Nathalia Secondary College


2022 Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a hands-on option for Years 11 and 12 students. The VCAL gives student practical work-related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal skills that are important for life and work.

VCAL focuses on applied learning and develops knowledge and skills that will prepare students for apprenticeships, traineeships and employment as well as further education and training. VCAL learning programs are specifically designed to meet student’s career aspirations. VCAL learning programs include VCAL, VCE and VET units that meet national and state quality requirements. Like the VCE, successful completion of the VCAL will lead to a formal qualification accredited by the Victorian Qualifications Authority. We recommend all students enrolling in VCAL should have a school based apprenticeship.

VCAL’s flexibility enables students to undertake a study program that suits their interest and learning needs. Fully accredited modules and units are selected for VCAL’s four compulsory strands:

  • Literacy and Numeracy skills
  • Work Related skills
  • Industry Specific skills
  • Personal Development skills
To complete modules in the 4 strands students can be enrolled at one of 3 levels – Foundation or Intermediate (at Year 11) and Senior (at Year 12). Students start and complete the VCAL at the level that matches their needs and abilities.
Students can gain recognition and credit for part-time work while enrolled in the VCAL. This work can include:
Finally, if students change their mind and want to swap to the VCE, or if they want to pursue the VCE after completing the VCAL, any units successfully completed as part of their Intermediate/Senior VCAL will count towards their VCE. Students may also be able to transfer credit for other VET unit and modules completed as part of their VCAL. Students should discuss this with their teacher or careers counsellor if they decide to take this option.
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