The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning offers students an alternative pathway to completing Year 11 and 12. Students who undertake a VCAL course also have the opportunity to complete their VCE, but will not receive an enter score. As well as completing the dual VCAL / VCE program, students will also complete a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course and will have the opportunity to achieve various other qualifications through their VCAL course.
Students who choose a VCAL pathway are typically students who are hands on learners and are typically students who are looking to enter an apprenticeship, traineeship, TAFE or full time work in their post secondary education. If a student is looking to go immediately onto university following Year 12, the VCAL pathway would not be a viable pathway.
Dromana Secondary College’s VCAL program is underpinned by the following key principles:
ASSIST STUDENTS TO REACH THEIR POTENTIAL, BOTH SOCIALLY AND ACADEMICALLY
The VCAL Curriculum still has a heavy focus on Literacy and Numeracy skills to prepare students for the workforce and beyond. Students still complete two units of VCE Mathematics and VCE English, but the course also focuses on student’s personal development and extends students through exposure to a variety of activities including Outdoor Adventure Challenges. Texts in the Literacy component of the course are chosen to reflect this principle as students study texts and films that expose them to issues that are aimed to further enhance their social competence.
Students also undertake one day a week of Work Placement where they complete components of their course through participating and working in a structured workplace environment.
DEVELOP IN STUDENTS AN EMPATHY AND RESPECT FOR OTHERS THROUGH EXPOSURE TO DIFFERENT IDEAS AND OPINIONS
Students have the opportunity to participate in various external programs and are exposed to a range of guest speakers that have overcome adversity such as paraplegic and current Australian Commonwealth Games Team member, Luke Cain.
Dromana Secondary College’s whole VCAL program is structured to take students out of their comfort zone, in order to experience challenges that all students will all be faced with in their working and private lives.
INSTIL CONFIDENCE AND DEMONSTRATE THE VALUE OF PERSISTENCE THROUGH EXPOSURE TO, AND COMPLETION OF DEMANDING ACTIVITIES
In previous years VCAL students have completed activities such as hikes, self defence programs, overnight camps, a two day water awareness camp and an 8 week fully audited community environment and OH and S project based on the local Dromana Community.
The purpose of exposing students to such activities is to give them experiences where they achieve fantastic things only through persistence and to give each student the confidence to tackle any challenge presented.
DEVELOP QUALITIES OF LEADERSHIP WITHIN EVERY STUDENT
In 2011 the local community project saw VCAL students undertake research and development activities within the local Dromana Community. Students had to meet with community stakeholders such as businesses, residents and community groups to identify OHS and Environmental issues within the local community and measures that could be taken to improve OHS and Environmental sustainability on the Peninsula
DEVELOP SKILLS THAT WILL ENABLE STUDENTS TO FUNCTION IN THE EVER CHANGING GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Students have the opportunity to achieve a range of qualifications through their VCAL course including:
The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
- Certificate I, II, III and IV in a range of Vocational areas
- Responsible Serving of Alcohol and Safe Food Handling Certificates
- Construction Induction Safety Training (Red Card)
- National Volunteer Day participation certificate
- Level I Sports Coaching or Umpiring Qualifications
- Computer Certificates
Should you have any further queries in relation to a VCAL / VCE Program please do not hesitate to contact your relevant Senior School Leader or Assistant Principal.