Course Code
Youth & Work Education
Study Area(s)
Course Length
Full-time(1 year)

Start Date(s): January 2020
End Date(s): November 2020
Days and Time: 4-5 days per week

Course Overview

If you haven't completed year 10 or have been out of school for a while, our VCAL Foundation will help you get back on the right track. VCAL is designed to help improve your Literacy, Numeracy, Work Ready and Communication skills as well as, preparing you to become job ready or commence a Kangan Institute pre-apprenticeship or other certificate level course.

Upon completion, you will attain a VCAL certificate (Foundation) as well as units in health, well-being, visual arts, information technology and the Certificate in General Education for Adults (Cert I in CGEA).

Foundation students do not undertake the VETiS program, so the CGEA is the alternative provided for students at this level.

In order to undertake this program/course, you must be at least 15 years of age.



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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
LIT011Literacy skills foundation reading and writing100
LIT012Literacy Skills Foundation Oral Communication100
NUM011Numeracy Skills Foundation100
PDS011Personal Development Skills Unit 1 (Foundation)100
PDS012Personal Development Skills Unit 2 (foundation)100
WRS011Work Related Skills Unit 1 (foundation)100
WRS012Work Related Skills Unit 2 (foundation)100

How will I be assessed?

Assessment may include written, oral or practical assessment methods. You will be advised in advance about the type of assessment and how it will operate. There is the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

Additional comments

More information about the VCAL (Foundation) course is available by contacting the VCAL office on 9279-2450 or email

What will I study?

You will be enrolled in a variety of units which will develop your literacy, numeracy, communication, IT and employability skills. To view the full list of units, please click on the module listing link in the course overview section above.

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

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This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

The fees listed below relate to 2020 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
Check your eligibility
Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2020 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:

Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2020: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
1000 1000 $1.05 $0.21 $7.29

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2020. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

For more information about our fees structure, click here.

What costs and other fees should I expect?

Course and materials fees will vary. You may also be eligible for government subsidised training or other exemptions. Your actual fees will be assessed upon enrolment.

For more information call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email your enquiry by clicking on the 'Enquire' button above.

Can I apply?

There are no set prerequisite requirements. However, you must be at least 15 years of age. It is also recommended that you have satisfactory literacy and numeracy skills. This will be determined by a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment at the time of interview.

Where and how can I study?

You will study at the Broadmeadows or Richmond Campus.

What employment opportunities will I have?

The VCAL Foundation program will develop your general skills increasing your eligibility for further study and employability in a variety of industries.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

On completion the VCAL Foundation Certificate, you will have improved your literacy, numeracy, communication and work ready skills.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of this course you will receive a Certificate I CGEA (Certificate in General Education for Adults) and the VCAL certificate (Foundation level).

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

You will be able to apply for a variety of courses including a pre-apprenticeship, VCAL Intermediate or other TAFE courses. You will also obtain credits towards your next course.

How do I apply?

You can make an online application by clicking on the 'Apply Here' button above or contact us on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email for more information.

How will I be selected for this course?

Applicants will need to attend an interview session and also undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment to identify the appropriate VCAL level.