VCAL Courses

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a Year 11 and/or Year 12 certificate that is based on learning practical skills.  VCAL aims to develop skills which will help students prepare for further education, training or employment usually through TAFE or Apprenticeship pathways.

VCAL at Swan Hill College is designed to engage the students in a program that will enable them to become work ready.  VCAL at the Swan Hill College is heavily involved in community based projects and there will be times throughout the year where classes will complete class work offsite.

What subjects make up VCAL?

VCAL is made of 5 strands.  Four of these, Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development and Work Related Skills are delivered as an integrated program. 

Strand 1 – Literacy
Students must undertake Literacy units covering both Reading & Writing and Oral Skills.

Strand 2 – Numeracy
Students must undertake a Numeracy or Maths subject. This can be either the specific VCAL Numeracy (practical maths skills) or a VCE Maths subject.

Strand 3 – Personal Development Skills
Students must complete the Personal Development Units. The learning program may include local and community based programs, voluntary work and school structured activities to help develop self confidence, leadership, teamwork and other skills important for life and work.  NOTE: Students will be required to attend a leadership camp in both years 11 & 12.

 

Strand 4 – Work Related Skills
Students’ VCAL program may include a specific work related skills unit or in some cases, they may be able to take on additional VET program to meet this strand requirement.   At least 15 days of Structural Work Placement must be completed by students enrolled in the senior level certificate.   

Strand 5 – Industry Specific Skills (Vocational skills / VET program)
Students’ VCAL program must include an industry specific subject. This must be a vocational course so can be either a VET in Schools course or a school based apprenticeship/traineeship.

VCAL Subjects

The College offers Intermediate VCAL at year 11
This program offers students the chance to enrol in a VCAL/VET or a VCAL//VET/VCE combined program. To obtain an Intermediate VCAL certificate students need to meet VCAA requirements i.e. 10 credits overall, 6 at or above enrolled level and meet all strand requirements.

VCAL Intermediate level  – 6 subjects:
Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development Skills, Work related Skills & 2 VET courses (or  one VET plus one VCE Unit 1+2 subject. )

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The College offers Senior VCAL at year 12
This program offers students the chance to enrol in a VCAL/VET or a VCAL//VET/VCE combined program. To obtain a Senior VCAL certificate students need to meet VCAA requirements i.e. 10 credits overall, 6 at or above enrolled level and meet all strand requirements.   Senior VCAL students will also be required to complete at least  15 days of work placement.   This maybe completed on the study day or as a Monday to Friday blocks.  

VCAL Senior level – 5 subjects + 1 day study/work placement each week
Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development Skills, Work Related Skills and VET subject

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**Note: VCAL is available at three levels – Foundation, Intermediate and Senior.  While students will usually complete Intermediate level in Year 11 and move on to the senior level in Year 12, the levels may however, be customised to suit individual student abilities. (i.e. Year 11 Foundation & Year 12 Intermediate)

 

Years 11 & 12 VCAL Literacy

The purpose of this unit is to enable students to develop the skills and knowledge to read and write a range of texts on everyday subject matters which include some unfamiliar aspects or material. Learning is based around projects that allow integrated learning so that more than one Learning Outcome is achieved when a project is completed.

Learning Outcomes:

Writing

1. Writing for Self Expression

2. Writing for Practical Purposes

3. Writing for Knowledge

4. Writing for Public Debate

Reading

1. Reading for Self Expression

2. Reading for Practical Purposes

3. Reading for Knowledge

4. Reading for Public Debate                                              

Oral Communication

1. Oral communication for practical purposes

2. Oral communication for knowledge

3. Oral communication for exploring issues and problem solving

4. Oral communication for self expression

 

Why choose VCAL Literacy?
VCAL Literacy is ideal for students wishing to improve their reading, writing & communication skills by completing tasks that are not presented in a traditional academic way.

Assessment:
Assessment for tasks is criteria based.  Each learning outcome is achieved when students demonstrate competence appropriate to their VCAL level.  Assessment methods used may include written text, teacher observation and oral responses.

 

Years 11 & 12 VCAL Numeracy

Students must demonstrate competency in the following learning outcomes to be credited with this unit.

  • Design
  • Measuring
  • Location
  • Data
  • Numerical Information
  • Problem Solving

VCAL Numeracy is designed to enable students to develop practical knowledge, skills and understanding relevant to the everyday use of mathematics at home, at work and in the community.

Assessment:
Assessment tasks are based on specific criteria. VCAL students are required to demonstrate a level of competence that is appropriate to their VCAL level (Foundation, Intermediate or Senior).

 

Years 11 & 12 VCAL Personal Development

The purpose of this subject is to develop growth in relation to:

  • the development of self
  • social responsibility
  • building community
  • civic and civil responsibility
  • improved self confidence and self esteem
  • valuing civic participation in a democratic society

Students participate in learning experiences of a practical nature which focus on organisational and planning skills, knowledge, practical skills, problem solving and teamwork.

Students are required to attend leadership camps in both years 11 & 12 for this subject.

Assessment:
The award of satisfactory achievement for a unit is based on a decision that the student has demonstrated achievement of the learning outcomes specified for the unit.

A range of assessment methods can be used and they can include a portfolio of student work, checklists, evidence of participation in a project, awards, or oral reports.  

Excursion approximate cost: $400

Years 11 & 12 VCAL Work Related Skills

The purpose of the Work Related Skills is to develop the employability skills, knowledge and attitudes valued within the community and work environments as preparation for employment.

The development of employability skills within this unit provides students with the ability to consider and choose from range of employment pathways.

Work related skills will seek to develop the students employability skills in the following areas:

  • OH&S practice/employer/employee responsibility
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Initiative and enterprise skills
  • Planning and organising
  • Self awareness
  • Learning
  • Ability to work with technology

Assessment:
Assessment tasks are based on specific criteria. VCAL students are required to demonstrate a level of competence that is appropriate to their VCAL level (Foundation, Intermediate or Senior).

Structured work placements, School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships and Part time work can all contribute towards assessment for this subject.