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VET Overview

General Information about VET

The following information explains how 'VET in Schools' is structured:

What is VET?

Vocational Education and Training refers to enhanced senior school studies, which enable a secondary student to combine their VCE or VCAL studies with vocational training. A VET program is usually made up of a number of units delivered by St. Monica's College or a 'Registered Training Organization' (e.g. TAFE) organised by the College.

What is Structured Workplace Learning?

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) is a compulsory curriculum component of any VET course undertaken at St. Monica's College. The number of days that must be undertaken for each VET course varies between 5 and 20 days over the two year period of the course. It is highly recommended that the SWL is completed within the first year of the course. Students must complete SWPL within school terms. SWL can be achieved in numerous ways and this should always be discussed with the Career Pathways Coordinator. SWL is organised through the Career Pathways Coordinator at the Careers Centre.

Features of VET:

  • VET is a two-year program combining general VCE or VCAL studies with an accredited vocational education and training course;
  • It enables students to complete a nationally recognised vocational qualification (e.g. Certificate II in Hospitality) and the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) at the same time;
  • It allows a student to go directly to employment or receive credit towards further study;
  • It focuses on students developing industry specific and workplace skills;
  • VET courses are vocationally oriented school programs designed to meet the needs of industry.

Contribution to the VCE and VCAL

VET is fully incorporated into the VCE and the VCAL. Key features include:

  • VET programs have a Unit 1 – 4 structure like the VCE (except Hairdressing);
  • Students can study any number of Vet subjects at St Monica's College;
  • VET programs can contribute directly to the ATAR score OR as a 5th or 6th subject, however, students MUST seek guidance regarding the contribution of VET with the ATAR if they choose to study more than one VET;
  • VET programs contribute to the Industry Specific Skills strand of VCAL.
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