VET programs are unique in that they offer secondary students the opportunity to study courses which have a direct workplace application, and where they can attain a nationally accredited and recognized Certificate.
VET courses are undertaken within the VCE program and as such make up the units required for attaining the VCE. Scored Assessment is now part of the VET courses which count towards the ATAR score.
Students study at an external provider called a Registered Training Organisation or RTO for one afternoon a week.
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The VCAL focuses on applied learning and is designed to develop knowledge and skills that will prepare students for further training and employment. It is studied during Years 11 and 12 and may include a VET course (Vocational Education and Training).
There are four strands to the VCAL:
An emphasis is placed on preparing students for life beyond school by undertaking a study program that suits their interest and learning needs.
It is possible for students to study for their VET course outside school and complete the academic aspects at school. The school based aspects of the course are able to be taken at Foundation, Intermediate and Senior level. Each level is more rigorous than the last and Intermediate and Senior units may count towards VCE if desired.
Once VCAL has been successfully accomplished, students receive a certificate and a statement of results that details the areas of study they have completed.