Introduction to the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a hands-on option for
students in Years 11 and 12. The VCAL gives 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 VCE, VCAL is a recognised
senior secondary qualification. Unlike VCE, which is widely used by students
as a pathway to university, VCAL focuses on three main components: where the
learn is at; connections with self and the community; and promoting
confidence and self-worth. Students who do the VCAL are more likely to be
interested in continuing on to training at a TAFE college, finding an
apprenticeship, or making a direct transition to full-time employment.
Students who complete VCAL cannot directly apply for university courses,
even at the end of the Senior Certificate, however, alternative pathways are
The structure of VCAL
The VCAL's flexibility enables
students to design a study program that suits their interests and learning
needs. Students must select at least one accredited Vocational Education and
Training (VET) certificate as well as other units or certificates. The
following five VCAL strands are also compulsory:
teachers and mentors, select projects of interest that they think would be
beneficial to them outside the secondary school environment. These projects
should be able to be integrated into the five VCAL strands.
Planning Your VCAL
Download a printable pdf copy
VCAL Program Planner to help you plan your VCAL
on paper or electronic devices by clicking the purple hyperlink.