Where to now? contains information about the senior secondary qualifications available in Victoria and where these can lead to after you've finished school.
The two main qualifications are the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
This booklet also has information about Vocational Education and Training (VET), which can form part of your VCE or VCAL, and school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.
Before you decide what you want to study, make sure you talk to your VCE coordinator or careers counsellor. They will help you make the best choices.
If you want to do the VCE or VCAL and you have special needs associated with an illness, a disability or personal circumstances, there are many support options. This is called Special Provision. Your school is best placed to tell you what's available to help you complete your VCE or VCAL studies.
If you know which career interests you, talk to people already working in the industry – ask them how they got to where they are now.
Welcome from the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education
The Hon. James Merlino MP
Deputy Premier and Minister
Congratulations on reaching your final years of secondary school. This is an important milestone in your education and you have many exciting options to consider when deciding how to complete your senior secondary schooling. This booklet will help you to make decisions about your future, whether you plan to enrol in university, complete an apprenticeship or traineeship, or enter the workforce. Most importantly, this booklet will help you to choose a path that allows you to explore your interests.
There are two senior secondary qualifications available to you – the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). Through VCE or VCAL, you can also achieve a Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificate or a school-based apprenticeship and traineeship.
VCE students who complete a higher level mathematics subject and a language as part of their VCE program may also be eligible to receive the VCE (Baccalaureate).
I encourage you to read the stories in this booklet from students who have just completed VCE, VCAL, VET and school-based apprenticeships. They have experienced the challenges and triumphs of the senior secondary years and they have provided great advice that may help you to decide what you want to study. Furthermore, the variety of their chosen pathways shows what is possible through the flexible learning opportunities available to Victorian students.
All Victorian education certificates are valuable and will recognise your learning and the skills you have gained. Make sure you discuss your options with your teachers, friends and family so that you can make the best decisions for achieving your goals.
I wish you the very best for your senior secondary schooling and the years that follow.
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