Duration: 
2 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face
Start dates:
13 February 2023
10 June 2023
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 25 February 2023 for our next intake which starts on 13 February 2023.

Overview

Gain academic, practical knowledge and employability skills with the Victorian Certificate of Education Vocational Major (VCE VM) at Victoria University (VU) Polytechnic.

The VCE VM is a two-year program that offers you a pathway into apprenticeships, traineeships or further study. You will gain interpersonal skills and build confidence through learning activities and completing tasks that require you to apply your problem-solving, leadership and decision making capabilities.

You will develop:

  • literacy and numeracy skills
  • work-related skills
  • industry-specific skills
  • personal and employability skills
  • skills for further education.

The VCE VM is a senior secondary school qualification (Year 11 and Year 12) issued by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and is delivered under the authority of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA). If you successfully complete the course, you’ll receive your Victorian Certificate of Education Vocational Major.

The VCE VM program applies the STRIPES model, which focuses on strengths-based, trauma-informed practice such as restorative justice and positive education strategies.

VU Polytechnic’s student-centred focus recognises that each student is unique and supports them to become STRONG: strengths-focused, teachable, resilient, optimistic, nurturing and grateful.

This focus is embedded into the timetable through workshops or presentations run by VU Wellbeing, VU Polytechnic support staff, VU Careers and industry guest speakers.

In addition to your VCE VM enrolment, you will need to enrol into a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification and complete the necessary VET units to meet the VET credits requirements of the VCE-VM program.

City Tower

  • Beauty

Footscray Nicholson

  • Applied Digital Technologies

Sunshine

  • Carpentry
  • Bricklaying
  • Plumbing
  • Civil Construction
  • Engineering
  • Electrotechnology

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Skills First (subsidised) indicative fees

The Skills First government contribution in 2022 towards this course is $5,580 and in 2023 is $5,580. If eligible, you will pay:

  • Tuition 2022/23: $2,088/$1,476*
  • Materials 2022/23: $108/$108
  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) 2022/23: maximum per year $157.50/$160.65**

*A concession rate of 20% of the standard Skills First subsidised tuition fee is available if you are eligible for a concession. Learn more about concessions.

**The SSAF Fee is indicative only as we await advice on the maximum fee tertiary institutions can charge in 2023.


Full-fee place total indicative fees

  • 2022/23 full-fee place: $7,200/$7,200.

Careers

For adults returning to study, VCE can provide pathways into:

  • vocational higher education
  • courses and 
  • a broad range of careers.

The course also prepares you to directly enter the job market.

Course contents

VCE Vocational Major (VM)
To be eligible to receive the VCE VM, students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 16 units, including:

  • 3 VCE VM Literacy or VCE English units (including a Unit 3–4 sequence)
  • 2 VCE VM Numeracy or VCE Mathematics units
  • 2 VCE VM Work Related Skills units
  • 2 VCE VM Personal Development Skills units, and
  • 2 VET credits at Certificate II level or above (180 nominal hours)

Students must complete a minimum of three other Unit 3–4 sequences as part of their program

VCE Vocational Major (VM)

Core units, then elective order

Year 12

Students select units (minimum 180 hours) from the VET units available

Intermediate VCAL units Teach out only

Senior VCAL units 2023 Teach out only

CORE UNITS:

2022 Delivery only

Units 3 and 4

ELECTIVE UNITS

UNITS IN TRANSITION:

The following unit/s will not be offered to prospective students in 2022. These units are only available for current/continuing students.

UNITS IN TRANSITION:

Year 11 Maths and Sciences or equivalent are the pre-requisites for Maths and Science subjects at Year 12.

Gain academic, practical knowledge and employability skills with the Victorian Certificate of Education Vocational Major (VCE VM) at Victoria University Polytechnic.
The VCE VM is a two-year program that offers you a pathway into apprenticeships, traineeships or further study. You will gain interpersonal skills and build confidence through learning activities and completing tasks that require you to apply your problem-solving, leadership and decision-making capabilities. You will develop:
• literacy and numeracy skills
• work-related skills
• industry-specific skills
• personal and employability skills
• skills for further education.
The VCE VM is a senior secondary school qualification (Year 11 and Year 12) issued by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and is 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. If you successfully complete your course you'll receive your Victorian Certificate of Education Vocational Major.

The VCE VM program will apply the STRIPES model, which focuses on strengths-based, trauma-informed practices such as restorative justice and positive education strategies.
VU Polytechnic's student-centred focus (is the) recognises that each student is unique and supports (our students) to become STRONG: Strengths-focused, Teachable, Resilient, Optimistic, Nurturing and Grateful (while recognising that they are all unique). This focus has been embedded into the timetable through workshops or presentations run by VU Well-being, VU Polytechnic support staff, VU Careers as well as industry guest speakers.
Please note:
In addition to their VCE VM enrolment, students will be required to enrol into a VET qualification and complete the necessary VET units to meet the VET credits requirements of the VCE-VM program. The locations for delivery of the VET programs are as follows: Carpentry, Bricklaying, Plumbing, Civil Construction, Engineering and Electrotechnology will be delivered at the Sunshine campus. The Beauty program will be delivered at the City campus. The Applied Digital Technologies program will be delivered at the Footscray Nicholson campus.

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) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.

How to apply

Available start dates:

  • 13 February 2023
  • 10 June 2023

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