The VCAL program is primarily focused on preparing students for vocational education and for work. To complete the VCAL study students need to gain 10 credits across all 4 of the following strands:
Students will also need to complete some special VCAL study Units, some VCE study Units and some VET modules in the 10 credits required to obtain the VCAL. Students can commence VCAL study after completing at least one full semester of VCE studies at Year 11 (Units 1 and/or 2 level).
Like the VCE, the VCAL is a recognised senior secondary qualification. Unlike the VCE, which is widely used by students as a pathway to university, the VCAL focuses on ‘hands-on learning’.
Students who do the VCAL are more likely to be interested in going on to training at TAFE/Vocational Colleges, doing an apprenticeship, or getting a job after completing VCAL
Students who wish to study VCAL and start Year 11 at the beginning of the year undertake 6 VCE study units in the first semester (Terms 1 and 2) and then complete the VCAL study in the second semester. These students also have an option to undertake the VCE Year 12 program and obtain the VCE. Students who wish to do the VCAL study and start Year 11 at the beginning of either Term 2 or Term 3 undertake 6 VCE study units in the second semester (Terms 3 and 4) and then complete the VCAL study in the first semester of the following year.
Students who undertake the VCE study program in Year 11 may change to the VCAL study for Year 12. Most students will be able to complete the VCAL study in the first semester of Year 12. Students who do not wish to proceed to university at the end of Year 12 should consider this option.
Students who have completed Year 11 in their home country and who have graduated from Western Senior Secondary’s English Language Centre or a similar English language program may also apply for admission to the Western Senior Secondary’s VCAL Study Program. The VCAL program will include up to 6 VCE Units, units from the VET Course in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery), or VET course in Business at Certificate II or III level, and VCAL Study Personal Development units
To Satisfactorily Complete VCAL Studies for a Senior VCAL Certificate, students must complete a minimum of six VCE study Units including at least one English/ESL and one Mathematics before enrolling in VCAL then students must complete five Senior VCAL study units including Personal Development Studies One and Two, Work-Related Studies One and Two, and Senior Literacy. Students must also complete an industry-based unit at least at Certificate II level of either Business Management or Hospitality.