Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a Victorian Senior Secondary Education Certificate developed in response to a recognised need for additional learning options in senior years.

Like the VCE , VCAL is a recognized, accredited senior school qualification.

It gives students practical work-related experience, as well as reading, writing and maths skills and the opportunity to build personal skills that are important for life and work.

Students who choose the VCAL are likely to be interested in going on to pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship training, getting a job or going to TAFE. While a VET certificate is optional in the VCE, it is essential in a VCAL program. If a student starts VCAL and decides they need a VCE instead, any VCE units successfully completed will count towards their VCE. Students who start a VCE can change to a VCAL with some of their VCE units counting as credit towards a VCAL.

The VCAL's flexibility enables students to undertake a study program that suits their interests and learning needs. Fully accredited modules and units are selected from VCAL's four compulsory strands:

  • Literacy and Numeracy Skills
  • Work Related Skills
  • Industry Specific Skills
  • Personal Development Skills

VCAL is a single full year program which can be taken at three levels. At Lara Secondary College students are enrolled in either Intermediate or Senior Certificate. The decision for which level students are enrolled at will be based on individual learning needs and negotiated during the course counselling process.

Our VCAL program has a focus on getting students out on Structured Work Placement and having ‘real world’ learning opportunities. The learning program is quite flexible and is designed to maximise each student’s capabilities to transition to their desired pathway.