The Heritage College VCAL program gives students the opportunity to learn hands-on skills in a structured and supportive environment, providing alternative pathways to study and employment. Projects and solutions are student-driven while teachers become mentors, providing guidance and advice throughout major projects.
The Victorian Certificate of applied Learning (VCAL) is a recognised senior secondary qualification like the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
The Victorian Certificate of applied Learning (VCAL) is a recognised senior secondary qualification like the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). Unlike the VCE, which is widely used by students as a pathway to university, the VCAL focuses on ‘hands-on learning’. Students who do the VCAL are more likely to be interested in going on to training at TAFE, doing an apprenticeship, or getting a job after completing Year 12. (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority)
VCAL students learn in a different manner. Real-world, practical programs combined with theory equivalent to VCE standards prepares students for entering the workplace. On-going career counselling helps in the selection of appropriate TAFE Certificates that will lead students to a rewarding career.
Students will make mistakes, but they learn from their mistakes in a supportive and collaborative environment with the guidance of experienced mentors.
The VCAL program at Heritage College is structured to ensure students are employment ready and well prepared for further study at TAFE.
VCAL students learn in a different manner, where real life practical programs coupled with theory at VCE standards prepares students for entering the workplace. On-going career counselling helps in the selection of appropriate TAFE Certificate’s that will lead to a rewarding career.
The practical areas of the VCAL are student driven. Senior students run all projects. During class in Term 3 of Year 11, at the end of the VCAL intermediate level, students determine what major projects will be completed during their senior year. Students formulate budgets and work with all of the relevant stakeholders to ensure compliance and to emulate a real-world scenario. Students then submit their plans to School leadership for acceptance and begin implementation of their plans.
Through the support and advice of experienced mentors and ongoing career counselling, students are prepared for employment, further TAFE study and to become positive members of their community.