The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) pathway is an alternative pathway to success which runs parallel to the VCE. It is a hands on option for Year 11 and 12 students and provides practical, work related experiences in both classroom and workplace settings.
Students choose VCAL because their post school choice is not to follow a university path. Generally, VCAL students choose a career, TAFE, apprenticeship or employment path. Some students may choose to complete the VCAL and also undertake one or more VCE subjects as part of this. This is possible by negotiation with the Director of Learning and Teaching.
Strands of VCAL
The VCALs flexibility enables students to undertake a study program which suits their career choice, interests and learning needs. Fully accredited modules and units are selected from the four compulsory strands below.
- Literacy and Numeracy Skills: industry standard levels of Literacy and Numeracy
- Work Related Skills: employability skills, OH&S training, workplace experience, teamwork
- Industry Specific Skills: compulsory participation in a VET program
- Personal Development Skills: social and civic responsibilities, active citizenship, wellbeing
The program each student undertakes is designed to provide workplace experience, industry specific knowledge, personal capabilities necessary for employment and standards of literacy and numeracy essential for demonstrating employability.
Levels of VCAL
Students can achieve success at three levels
- Foundation: students participate in a program which is highly supported by the teacher. Course content is largely teacher directed and related to the interests and needs of the students. Students participate in activities which are generally student initiated and teacher directed.
- Intermediate: students to become more independent in their choice of tasks and the way they demonstrate their understanding. The teacher is more a facilitator of the program which is decided upon in negotiation with the student and based around their interests and career choices.
- Senior: Students demonstrate the ability to plan, organise and work independently. Their program is based on their career choices and interests and the teacher guides, mentors and supports the students as they undertake activities and tasks. Senior students demonstrate employability skills, initiative, competence, maturity and workforce readiness.