Learning
VCAL

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a 'hands on' option for students in Years 11 and 12. Like the VCE, the VCAL is a recognised senior qualification. Unlike the VCE, which is widely used by students as a pathway to university, the VCAL focuses on 'hands on learning'. Students who do the VCAL are more likely to be interested in going on to training at TAFE, doing an apprenticeship, or getting a job after completing Year 12. Intermediate VCAL is completed at Year 11 and Senior VCAL is awarded at the conclusion of Year 12. VCAL at Emmaus has been developed for students who have a clearly defined career pathway. These students anticipate that they will be seeking traineeships or apprenticeships at the completion of their Senior VCAL. There are a limited number of places available in the VCAL course.


VCAL Selection

A range of criteria is used in the selection process for the VCAL program. Year 10 students need to:

  • be able to discuss in an interview their career aspirations;
  • attain results that demonstrate that they have consistently tried their hardest in all subjects;
  • be supported by teacher recommendations;
  • be able to organise and meet the demands of the structured work placement program;
  • be able to meet all VCAL commitments including weekend and evening requirements during school events including the Charity Concert and College Production; and
  • strive to excel in the VET studies and VCAL strands.

Intermediate VCAL Program

The VCAL's flexibility enables students to design a study program that suits their interests and learning needs. Students select accredited Vocational Education and Training (VET) modules and complete units from the following four compulsory strands:

  • Literacy and Numeracy Skills
  • Work Related Skills
  • Industry Specific Skills
  • Personal Development Skills

 

At Emmaus the Intermediate VCAL program currently comprises the four compulsory strands and:

  • Religious Education
  • Physical Education/Sport
  • Structured Workplace Learning

Intermediate students are required to complete a full day's employment at a workplace that supports their learning in the primary VET Certificate II.


VET Certificate II

This certificate is chosen by the student’s preferred transition to work pathway. This is their primary VET certificate eg Hospitality, Hair and Beauty, Automotive, Electro Technology and incurs an additional cost above the school fees. This primary VET certificate is completed over the two years of the Intermediate and Senior years of VCAL.

VET Certificate II Business

This certificate supports student aspirations to manage a small business as part of their expanded career pathway and is completed in the Intermediate year.

VET Certificate II Sport and Recreation

Food Handling, Responsible Serving of Alcohol and Responsible Servicing of Gaming Certificates


Senior VCAL Program

Year 11 students need have successfully passed Intermediate VCAL/VCE and demonstrate a high level of independence, excellent work habits and time management skills in order to be considered for the Senior VCAL program. Student suitability will be determined by the VCAL Coordinator, VCAL staff and the Assistant Principal, Teaching and Learning.

In addition to studies in the four VCAL strands of:

  • Literacy and Numeracy Skills
  • Work Related Skills
  • Industry Specific Skills
  • Personal Development Skills


The Senior VCAL program also includes:

  • Structured Workplace Learning

Senior students are required to complete a full day's employment at a workplace that supports their learning in the primary VET Certificate II.

  • VET Certificate II

This certificate is a continuation of the student’s primary VET certificate.


Fee Structure

Intermediate VCAL Students (Year 11)

Although Intermediate VCAL students are only on Campus for three days a week, the full College Tuition fees still apply. This is necessary to cover workplace visits, liaison with VET providers and the delivery of the additional VET certificates completed at the College all of which attract a cost to deliver.

In addition, the primary VET course will attract a fee from the provider. This fee is in addition to school fees. Some course are partially subsidised by funding from the Catholic Education Office. These amounts vary from year to year and course to course but do not cover the full amount.

By applying to undertake VCAL you are agreeing to this cost structure.

Senior VCAL Students (Year 12)

Senior VCAL students are only on Campus for one day a week. The Tuition fee charged for Senior students is a significant reduction from the full fee. This amount is necessary to cover workplace visits, liaison with VET providers and the delivery of the additional VET certificates completed at the College all of which attract a cost to deliver.

In addition, the primary VET course will attract a fee from the provider. This fee is in addition to school fees. Some course are partially subsidised by funding from the Catholic Education Office. These amounts vary from year to year and course to course but do not cover the full amount.

By applying to undertake VCAL you are agreeing to this cost structure


Further Information

VCAL information:
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)