VICTORIAN CERTIFICATE OF APPLIED LEARNING (VCAL)
The College offers VCAA’s VCAL program alongside the VCE. The VCAL gives you 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 VCAL is a recognised senior secondary qualification.
What is this program about?
Students completing Yr 10 may apply to complete their senior Yr 11 and 12 program at PVCC through VCAL. VCAL is a pathway to Yr 12 completion that is particularly suited for students who have no need of an ATAR score, such as apprenticeships and TAFE courses based on folio work.
The VCAL’s flexibility enables you to undertake a study program that suits your interests and learning needs. The VCAL program is based around several hands-on community projects. Through the planning and implementing of these projects, students develop personal and work related skills, applying mathematical and literacy skills. The program also provides the opportunity for students to complete a TAFE certificate, VCE study and a structured work placement. The style of learning and assessment in VCAL mimics as much as possible that of a workplace setting. Fully accredited modules and units are selected for the following four compulsory strands:
- Literacy and Numeracy Skills
- Work Related Skills
- Industry Specific Skills
- Personal Development Skills
The Literacy and Numeracy Skills Strand are integral to our VCAL course.
The Industry Specific Skills Strand is completed by the inclusion of components of a nationally recognised VET qualification. Many students at PVCC achieve this through our association with the NMVC (Northern Melbourne Vet Cluster) Schools Group or by completing a VET subject at the College – VET Sport and Recreation, VET Music Technology or VET Christian Ministry and Theology.
The Work Related Skills Strand is completed via a Structured Work Placement (similar to an extended Work Experience Arrangement) or if the student has part time work or a part time apprenticeship/traineeship, these will equally satisfy the requirements. Small units and modules that prepare students for the world of work are provided by a College teacher to supplement the learning obtained on the job.
The final strand, Personal Development Skills, is provided as a separate subject studied at the College and includes participation in activities and/or projects in the community or school that help develop teamwork skills and self-confidence.