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Vocational Education & Training (VET)

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Overview of VET in the VCE and VCAL

Why choose VET?

VET offers students the opportunity to:

  • combine general and vocational studies
  • explore career options and pathways
  • undertake learning in the workplace
  • gain a nationally recognised qualification or credit towards a qualification that contributes to the VCE or VCAL
  • develop skills that will equip students for the workforce and further study

Where can VET be undertaken?

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are responsible for the delivery, assessment and certification of VET qualifications. An RTO may be a TAFE, Adult Community Education provider, group training company, private provider or school. Drouin Secondary College is an RTO for some courses.

How does VET contribute to the VCE?

VET may contribute to the VCE at the Units 1 and 2 or Units 3 and 4 level. The satisfactory completion of a first year VET studies course generally equates to the attainment of Units 1 & 2 while completion of the second year generally equates to the attainment of Units 3 & 4.

How does VET contribute to the VCAL?

VET contributes to the VCAL through satisfying the requirements of the Industry Specific Skills or Work Related Skills strands. Each completed 90 hour block of VET equals one VCAL unit.

How is VET undertaken as part of the VCE/VCAL?

There are three ways to undertake VET.

1. VCE VET programs
VCE VET programs are put together by the VCAA, lead to nationally recongnised qualifications and provide credit towards the VCE or VCAL. The VCE VET progrmas are highlighted in Bold in the table below. Those with an asterisk (*) offer scored assessment for Units 3 and 4.

2. Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Students can undertake an apprenticeship while still at school as either a:

Apprenticeships and traineeships provide credit towards the VCE or VCAL.

3. Block Credit Recognition
Students who undertake qualifications not included in the suite of approved VCAA VCE VET programs may be eligible for credit towards their VCE through Block Credit Recognition. Credit is awarded in the VCE on the basis of achieving units of competency. Credit is determined by the AQF level and the nominal hours of the unit of competency. Qualifications from the following industry areas are examples of where students can receive Block Credit Recognition:

  • Retail
  • Tourism and Events

What is Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)?

SWL involves on-the-job training where students are required to master a designated set of skills and competencies related to VCE VET programs. SWL complements the training undertaken and is spread across the duration of the VCE VET program. SWL provides students with: enhanced skill development; practical application of industry knowledge; assessment of units of competency; increased employment opportunities.

How does VET contribute to the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)?

The contribution of VCE VET programs to the ATAR is as follows:

  • Where a scored Units 3 and 4 sequence is available it will contribute directly to the ATAR, either as one of the student's primary four studies or as a fifth or sixth study.
  • For unscored VCE VET programs, students who successfully completer a Units 3 and 4 sequence can receive and increment of 10% of the average of the primary four ATAR subject scores.
  • VTAC may award students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence through Block Credit Recognition a 10% increment towards their ATAR.

VET @ Drouin Secondary College

Vocational programs at Drouin Secondary College enable training and knowledge of a particular industry. Students who select a VET program in Years 10, 11 or 12 as part of their course also gain industry qualifications that are recognised nationally. Most VET courses offered to our students lead to qualifications at Certificate II or III level and most are undertaken over two years.

These courses are on offer locally to Year 10, 11 and 12 students in 2020(subject to numbers).
Those studied on the Drouin Secondary College Campus are in blue and link to the study design
Those that attract a scored VCE assessment are noted as such.

(Please note - some courses do not run some years if enrolments are low)

There are many other courses available but may require the student to travel 

Further information regarding courses run on-site can be found in the relevant Key Learning Domain section of this guide. Information on the other courses can be obtained from VET Pathways Advisors in the College Careers Office, or from the web.

Advantages of VET

  • Students can gain a pass and complete competencies of a TAFE program
  • Students are able to satisfy Tertiary Entrance Requirements for desired courses
  • Successful completion of some programs contribute to a student’s Australian Tertiary Admission Rank
  • Students can gain entry to TAFE courses at a higher level, ie. not at first year
  • VET provides opportunities for students to acquire references
  • Work placement provides valuable industry experience, which is viewed favourably by employers
  • VET enables students to make contacts that may lead to future job opportunities
  • VET enables employers to assess potential employees

Key Issues to Consider before Enrolling in a VET Course


Undertaking a VET course will incur an additional cost for parents/students. VET course fees for 2021 will be $480 per year. Once students have completed their course selection form, and completed an expression of interest form, they will be required to pay an initial deposit of $200 to the College by September 2020. Parents will then be asked to pay the balance of the fees ($280) by December 2020. There may be some course costs for books, kits and equipment etc. These tend to be no more than $150.00. Students who withdraw from a VET course must do so before the end of the second week of the VET course in 2021. After this date there will be no refunds.


Obviously not all of the VET courses are taught at Drouin Secondary College, therefore students that need to travel away from the College to undertake their VET studies, MUST make their own travel arrangements.


Currently, most VET courses are offered on a Wednesday. VET students will miss one class on a Wednesday. They will also have on private study period on their timetable where they must use their time wisely to catch up on work missed.

How will I apply for a VET course?


  1. Indicate your interest on the Course Selection form.
  2. Complete an application. Forms are available from the College Careers Office or at the Course Selection Evening.
  3. An interview with a VET Pathways advisor as your Course Counsellor at your Course Selection Interview is mandatory.
  4. Successful VET applicants will be notified.
  5. Complete set paper work.
  6. Make payments before the end of the year.
  7. Attend Orientation Day.
  8. Attend a VET confirmation interview in December.

Any queries regarding VET should be directed to the Careers and Pathways Advisors.