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Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is an excellent qualification and learning program for those not requiring a university entrance score.

VCAL provides 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. As with the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), VCAL is an accredited senior secondary certificate.

Students who complete a VCAL are likely to be interested in further training at Technical and Further Education (TAFE), commencing an apprenticeship or traineeship or going in to employment.

Upon successfully completing VCAL, a certificate and a statement of results that details the areas of study that have been completed will be issued

Aims of VCAL:

The VCAL qualification is based on adult learning and youth development principles that focus on assisting students to successfully map and navigate their own pathway to further education and employment. The program aims to:
  • Use curriculum that builds on students' interests, abilities and strengths
  • Provide practical 'hands-on' activities to facilitate learning
  • Provide opportunities to integrate learning outcomes across one activity
  • Recognise all student achievements and value their contribution
  • Allow students to learn at their own pace and in different ways according to their preferred learning style
  • Build resilience and confidence
  • Encourage and support active participation in the community
  • Extend learning experiences beyond the classroom

VET Programs


Advance College of Education has a dedicated careers unit to support students looking for employment and/or further training. Pathways from VCAL can include employment, apprenticeships, traineeships and tertiary training.

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