Duration: 
1 year full time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face
Workplace
Application due dates:
Applications are not being taken at this time.

Overview

Gain work-related experience, practical knowledge and employability skills with the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) at Victoria University Polytechnic.

VCAL offers you a pathway into apprenticeships, traineeships or further study. At an intermediate level, you will develop:

  • literacy and numeracy skills
  • work related skills
  • industry specific skills
  • personal and employability skills.

Find out more about VCAL at a course information session.

VCE and VCAL are delivered under the authority of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA). Find out about our registration and compliance with VRQA standards for the provision of secondary education.

Indicative fees for 2021

Government-subsidised place

  • Tuition: $2,411.20
  • Materials: $216
  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF): maximum per year $156.50

Full-fee place

All-inclusive fee (tuition, materials & SSAF): $10,960

Careers

The VCAL Intermediate course provides a pathway to the VCAL Senior certificate or VCE. Other options may be an apprenticeship/traineeship, other VET qualifications or employment.

Course contents

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.

To be awarded the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) (Intermediate), a student must successfully complete a learning program that contains a minimum of ten (10) credits and includes:

• curriculum components to the value of at least one (1) credit, each of which can be justified against the purpose statement for each of the four (4) VCAL curriculum strands;

• a minimum of two (2) VCAL units;

• one (1) credit for Numeracy, and;

• curriculum components to the value of six (6) credits at the level of the VCAL award (or above), of which one (1) must be for Literacy Skills unit and one (1) for a Personal Development Skills unit. However, credits classified at Foundation Level (VCAL Foundation units, and VET and FE units at Level 1 cannot contribute to Senior Level.

Note: 1 credit = one (1) VCAL Intermediate or Senior Skills Unit or one (1) Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Unit or a total of ninety (90) nominal hours of completed unit/s of competency/modules from a certificate I or higher qualification.

VCAL Curriculum Strands
Each VCAL award level contains four curriculum strands:

1. Literacy and Numeracy Skills Strand

To satisfy the requirements of the VCAL Literacy and Numeracy Skills Strand, students must successfully attain one (1) credit for Literacy and one (1) credit for Numeracy. The Literacy unit must be at the award level or above. The Numeracy unit must be at the award level or below. FE units selected must be at Certificate II or higher.

2. Personal Development Skills Strand

Students must successfully complete a minimum of one (1) credit from the VCAL Personal Development Skills Strand at the award level (or above).

3. Work Related Skills Strand

Students must successfully complete a minimum of one (1) credit from the VCAL Work Related Skills Strand. Curriculum selected from this strand can include: VCAL Work Related Skills units, VCE units aligned to the Work Related Skills Strand, VCE/VET units, selected accredited FE modules or certificates or nationally accredited VET modules/units of competencies.

4. Industry Specific Skills Strand

Students must successfully complete a minimum of one (1) credit in the Industry Specific Skills Strand to meet the minimum VCAL course requirements. One (1) credit will be given for the successful completion of accredited vocational education and training units of competency/modules that total ninety (90) nominal hours.

Literacy and Numeracy Skills Strand

Personal Development Skills Strand

Work Related Skills Strand

Industry Specific Skills Strand

Applied Digital Technologies (ADT)

Any remaining credits required to be awarded the VCAL Intermediate Certificate can come from the remaining VCAL units, VCE studies (Units 1 & 2), VET and/or FE certificates

Industry Specific Skills Strand

Carpentry

Any remaining credits required to be awarded the VCAL Intermediate Certificate can come from the remaining VCAL units, VCE studies (Units 1 & 2), VET and/or FE certificates

Industry Specific Skills Strand

Hospitality

Any remaining credits required to be awarded the VCAL Intermediate Certificate can come from the remaining VCAL units, VCE studies (Units 1 & 2), VET and/or FE certificates

Industry Specific Skills Strand

Beauty

Any remaining credits required to be awarded the VCAL Intermediate Certificate can come from the remaining VCAL units, VCE studies (Units 1 & 2), VET and/or FE certificates

Industry Specific Skills Strand

Electrotechnology

Any remaining credits required to be awarded the VCAL Intermediate Certificate can come from the remaining VCAL units, VCE studies (Units 1 & 2), VET and/or FE certificates

Units in Transition

ICT - General

Any remaining credits required to be awarded the VCAL Intermediate Certificate can come from the remaining VCAL units, VCE studies (Units 1 & 2), VET and/or FE certificates

Hospitality

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Intermediate is a senior secondary certificate of education recognised within the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF).  It provides skills, knowledge and applied learning to young people exploring pathways to work and/or further education; it develops skills and knowledge through four key curriculum areas: literacy and numeracy; work related skills; industry specific skills, and; personal development. Furthermore, students can undertake Vocational Education and Training (VET) as part of this course, allowing for the completion of accredited VET modules and/or certificates as part of the VCAL.

This course provides options for young people exploring work pathways and further education. The emphasis is on applied learning, giving young people skills and knowledge relevant to work and life. It develops literacy and numeracy skills; work related skills; industry specific skills, and personal and employability skills.

Please note:
Carpentry and Electrotechnology units are delivered at Sunshine campus only.
Hospitality units are delivery at Footscray Nicholson campus only.
Beauty units are delivered at City King campus only.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

As part of the application process applicants:

  • must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR)
  • undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission and identify support needs
  • will be required to attend an interview.

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