VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning)
The majority of Victorian Catholic secondary schools also offer the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). Students usually begin the VCAL in Year 11 or Year 12. For some Year 10 students, Foundation-level VCAL may be an appropriate course of study.
The VCAL equips students with the practical skills that employers need. It helps them develop their initiative and resilience, and gain experience in teamwork and leadership.
Students who undertake Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificates, school-based apprenticeships or traineeships as part of their VCAL program will have developed knowledge, skills and nationally recognised qualifications that employers will value.
The VCAL gives students the literacy and numeracy skills that are important for work and life. Students will undertake units or modules from four compulsory strands – literacy and numeracy skills, work-related skills, industry-specific skills and personal development skills.
The VCAL also has the flexibility to allow students to design a study program that suits their interests and learning needs.
The VCAL has three levels – Foundation, Intermediate and Senior. Upon successful completion of the program, the student receives a VCAL qualification, either for Foundation, Intermediate or Senior level, depending on which level they chose. Students also receive a Statement of Results listing all successfully completed VCE, VET and VCAL units, as well as a Statement of Attainment for any VET studies completed.
VET (Vocational Education and Training)
In senior secondary years, your child can choose to undertake a Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificate as part of his/her VCE or VCAL.
VET programs provide students with pathways to university, further education and training (including TAFE), and the workplace. These programs include industry-specific training such as hospitality, agriculture, building and construction, multimedia and engineering.
VET units undertaken as part of VCE or VCAL allow students to include vocational studies within their senior secondary certificate. Students undertake nationally recognised training from either accredited state curriculum providers or national training packages. The training may contribute to satisfactory completion of their VCE or VCAL.
The VET qualification may provide students with access to further training at a TAFE institute or from another training provider. It will often improve their chances of getting work when they leave school.
If your child is interested in undertaking a VET certificate other than those available through VET programs, including a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (for example, training undertaken through a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship that is not integrated into their school timetable), s/he may still be able to count such training towards satisfactory completion of the VCE or VCAL.