Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

CRICOS Code: 062870G

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program is primarily focused on preparing students for vocational education and for work. VCAL gives you practical work-related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build important personal skills. Like the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), VCAL is an accredited secondary certificate.

There are four compulsory strands in VCAL:

  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • Industry Specific Skills (4 Business units)
  • Work Related Skills (1 & 2), and
  • Personal Development Skills

Students can commence VCAL study after completing at least one full semester of VCE studies at Year 11 (Units 1 and/or 2 level).

VCAL in Year 11
Students who wish to study VCAL and start Year 11 at the beginning of the year undertake six VCE study units in the first semester (Terms 1 and 2) and then complete the VCAL study in the second semester. These students also have an option to undertake the VCE Year 12 program and obtain the VCE. Students who wish to do the VCAL study and start Year 11 at the beginning of either Term 2 or Term 3 undertake six VCE study units in the second semester (Terms 3 and 4) and then complete the VCAL study in the first semester of the following year.

Students studying the VCAL Program in Year 11 will study some VCE study units, units from the VET courses in Business at Certificate II level and VCAL units. At the conclusion of the VCAL study, students can undertake further vocational education or undertake the Ozford VCE Year 12 program and also obtain the VCE. Vocational education can be through the Ozford College of Business or undertaken elsewhere.

VCAL in Year 12
Students who undertake the VCE study program in Year 11 may change to the VCAL study for Year 12. Most students will be able to complete the VCAL study in the first semester of Year 12. Students who do not wish to proceed to university at the end of Year 12 should consider this option.

Students who have completed Year 11 in their home country and who have graduated from the Ozford English Language Centre or a similar English language program may also apply for admission to the Ozford VCAL Study Program. The VCAL program will include up to 6 VCE Units, units from the VET Course in Business at Certificate II and VCAL units. 

Satisfactory Completion of Senior VCAL at Ozford High School
A student is awarded a Senior VCAL Certificate when they successfully complete the 10 credits for the five VCAL study units, six VCE study units and the following four Certificate II in Business Units:

  • BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • BSBITU201 Produce simple word processed documents
  • BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others

Students who start their VCAL and then decide they would like to complete their VCE, are able to transfer between certificates. Any VCE studies successfully completed as part of the VCAL program will count towards the VCE.

A certificate and Statement of Results will be issued to students who successfully complete their VCAL.