Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning

VCAL is really different to VCE! It is a practical alternative. For the right person, it is empowering.

VCAL is one of the accredited Year 12 qualifications we offer, the other being VCE. Whilst VCE is the pathway to university, VCAL is the pathway into the workforce, or apprenticeship or TAFE.


Listen to this 5 minute video and you will understand our enthusiasm for VCAL!

A Typical VCAL student

  • a practical learner
  • enjoys hands on activities
  • a team player
  • likes to problem solve
  • adaptable and versatile
  • enjoys developing life skills
  • engages well with community projects
  • often works outside of the classroom
  • has a growth mindset to further their abilities

Partnership between student, industry and school

We focus on practically developing key employability skills. These skills represent what employers say they want to see in young people, and underpins how we design the course. If our students have these abilities they ought be better prepared for the complex working world they will inherit.


Employees are looking for these seven specific skills.


Understanding them is a major focus of our program.

How is VCAL structured?

Students complete self-paced ‘outcomes’ at either Foundation, Intermediate or Senior levels. Competencies include project-based learning.

Year 11 Literacy
VCE Foundation Maths
Work Related Skills
Personal Development Skills
VET subject. Minimum one. Refer VCAL  | VCE Course Guide.
One day a week industry work placement. Thursdays, Terms 2 – 4.
Year 12 Literacy
VET Senior Numeracy
Personal Development Skills
Duke of Edinburgh ‘Bronze’ (for students who have completed VET 3 – 4 at Intermediate level)
VET subject. Minimum one. Refer  VCAL  | VCE Course Guide.
Two days a week industry work placement. Mondays & Thursdays, Terms 1 – 4.

Transition into VCAL

For most students, VCAL starts in Year 11, though some students may be eligible for early advancement whilst still in Year 10.

Every child in Year 7 – 11 begins their next academic year with a Commencement Fortnight (Friday 20 November – Friday 4 December 2020). This is a compulsory transition process. New students enrolled for the following year are expected to participate. Senior students complete tasks over the summer holidays.

The program ends in the following September for Year 12.


Leader  Jacqui Martini  |  02 6043 5699