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Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

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The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a course offered as an alternative to the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). It is an accredited senior secondary certificate with a strong vocational focus and content. Completion of a VCAL certificate does not provide an ATAR, therefore students can access very few University Courses. A Learning Program for an individual student is developed as a result of consultation between the student, parents and the Careers Pathways Advisor.

The VCAL Programs being offered at Drouin Secondary College are:

  • Foundation VCAL
  • Intermediate VCAL
  • Senior VCAL

Course Requirements

While each student can adapt their course or program to suit their individual needs, there are compulsory elements or strands of learning, which are as the example below;

Level: Intermediate

Curriculum type

Literacy and Numeracy Skills

Industry Specific Skills

Work Related Skills

Personal Development Skills

VCAL units

·         Intermediate Reading and Writing

·         Intermediate Oral Communication

·         Intermediate Unit 1 and Unit 2 Numeracy

·         Foundation Unit 1 and Unit 2 Numeracy

 

   VET course chosen by the student. 

 

·         WRS unit 1 intermediate

·         WRS unit 2 intermediate

·         PDS Unit 1 intermediate

·         PDS Unit2 intermediate

VCE VET Programs

 See listing under VET

 

 

 

VET Certificates or modules/units of competence

 

A selection from the following Cert II/Cert III VES;

Building and Construction

Sport and Recreation

Information and Technology

Hospitality

Business

Dance

 

 

 

What must students do to receive a VCAL qualification?

A student is awarded a certificate when they gain credits for 10 units that fulfill the minimum requirements for their learning program. A credit is gained for successful completion of a unit of study. A unit of study can be:

  • one VCAL unit
  • one VCE unit
  • 90 hours for VET modules or units of competence and/or Further Education (FE) modules.

Each unit of study must be justified against the purpose statement for one of the four VCAL curriculum strands. A student’s VCAL learning program must include

  • a minimum of two VCAL units
  • at least one literacy unit*
  • at least one numeracy unit
  • at least one unit from the Industry Specific Skills strand (at the Intermediate and Senior levels this must include a unit of study from a VET qualification
  • at least one unit from the Work Related Skills strand
  • at least one unit from the Personal Development Skills strand
  • at least six credits at the level or above, of which one must be literacy and one VCAL Personal Development Skills unit.
  • If a student is enrolled in a VCAL literacy unit to fulfill the Literacy Skills strand requirement, the student must complete the VCAL Literacy – Reading and Writing unit at the certificate award level.

 

Scenarios of possible VCAL pathways at Intermediate level;

1

Credits

2

Credits

Literacy

2

Literacy

2

Professional Development Skill

2

Professional Development Skill

2

Work Related Skill

2

Work Related Skill

2

Numeracy Unit 1 

1

Numeracy Unit 1

1

Numeracy Unit 2

1

Numeracy Unit 2

1

       

Cert II in Building and Construction

2

Cert II in Hospitality

2

Total

11

Total

11

 

Scenario of possible VCAL pathways at Foundation level (PSD students);

1

Credits

Literacy

2

Professional Development Skill

2

Work Related Skill

2

   

Numeracy Intermediate Unit 1 and Unit 2 

2

   

Cert II in Hospitality

2

Total

10

 

 

There is a compulsory VCAL levy of $100 for year 11 students and $170 for year 12 students (this includes camps and excursions related to the VCAL program).  Each unit undertaken by VCAL students must involve 100 nominal hours of work/study. Each student’s VCAL Learning Program must include a minimum of 10 units/credits.

Steps involved in Enrolling in VCAL:

  1. Seek advice of the VCAL Careers Team
  2. Complete the required enrolment forms, details and payments for your VET course
  3. Undertake an interview with a Course Councillor
  4. Organise appropriate work placement in consultation with the Careers Team
  5. Attend a final enrolment information session in late November.

VCAL students attend DSC on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

On Wednesday they will attend their VET Course.

On Friday they will attend their work placement.