis will be on skill development and group-devised performance through drama, art, music and voice. We will challenge your creative expression and help you to bring text and characters to life through the application of voice, acting, and movement techniques. Participate in fun and engaging performance exercises, while learning how to develop and share your original ideas with others. The week will include workshop sessions by professionals from the creative and performing industries. Students also have the opportunity to attend a performance, theatres, galleries and be inspired by art installations and artists. Develop your confidence and spontaneity to give you the creative edge.

BIOMEDICINE 

Explore the world of medicine and medical research including genetics, human physiology, human structure and function – discover what the Bachelor of Biomedicine is all about. Students will investigate the issues pertinent to our world today and look at the rapidly changing areas of genetics and bioethics. Students will perform dissections of an eye and kidney, and visit the renowned Anatomy Museum at the University of Melbourne. 

LEADERSHIP FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

This stream develops leadership skills associated with grassroots movements for social justice, such as equality, democracy and transformation in young people. The stream tackles key issues in today’s society including sustainability, global poverty and human rights. With world-class leaders in social justice, hands-on excursions, workshops and discussion groups, students will discover how just one person can make a difference. Take an excursion to Parliament House and participate in a role-play debate to experience life as a political leader. This stream is a great foundation if you’re thinking about stepping in to a leadership role at your school or beyond.

THE LAW AND JUSTICE

In this stream you will develop an understanding of legal, social and ethical issues in law and justice. Find out how the law affects our daily lives and how we interact with it. This stream covers the areas of corporate, civil and criminal law; dispute resolution and negotiation simulation; and juvenile justice and advocacy. Students will be exposed to case studies, meet professionals in the field, and take part in their very own practice moot court. For students interested in a career in law, this stream is the perfect introduction. 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR FUTURE LEADERS

This stream is designed to prepare young leaders for life. In today’s fast paced, tech-driven, competitive and demanding world, young people need to be able to balance school, part-time work, family, friends, overseas trips and planning for the future. This program is designed to provide strategies on how to do this effectively. Furthermore, it is targeted at students who want to build leadership skills or are thinking of taking various leadership positions within their school community or future career life. During the week, students will take a challenging and rewarding journey that focusses on building self-confidence and resilience, as well as, enhances their communication and public speaking skills. Students will also have the opportunity to explore self-motivation, accountability and being empathetic towards others. Through a variety of practical workshops and contact with experienced mentors, students will be asked to consider and explore, “Why do you want to be a leader? What makes an effective leader? What motivates you? How would you lead an effective team?” By the end of the week, students will have learnt tips, tools and tricks on how to set and create structured and achievable goals simultaneously acquiring leadership skills that they can utilise within their local community. Skills that can be used for life.

SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

If you’re thinking about a Bachelor of Science, this stream gives you a taste of engineering majors – chemical and civil systems, electrical systems, mechanical systems, mathematics, statistics and physics. Take a look at how society is progressing in the world of technology and outer space, and discover the amazing innovations made in astronomy and engineering. Students will visit the Melbourne Museum, participate in a robotics workshop and make their own solar cells and rockets.

ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY: COASTAL DISCOVERY PROGRAM

For students who would like to learn about sustainability whilst exploring the beauty of the Victorian coastline, this stream is a great introduction. Students will travel to Waratah Bay, East Gippsland, before heading to Phillip Island to take part in a volunteer service-learning project. The concept of sustainable living is at the core of this program, allowing students to explore how we can minimise our impact through changing behavioural patterns to positively influence the natural environment. With sustainability as the fastest growing aspect of business and education in the 21st century – from commerce to engineering, law and teaching – having an understanding of the natural world will position you as a global leader in your field. This is a rare opportunity to experience the natural beauty of Australia, learn about the environment and experience a taste of an inspiring career in the industry.