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Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning - VCAL

Mrs Tina Sonka, Applied Learning Co-ordinator

VCAL is a practical or applied learning option for year 11 and 12 students. VCAL enables students to complete their secondary education and gain certification.

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) has been designed to meet the needs of young people who wish to pursue vocational training and/or employment. VCAL provides an accredited program that covers four compulsory strands of literacy and numeracy, work related skills, industry specific skills and personal development. Graduates of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning can look forward to enhanced apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities or acceptance into further vocational studies.

VCAL Qualifications

The VCAL is accredited at three levels:

  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Foundation).
  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Intermediate).
  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Senior).

The three qualification levels cater for a range of students with different abilities and interests. They also provide a progression of skills, knowledge and attitudinal development.

Foundation Level
At this level the focus is on knowledge and employability skill development, supported by a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy skills and preparatory learning. Foundation students receive a high level of teacher support.

Intermediate Level
At intermediate level, the focus is on knowledge and employability skills development that leads to independent learning, confidence and a higher level of transferable skills. Intermediate students receive some teacher support but there is an expectation that students will demonstrate independent learning.

Senior Level
At this level the focus is on knowledge and employability skills that lead to a high level of interpersonal skills, independent action and achievement of tasks that require decision making and leadership. The demonstration of knowledge and skills which apply directly to the workplace or further training is also important. Senior students are expected to work as independent, self-directed learners.