The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a ‘hands on’ option for students in Years 11 and 12. Like the VCE, the VCAL is a recognised senior qualification.
Unlike the VCE, which is widely used by students as a pathway to university, the VCAL focuses on ‘hands on learning’. 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. There are three VCAL levels – Foundation, Intermediate and Senior – allowing for learning programs to be designed at the right level for students and in a timeframe suited to their learning needs.
The VCAL’s flexibility enables students to design a study program suited to them and to 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
Students who start their VCAL and then decide they would like to complete their VCE, are able to transfer between certificates. Any VCE studies successfully completed as part of the VCAL program will count towards the VCE. Requirements for award of the VCAL The minimum requirement for award of the VCAL is the accumulation of 10 credits including:
two credits for VCAL units, one credit for literacy and one credit for numeracy. one credit for VCAL Personal Development, one credit for work skills and one credit for industry specific skills.
Six credits at the award level including one credit for literacy and one credit for personal development.
To accumulate a credit students must demonstrate the learning outcomes for the relevant unit as specified in the curriculum-planning guide or study design. Students can do this by maintaining regular attendance and producing and submitting on time, work that is clearly their own and meets the required standard
To download the 2017 VCE/VCAL Information booklet please click here.
Meals on Wheels
Yarrawonga College P – 12 is currently working together with Meals on Wheels to form a community connection between our College students and the wonderful community initiative of Meals on Wheels.
To find out how you could be involved in this fabulous community initiative please click here.