VCAL - Victorian Certificate Of Applied Learning (Senior)

VCAL - Victorian Certificate Of Applied Learning (Senior)

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

Start Date(s): January 2021
End Date(s): December 2021
Days and Time: 4 to 5 days a week

Course Overview

If you feel that VCE is not your thing, then our Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) course is an excellent alternative and provides you with a practical, hands-on option in Years 10, 11 and 12.

VCAL provides you with practical work-related experience with Vocational Education and Training (VET), as well as literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal skills that are important for life and work. Our VCAL (Senior) course is suitable if you have completed Year 11, Intermediate VCAL or are wanting to finish your senior secondary certificate.

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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
LIT031Literacy Skills Senior Reading and Writing (LIT031)100
LIT032Literacy Skills Senior Oral Communication (LIT032)100
NUM031Numeracy Skills Senior (NUM031)100
PDS031Personal Development Skills Unit 1 (senior) (PDS031)100
PDS032Personal Development Skills Unit 2 (senior) (PDS032)100
WRS031Work Related Skills Unit 1 (senior) (WRS031)100
WRS032Work Related Skills Unit 2 (senior) (WRS032)100


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
AHCBUS402ACost a project (AHCBUS402A)0
AHCLSC201AAssist with landscape construction work (AHCLSC201A)0
AHCLSC204ALay paving (AHCLSC204A)0
AHCMOM203AOperate basic machinery and equipment (AHCMOM203A)0
AHCPMG201ATreat weeds (AHCPMG201A)0
AHCWRK208AProvide Information On Products And Services (AHCWRK208A)0
BSBADM101Use Business Equipment And Resources (BSBADM101)0
BSBCMM201ACommunicate In The Workplace (BSBCMM201A)40
BSBINM201Process and maintain workplace information (BSBINM201)30
BSBINM301Organise Workplace Information (BSBINM301)30
BSBITU102ADevelop Keyboard Skills (BSBITU102A)0
BSBITU201Produce Simple Word Processed Documents (BSBITU201)60
BSBITU203ACommunicate Electronically (BSBITU203A)0
BSBSMB201Identify suitability for micro business (BSBSMB201)0
BSBWHS201AContribute To Health And Safety Of Self And Others (BSBWHS201A)20
BSBWOR202AOrganise And Complete Daily Work Activities (BSBWOR202A)0
BSBWOR203Work Effectively With Others (BSBWOR203)15
BSBWRT301Write Simple Documents (BSBWRT301)30
CHCIC201BCommunicate With Children (CHCIC201B)0
CHCORG202CWork with others (CHCORG202C)0
CHCYTH301EWork Effectively With Young People (CHCYTH301E)0
CUFWRT301AWrite Content For A Range Of Media (CUFWRT301A)0
CUSMCP302AWrite Song Lyrics (CUSMCP302A)0
CUSMLT201ADevelop And Apply Musical Ideas And Listening Skills (CUSMLT201A)0
CUVACD101AUse Basic Drawing Techniques (CUVACD101A)0
CUVACD201ADevelop Drawing Skills To Communicate Ideas (CUVACD201A)0
CUVDRA201ADevelop Drawing Skills (CUVDRA201A)0
CUVPAI201ADevelop Painting Skills (CUVPAI201A)0
CUVPRI201ADevelop Printmaking Skills (CUVPRI201A)0
CUVPRP201AMake Simple Creative Work (CUVPRP201A)0
CUVTEX201ADevelop skills in textile work (CUVTEX201A)0
FDFOP2061AUse Numerical Applications In The Workplace (FDFOP2061A)30
FNSFLT201ADevelop And Use A Personal Budget (FNSFLT201A)0
FNSFLT202ADevelop And Use A Savings Plan (FNSFLT202A)0
FSKLRG04Use Basic Strategies For Work-related Learning (FSKLRG04)15
FSKNUM08Identify And Use Whole Numbers And Simple Fractions, Decimals And Percentages For Work (FSKNUM08)15
FSKRDG07Read And Respond To Simple Workplace Information (FSKRDG07)15
FSKWTG06Write Simple Workplace Information (FSKWTG06)15
ICAICT204AOperate A Digital Media Technology Package (ICAICT204A)0
ICAWEB201AUse Social Media Tools For Collaboration And Engagement (ICAWEB201A)0
ICTICT103Use, Communicate And Search Securely On The Internet (ICTICT103)50
ICTICT104Use digital devices (ICTICT104)0
ICTICT106Operate presentation packages (ICTICT106)0
ICTICT204Operate a digital media technology package (ICTICT204)0
NUM032Numeracy Senior (Advanced) (NUM032)0
SFS031Skills for Further Study Senior (SFS031)0
SISCCRD301AFacilitate community development through recreational activities (SISCCRD301A)0
SISCCRD304AWork with key stakeholders (SISCCRD304A)0
SISCCRO305ADevelop a budget for a recreation initiative (SISCCRO305A)0
SISFFIT306AProvide Healthy Eating Information To Clients In Accordance With Recommended Guidelines (SISFFIT306A)0
SISOODR201AAssist In Conducting Outdoor Recreation Sessions (SISOODR201A)0
SISOODR303AGuide outdoor recreation sessions (SISOODR303A)0
SISOODR404AManage risk in an outdoor activity (SISOODR404A)0
SISOOPS305AProvide first aid in a remote location (SISOOPS305A)0
SISSCOP307AManage Personal Finances (SISSCOP307A)20
SISXCAI101AProvide equipment for activities (SISXCAI101A)0
SISXCCS201AProvide customer service (SISXCCS201A)0
SISXEMR201ARespond to emergency situations (SISXEMR201A)0
SISXIND211Develop And Update Sport, Fitness And Recreation Industry Knowledge (SISXIND211)0
SISXOHS101AFollow Occupational Health And Safety Policies (SISXOHS101A)0
SITTGDE306Research and share general information on Australian Indigenous cultures (SITTGDE306)0
VU21046Prepare simple budgets (VU21046)10
VU21298Conduct A Project With Guidance (VU21298)20
VU21313Develop Verbal Communication Skills (VU21313)15
VU21320Identify features of the health care system (VU21320)0
VU21323Develop And Document A Learning Plan And Portfolio (VU21323)0
VU21324Plan And Undertake A Project (VU21324)0
VU21325Engage With Texts Of Limited Complexity For Personal Purposes (VU21325)0
VU21343Undertake a simple investigation of health and wellbeing (VU21343)20
VU21351Investigate driving and owning a car (VU21351)0
VU21354Implement And Review A Project (VU21354)0
VU21363Investigate And Interpret Shapes And Measurements And Related Formulae In A Range Of Contexts (VU21363)50
VU21364Investigate Numerical And Statistical Information In A Range Of Contexts (VU21364)50
VU21365Investigate & use simple mathematical formulae and problem solving techniques in a range of contexts (VU21365)50
VU21366Investigate An Environmental Issue (VU21366)0
VU21370Investigate Features Of Australian Culture (VU21370)0
VU21375Evaluate Pathway Options, Design A Learning Plan And Complete A Portfolio (VU21375)0
VU21380Create A Range Of Highly Complex Texts For Personal Purposes (VU21380)0
VU21383Analyse And Evaluate Numerical And Statistical Information (VU21383)50
VU21384Use Algebraic Techniques To Analyse Mathematical Problems (VU21384)50
VU21385Use formal mathematical concepts and techniques to analyse and solve problems (VU21385)50
VU21389Design And Review A Project (VU21389)0
VU21390Analyse Science In The Community (VU21390)0
VU21663Develop Personal Effectiveness (VU21663)0
VU21664Prepare For Employment (VU21664)30
VU21665Develop An Action Plan For Career Planning (VU21665)0

How will I be assessed?

Assessment may be conducted via written, oral or practical 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

VET Courses and areas will run subject to numbers. For further information on the individual VET programs visit the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) website.

What will I study?

VCAL consists of the following areas: Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development Skills, Work Related Skills, Industry (VET). Students will be enrolled in a variety of units to increase their employability skills.

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

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Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

To you check your eligibility click here.

Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.

The fees listed below relate to 2021 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. 

2021 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 2021: $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 2021. 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 may apply. 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?

You must be at least 16 years of age and have completed Year 11, Intermediate VCAL or its equivalent. It is also recommended to have satisfactory literacy and numeracy skills. This will be determined by a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment at the time of your interview.

Where and how can I study?

You will study the VCAL units at our Broadmeadows or Richmond campus. Various VET programs are also run across a number of different campuses including Broadmeadows, Docklands, Richmond, Moonee Ponds and Essendon.

What employment opportunities will I have?

This VCAL course allows you to develop general skills which increase your eligibility for further study and employability in a variety of industries.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will gain skills which will increase your employability, such as literacy and numeracy, problem solving and organisational planning. This course will also provide you with basic knowledge and practical skills associated with working in various VET industries.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) at a Senior Level. You may also be eligible for a Certificate II or III in your chosen VET area.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

Students will have the opportunity to progress to higher level studies at a Certificate III and Certificate IV level.

How do I apply?

You may apply online by clicking on the 'Apply Here' button above or call 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 and also undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment to identify their appropriate VCAL level.