WHAT IS VCAL?
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a senior secondary qualification that has been designed to increase the pathways for young people in Year 11 and 12. VCAL focuses on “hands on learning”. It gives young people 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. Students who do the VCAL are more likely to be interested in going on to training at TAFE, doing an apprenticeship, or getting a job after completing Year 12. The flexibility of the VCAL enables students to design a study programme that suits their interests, strengths and learning needs.
HOW IS VCAL ASSESSED?
The VCAL is made up of accredited courses and certificates. There are 4 compulsory strands:
1. Numeracy and Literacy
2. Work Related Skills
3. Personal Development Skills
4. Industry Specific Skills
A range of assessment methods may be used including student demonstration, teacher observation, self-assessment inventories, portfolios, written text, debates and many more.