Vocational & Applied Learning


The VCAL is a senior secondary certificate that provides students with practical work-related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills that are important for life and work.

Like the VCE, the VCAL is a senior secondary qualification and a pathway to many careers and future education.

If students enjoy hands-on learning and would like to go to a TAFE institute or university, do an apprenticeship or traineeship, or start a job when they finish school, the VCAL may be a good choice.

The course is flexible and enables students to undertake a study program that suits their interests and learning needs in a variety of settings, including schools, TAFE institutes and Adult Community Education centres.

How do students achieve their VCAL?

To achieve a VCAL, students need to complete 10 units of study from four required strands:

  • Literacy and Numeracy Skills
  • Industry Specific Skills
  • Work Related Skills
  • Personal Development Skills.

Once students have successfully completed their VCAL, they will receive a Statement of Results that details the areas of study they have completed.


The School will offer two streams of VCAL in 2021:

  • An Intermediate VCAL (Year 11).
  • A Senior VCAL (Year 12).

VCAL’s flexibility enables students to study a program that combines VET, VCAL, VCE studies and ongoing work placement in an individual learning plan that supports their chosen pathway. Students enrol in the following coreVCAL units:

  • Numeracy Skills
  • Literacy Skills
  • Work Related Skills
  • VET and Personal Development Skills

Students most suitable for the program are those who:

  • Are interested in work or face challenges in completing a full VCE program
  • Are vocationally focused and do not require a VCE or an ATAR score
  • Are committed to completing Year12 at BHSSC
  • Are willing to be part of a team
  • Are recommended by teachers as suitable for it
  • Have parental support for doing VCAL

Where can VCAL take students?

The VCAL gives students practical work related experience and a qualification that is recognised by TAFE institutes, universities and employers. Together these help you move from school to work, an apprenticeship or traineeship and/or further training at TAFE/University. There are increasing number of universities that consider students with a VCAL Senior Certificate for admission. VCAL certificates are the truly flexible option for pathways after school.

How is VCAL Assessed?

All units in VCAL program are assessed by the College teachers and/or RTO. Students who include VCE studies in their VCAL can refer to the VCE information about assessment.

How does a student apply for Intermediate or Senior VCAL?

Year 11 and Year 12 students will be offered places in Intermediate or Senior VCAL subject to interview and academic performance in Year 10 or Year 11 respectively.

Click here: VCAA Webpage for VCAL


Further information about VCAL is in the  2021 Years 9 – 12 LEARNING PROGRAMS PATHWAY SELECTION HANDBOOK