VET in the VCE program combines general VCE studies with training and structured workplace learning. VET subjects are substantially different from other VCE subjects in that success is achieved by demonstrating the ability to do the required tasks. This is called competency-based learning. VET-VCE subjects provide industry specific training. Students can gain both a Nationally Recognised Certificate as well as gain credits in the VCE and VCAL.
(Students may choose to start their VET studies in Year 10.)

Why choose a VET course?

  • VET in Schools program will be fully recognised within the Unit 1-4 structure of the VCE and therefore will contribute towards the satisfactory completion of the VCE.
  • VET-VCE subjects contribute to the ATAR score as a fifth or sixth subject and score 10% of the average of the best four subjects EXCEPT for those VET/VCE subjects with scored assessment where tasks are scored and students receive a study score the same as for a VCE subject
  • VET programs help you develop work-ready skills as well as introducing you to potential employers or referees.
  • Demonstrates interest in the particular industry (eg hospitality), which could assist in gaining a place in a course.
  • Contributes to completion of the VCE and VCAL. A credit towards VCAL is awarded upon the successful completion of 100 hours of VET units.


The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a senior certificate that is based on applied learning. Applied learning means that it is a ‘hands on’ course and it aims to develop skills which will help students prepare for further education, training or employment.

VCAL may be studied at three levels - Foundation, Intermediate and Senior. Senior is the highest level. Students start at the level that matches their needs and abilities. An example of this is; a student may begin at the intermediate level and if successfully completed may move up to the senior level. Each level would normally take one year to complete.



What subjects make up VCAL?

Students who undertake VCAL will develop a learning program by selecting units and modules for each of the four VCAL strands.

Strand 1 - Literacy and Numeracy

Students’ VCAL learning must include literacy and numeracy. This may involve units from the VCE program or VCAL literacy and numeracy program.

Strand 2 - Industry Specific Skills

Students’ learning program must include an industry specific subject. The curriculum selected for this strand can include; VET units, VCE subjects or School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships. 

Strand 3 - Work Related Skills

Students’ VCAL program may include part-time work, new apprenticeships, work experience and work placement - and units and modules in preparing for work such as occupational health and safety or job interview skills.

Strand 4 - Personal Development Skills

Students’ learning program may include local and community based programs, voluntary work and school structured activities to help develop self confidence, teamwork and other skills important for life and work. This year students have participated in a VCAL leadership camp, performed community service activities and planned projects of their own.


To successfully complete a VCAL strand at any level students must achieve 10 credits. These are achieved by successfully achieving the learning outcomes in each unit or module. If you do VCAL at the senior level then students may enrol in VCE Units 3 and 4 and elect to receive grades and study scores for those subjects.