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MCP Overview

Montessori Careers Program | Vocational Learning

We aim to achieve success for all our students and how success is defined is specific to the student and their family.

In the Montessori Careers Program (MCP), students prepare themselves for professional life through an applied learning program based in Montessori philosophy and incorporating VCE VM and VET. The Program offers vocational studies embedded in the Montessori way of learning.

Preparing students for the workplace

While inspiring creativity, developing critical thinking and motivating students to expand their knowledge, the Montessori Careers Program offers vocational learning options that help prepare students for the workplace and provide practical, hands-on learning experiences.

The Montessori Careers Program is available to Years 11 and 12 students who want to pursue vocational studies so they can develop high-level employment related skills and knowledge, broaden their personal skills, and prepare for entry into the workforce.

Based in the Montessori philosophy, the Program incorporates studies in the Victorian Certificate of Education Vocational Major (VCE VM) and Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Students participate in collaborative projects, work placements, community service and physical expression activities that provide practical, hands-on experience and develop well-balanced adults ready to take on the next stage of their learning journey.

The options available to MMC students as they finish their secondary education will be wide-ranging. Whether they wish to pursue tertiary studies at a university, TAFE or independent training organisation, engage in vocational training, seek an apprenticeship, cadetship or traineeship, undertake a GAP year, or enter the workforce, MMC is excited to offer a selection of pathways to help students achieve their goals.

In Years 11 and 12, Melbourne Montessori College students can choose between the IB Diploma Programme or the Montessori Careers Program.

On completion of the Montessori Careers Program, students receive: an MMC Graduation Certificate, Victorian Certificate of Education Vocational Major (VCE VM) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) for specific courses.

Montessori Careers Program with VCE VM and VET

Students work with MMC staff to develop their individual Careers Program Learning Pathway and pursue vocational studies which develop work-related and broad personal skills.

Victorian Education Certificate Vocational Major (VCE VM)

VCE VM is a recognised senior secondary qualification focused on ‘hands-on learning’.

The flexibility of VCE VM allows students to design a study program that suits their interests and learning needs and they complete units from the following subject areas at intermediate or senior level:

  1. Literacy and Numeracy Skills
  2. Personal Development Skills
  3. Work Related Skills
  4. Industry Specific Skills

Melbourne Montessori College delivers all required units in Literacy and Numeracy, Personal Development and Work Related Skills from our Brighton campus. Industry Specific Skills are delivered off-site through VET.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

VET enables students to gain hands-on experience within a chosen industry including business, allied health services, hospitality, and building and construction. They obtain a nationally recognised / accredited qualification that increases their career prospects by combining secondary school studies with a VET program.

As a registered member of the Inner Melbourne VET Cluster, students are offered an extensive choice of programs.

Year 10 Entry

Students engage with P.E., Occupations, Camp and Work Cycle, alongside other Year 10 students at MMC. They can also do work experience on Fridays and access the Personal Development Skills, Work Related Skills, and Literacy and Numeracy subjects at Year 10 level.

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This program is a great opportunity for students who don’t wish to pursue the International Baccalaureate to get an early start in following their career. Enrol by clicking below.

IB Overview

International Baccalaureate | Diploma Programme

Students extend their knowledge and passion for independent learning as they explore the disciplines offered in our two-year International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is a two-year curriculum that fosters high academic standards and international understanding. It is recognised by Australian tertiary institutions and major universities worldwide as the gold standard in university preparation.

Offering more than just academic knowledge, the learner and their personal development are central to the IB Diploma Programme. Students explore and develop their intellectual, emotional and ethical attributes with the IB Learner Profile, and develop an excellent breadth and depth of academic knowledge.

The IB Diploma Programme encourages students across the globe to become active and compassionate lifelong learners. The core values and education philosophy of IB are in harmony with the Montessori philosophy — the development of engaged, empowered and independent learners.


Students who are completing the IB Diploma study six subjects chosen from subject areas including language, humanities, the experimental sciences, mathematics and the arts. These are in addition to the three core components of the programme around the Extended Essay, CAS and Theory of Knowledge.

What is an IB education?

An IB education prepares students for higher education and active participation in a global society.

IB learners strive to become inquiring, knowledgeable and reflective thinkers, principled yet open minded communicators, and balanced and caring risk-takers. The IB Learner Profile encompasses a range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success.

Students learn more than a collection of facts. The Diploma Programme prepares students for university and encourages them to ask challenging questions, to learn how to learn, to develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture, and develop the ability to communicate with, and understand, people from other countries and cultures.

Why the IB Diploma Programme?

The IB Diploma is an exciting and challenging internationally recognised programme.

Its philosophy and mission statement align very well with Montessori principles. More than just academic knowledge, the learner and their development are central to the programme.

Research suggests there are many benefits to choosing the Diploma Programme. It develops students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.


IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. Students become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Reasons that students take the IB Diploma:

  • It offers the breadth and depth required to develop excellent pre-tertiary skills.
  • Encourages students to be critical, independent thinkers who feel ready for life after school.
  • Students drive their own learning and develop excellent time management skills to become autonomous lifelong learners.
  • Creates balanced and well-rounded individuals through Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS).
  • Provides the best preparation for university by developing metacognition and critical thinking skills.
  • It assesses more than just examination skills.
  • Provides a qualification recognised by universities around the world.

Pathway Selection

Students at Melbourne Montessori College choose their pathway in the first semester of Year 10; either the Montessori Careers Program or the IB Diploma Programme. We encourage every student to choose the pathway that suits their personality and will bring out their personal best.

The pathway selection process includes tasks and activities for students to present their preferred choice and provide ‘evidence’ that demonstrates their preparedness for the programme.

Success is highly dependent on the student’s commitment towards their choice and their ability to self-manage their school-life balance. In the second semester of Year 10, students can further demonstrate readiness for their choice and subjects will focus on the prior knowledge required for their chosen programme.


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Offering more than just academic knowledge, the learner and their personal development are central to the IB Diploma Programme.

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