VCAL

VICTORIAN CERTIFICATE OF APPLIED LEARNING

(VCAL)

Oh no, I didn’t do VCAL!!!

 

 

 

 

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is an alternate, but equal in status, certificate administered by the VCAA which may be undertaken by all students who are enrolled in any vocational course, either at Avila or elsewhere in years 11 and/or 12.

The VCAL certificates are taught differently to VCE using the following guidelines:

• relating theory and practice

• linking educational contexts and learning with ‘real life’ and the community

• building on student’s knowledge and interests

• negotiating content and learning

• providing for different learning styles

Who is the VCAL suited to?

Students who:

•   want to stay in a school setting to complete their secondary education
•   are more attuned to applied ‘hands on’ learning, skills first, knowledge second
•   want to go out to work directly when they finish school
•   wish to pursue Higher Education at diploma or Certificate 111 and IV level
•   want to develop more confidence in the workplace
•   want to gain maturity before they take future steps
•   are interested in apprenticeships or traineeships
•   do not want to go to University directly after school
•   do not require an ATAR score
•   want a Year 11 and/or Year 12 Certificate

 

VCAL Design and structure

At Avila, VCAL consists of three levels of study: Foundation, Intermediate and Senior.  Wherever possible, students undertake Foundation/Intermediate in Year 11 and Intermediate/Senior in Year 12.

VCAL Learning Programs must comprise of the four compulsory Curriculum Strands.  The four strands are:
•    Literacy and Numeracy
•    Work Related Skills
•    Industry Specific Skills
•    Personal Development Skills

More information on what each strand contains can be found on the link below.

Strand criteria.

 

 At Avila

•  Students at Avila College undertake Literacy and Numeracy as independent subjects. 

•  VCAL gives credit for skills which students often develop outside of their normal classroom programs.  For example, community service, sport coaching commitments and skills learned in the part-time workplace.

•  To attain a VCAL certificate a student must successfully complete the compulsory specific VCAL unit of study Personal Development Skills at the level they are attempting.  The other curriculum strands can be met in a variety of ways.

•  The flexibility of the program allows students to attend an external VET provider, such as Holmesglen TAFE, one day a week and/or a work placement one day a week to satisfy the Industry Skills or Work Related strands.   The more VCE studies a student undertakes whilst completing a VCAL certificate the more difficult it is for them to attend external studies during school hours.

STUDIES AT AN EXTERNAL PROVIDER SUCH AS A TAFES  AND PRIVATE COMPANIES, MAY INCUR COSTS ON TOP OF THE AVILA SCHOOL FEES.

•  As part of our learning and to enforce ‘real life’ links, VCAL students attend a large number of excursions such as a visit the the MCG and the Melbourne Sports Museum, Holocaust Museum, a range of Melbourne city experiences, the Museum, a Barista course, Responsible Service of Alcohol course, Road Safety activities, Old Melbourne Goal, CERES, a Zoo and more.

 

WHERE CAN VCAL TAKE YOU?

VCAL is a recognised qualification in Victoria and both employers and educational institutes acknowledge its benefits. 

  • Apprenticeship or Traineeship
  • Further VET study e.g. Certificate IV or Diploma level
  • Post Diploma level study pathway to University in some industry areas
  • Employment

 

A typical program for a student studying an Avila based program solely undertaking VCAL in Year 11 would look like this:

AVILA BASED SAMPLE YEAR 11 TIMETABLE

Semester 1                                                            Semester 2

Literacy/English                                                      Literacy/English

Numeracy/Maths                                                    Numeracy/Maths

Personal Development Skills                                 Personal Development Skills

VET Business/VET Hospitality                              VET Business/VET Hospitality

Work Related Skills/Technology unit                     Work Related Skills/Technology unit/Student choice

Unit 1 VCE Religion                                               Student choice

Student attends Avila College every day of the week.

 

YEAR 11 STUDENT WHO ATTENDS EXTERNAL TAFE

Semester 1                                                         Semester 2

Literacy/English                                                   Literacy/English

Numeracy/Maths                                                 Numeracy/Maths

Personal Development Skills                              Personal Development Skills

Work Related Skills/Technology unit                   Work Related Skills/Technology unit/Student choice

Unit 1 VCE Religion                                            Student choice

VET-Certificate III Allied Health                           VET- Certificate III Allied Health (Studied at Boxhill Institute)

Student will attend Avila College 4 days per week and Boxhill Institute 1 day per week.

 

 

 

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