The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a hands-on option for students in Years 11 and 12.
The VCAL gives students 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.
Like the VCE, the VCAL is a recognised senior qualification. Unlike the VCE, which is widely used by students as a pathway to university, students who do the VCAL are more likely to be interested in going on to training at TAFE, doing an apprenticeship, or getting a job after completing Year 12.
The VCAL’s flexibility enables students to design a study program that suits their interests and learning needs. Students select accredited VCE and Vocational Education and Training (VET) modules and units from the following four compulsory strands:
- literacy and numeracy skills
- work related skills
- industry specific skills
- personal development skills.
What are the qualifications?
The following VCAL programs are offered by the College:
- Intermediate usually at Year 11
- Senior usually at Year 12.
These qualifications cater for a range of students with different abilities and interests.They also provide a progression of skills, knowledge and attitudinal development.