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VCALThe 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.