Learning at Years 11 and 12 VCAL
Students in Years 11-12 can complete a Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program along with a wide range of VET options. As a College we have high expectations for every student and aim for them to achieve their ‘Best Effort’. The College offers a broad-based curriculum that caters for a range of skills and interests and prepares students for their transition into further study and work. Approximately 20 per cent of students choose a VCAL pathway with a VET program.
What is VCAL?
VCAL is an option for the last two years of secondary school which is different to the VCE. The emphasis is on ‘hands on’ or ‘applied learning’ and the program aims to prepare students for TAFE, an apprenticeship / traineeship or employment.
Students are at school three days a week; at TAFE or undertaking industry training one day a week; on work placement with an employer in the area of interest one day a week.
Who is VCAL suitable for?
Students, either male or female who have a clear trade or vocational pathway in mind, but are unlikely to go onto university.
What is involved in the school based program?
All VCAL students undertake four subjects in their three school days (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday). They are: Numeracy, Literacy, Work Related Skills and Personal Development Skills.
Class time is very important and students need to ensure attendance is maintained at a high level. Organisation, motivation and a consistent approach to study are the key ingredients for a successful VCAL experience. In addition, students are encouraged to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the College through the Camps and Excursions programs, Careers Expos, University visits, College Productions, Music, Sport and community volunteering opportunities to name a few.