Somerville Secondary College

VCAL

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning – VCAL

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is an accredited senior secondary school qualification undertaken throughout Years 10-12. If a students’ main aim is to go to TAFE, get an apprenticeship or take on-the-job training when you leave school, then you should consider completing VCAL. 

It is an ideal course for students who do not intend going on to university but have a clear vocational direction in mind. It is important to recognise that whilst VCAL does not provide a direct entry to University, students can still enter University once they have completed a Diploma through the TAFE system. VCAL requires students to have excellent time management skills to be able to manage all three compulsory components to successfully qualify. Our VCAL students will spend:

  • one day at work, 
  • one day in industry training (VET program or SBAT) and 
  • three days at school. 

Students will gain practical experience and employability skills, as well as skills to go on to further training in the workplace or at TAFE.