The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a hands-on application for students in Years 11 and 12. It gives students practical work related skills, as well as the literacy, numeracy and personal skills they need to take them into further training or their ideal job. And like the VCE, it is an accredited senior secondary qualification. Applied (hands-on) learning is an integral part of the VCAL curriculum. It provides students with real life experiences and direct exposure to industry.
VCAL increases pathways for young people into training and work
Through a focus on hands-on learning,VCAL students are equipped to make informed choices about their future career direction and decide if an apprenticeship, Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification, further education or employment is the right choice for them. VCAL students are more likely to continue training in the industry of their choice, do an apprenticeship, or get a job after completing Year 12.
VCAL provides students with practical,work-related skills
As part of their VCAL program, students can undertake structured workplace learning in businesses. Students can also undertake a school-based new apprenticeship, TAFE courses or components of VET certificates, such as Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) or workplace communication skills.

VCAL programs are designed to meet the aspirations of students

VCAL is delivered as a full certificate to Years 11 and 12 Victorian students. It is available at three certificate levels Foundation, Intermediate and Senior to match individual student learning capabilities.

Literacy & Numeracy Skills

VCAL students study literacy and numeracy subjects such as VCAL or VCE English and Mathematics or other fully accredited studies like the Certificate in General Education (Adult), in their VCAL program.

Industry Specific Skills

VCAL students undertake VET in all programs above VCAL Foundation level. Students have the flexibility to either complete a single VET certificate or to complete modules and units from a variety of certificates, thus gaining experience in a range of vocational areas.

Work Related Skills

In order to develop workforce skills, VCAL students have the choice of undertaking either a structured workplace learning placement or school-based new apprenticeship where they demonstrate that certain learning outcomes have been achieved. VCAL students may also undertake pre-vocational courses such as First Aid or appropriate VCE or VCE VET subjects such as Industry and Enterprise.

Personal Development Skills

The VCAL Personal Development Skills strand develops communication skills, teamwork, self-confidence, self-esteem, respect for others and builds connections with local communities. As part of their learning program, VCAL students undertake studies and/or specially-designed community programs organised in partnership with community-based organisations.