Introduction to the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a hands-on option for
senior students. 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.
The focus on a real-life application
sees students focus on learning and applying the skills and knowledge they
need to solve a problem, implement a project or participate in the
Applied learning will involve
students and their teachers in partnerships and connections with
organisations and individuals outside school. These partnerships provide the
necessary out-of-school context for students to demonstrate the relevance of
what they have learnt.
In addition, the VCAL program
aims to work with students in a holistic manner, taking into account their
personal strengths, interests, goals and previous experiences.
Like VCE, VCAL is a
recognised senior secondary qualification. Unlike VCE, which is widely used
by students as a pathway to university, 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
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 VCE units or certificates to satisfy the Industry Specific Skills.
The following five VCAL strands are compulsory:
across the VCAL strands, is project based. Students complete a broad range
of stimulating & challenging projects which allow them to fulfil specific
learning objectives as stipulated by the VCAA.
For more information on the
VCAL strands please follow the links below: