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

Start Date(s): Start anytime!
End Date(s): December 2019
Days and Time: 4 to 5 days per 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 Writing100
LIT032Literacy Skills Senior Oral Communication100
NUM031Numeracy Skills Senior100
PDS031Personal Development Skills Unit 1 (senior)100
PDS032Personal Development Skills Unit 2 (senior)100
WRS031Work Related Skills Unit 1 (senior)100
WRS032Work Related Skills Unit 2 (senior)100

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.


For Business and Industry

We offer our business and industry clients customised workforce training, flexible delivery (when and where it suits you) and onsite assessments.

Call us on 1300 615 141 or contact us online for an obligation free consultation.

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 2019 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. 

2019 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 2019: $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 $0.20 $0.04 $7.70

^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 2019. 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 enrol in VCE or may 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.