Year 11 - 12 VCAL

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a Senior Secondary Qualification which provides Year 11 and 12 students with an alternative to VCE.

VCAL prepares students for further studies in vocational education and training and for employment. It provides teachers with the opportunity to individualise learning programs based on each student’s interests and strengths, focusing on the practical application of work skills. VCAL students do not sit exams and usually do not receive graded assessments. Instead they experience competency-based assessment.

Unlike the VCE, VCAL is a one year certificate which can be achieved at three different levels (Foundation, Intermediate and Senior levels). Most Year 11 VCAL students achieve their VCAL certificate at Intermediate Level, and most Year 12 VCAL students achieve their VCAL certificate at Senior Level.

There are three compulsory components of every VCAL program:

  • School
  • Training (VET Program)
  • Work

VCAL Students do not choose their own school subjects. During three days of the week they attend school to study Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development Skills, Work Related Skills and Events. One day a week VCAL students undertake their chosen VET course and on another day they go to work.

VCAL gives students practical application of skills necessary to extend pathways from school to training and employment. Students can attain a VCAL certificate or statement of attainment at the conclusion of both years of study, and it recognises the attainment of these skills and competencies.

NOTE: No ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) is generated from a VCAL course, so students will not be able to apply for entry to most University courses.


VCAL is a select entry course, and students are accepted only if they meet the specific criteria established by the College. Applicants are interviewed to assess their suitability for the program. Each applicant’s readiness for work and vocational training is assessed, as well as their classroom behaviour, effort and attendance.

Attendance Policy for VCE, VET and VCAL Students Attendance Policy for VCE, VET and VCAL Students (36 KB)


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