VET allows students to undertake nationally recognised training as part of their VCE or VCAL. It enables students to combine general and vocational studies, explore career options and pathways, learn in the workplace and develop skills to prepare them for the workplace and further study.

There are three ways for students to include VET as part of their VCE. If students complete a VET qualification in any of these ways, they will receive a certificate from the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) as well as credit in the VCE.


VCE VET programs

VCE VET students do vocational education and training programs as part of their VCE. Currently there are twenty-six VCE VET programs to choose from.

Click here: VCAA Webpage for VET

VCE VET contributes towards satisfactory completion of the VCE and gives the student a qualification that is recognised around Australia. It can also lead to further training, for example at a TAFE institute. VCE VET programs that have Units 3 and 4 can be included in the calculation of the ATAR by VTAC.

All VCE VET units, with a Units 3 and 4 sequence, make a contribution to the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank), either by providing a 10% increment to the ATAR or by inclusion in the primary four subjects for the calculation of their ATAR for those VET programs with scored assessment.




The VET courses offered on-site at BHSSC are:


  • VCE VET Building and Construction 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • VCE VET Horticulture – Landscape 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • VCE VET Sport and Recreation 1, 2, 3 & 4


Students can also apply to take a different VET subject at a TAFE institution. Students considering doing a VET study should contact the college as soon as possible to ensure a timely enrolment / secure a place.

The closest TAFE is a 10-minute walk – Box Hill Institute. Click here: VET Delivered to Secondary Students at Box Hill Institute



In 2021, BHSSC will also be undertaking the Head Start Apprenticeship and Traineeship Program.

Details regarding this program will be released in Term 4 2021, and students are encouraged to examine this school-based apprenticeship program as another possible pathway.

This Program is only for Years 11 and 12 students. Head Start students can pair their VCAL, along with a VET subject related to their apprenticeship.


Block credit

If students are interested in doing a vocational training certificate that is not available as a VCE VET program or a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, it is possible they may be able to count this training towards satisfactory completion of their VCE. Block credit is the name given to this arrangement. Further information is available at  


VET in the VCE


VCE VET programs are designed to:

  • Expand vocational opportunities for senior secondary students Link schools to industry and training providers.
  • Help meet the needs of industry.
  • Prepare young people for the workplace of the future.
  • Provide opportunities for students to participate in workplace learning.


Further information about VET and Head Start is in the  2021 Years 9 – 12 LEARNING PROGRAMS PATHWAY SELECTION HANDBOOK