Vocational Education and Training

VCE VET programs for 2017

There have been a number of changes to qualifications that make up VCE VET programs. These include programs that have been redeveloped for implementation in 2017. All VCE VET program webpages have been updated for 2017 to reflect any change; it is important for teachers to refer to the current versions of programs and documents.

The VCE VET Program Changes for 2017 document provides individual program details for programs where:

  • continuous improvement has resulted in unit of competency and/or program structure changes
  • redevelopment has been undertaken and revised programs are to be implemented from 2017
  • a revised scored Units 3 and 4 is available for the first time in 2017.

Changes to VCE VET programs are reflected in the Program Summaries or Program Booklet Extracts available on individual VCE VET Program webpages on the VCAA website.

VCE VET Program Transition Advice for 2017 provides detailed advice for all programs that have changes requiring specific actions to be undertaken for students transitioning from the first year of the program to a second or subsequent year.

The following VCE VET programs have been revised. Teachers need to ensure that they are aware of the changes and deliver the correct units as published on the VCE VET program webpage:

  • Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation
    Land Management
  • Applied Fashion Design and Technology
  • Applied Language
  • Automotive
  • Furnishing
  • Health
  • Hospitality
  • Information and Digital Media (now Creative and Digital Media)      
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Music Industry
  • Sport and Recreation.

A new VCE VET program has been developed in the hair and beauty industry: VCE VET Hair and Beauty. Details are available on the VCE VET Hair and Beauty page.

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Coursework Audit 2016

Results and feedback from 2016 VCE VET Coursework Audits will be sent to principals and registered training organisation (RTO) partners in February. Teachers of VCE VET programs in schools that were audited should ensure they receive the outcome of their audit from their principal. If training and assessment is conducted externally at another school within a cluster or at an RTO, schools are reminded to forward the audit results to these trainers and assessors. If audit results indicate that improvement in task design is required, teachers should attend the relevant VCE VET Scored Assessment workshop.

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Scored Assessment workshops in 2017

A series of professional development workshops for assessors of scored programs (school and RTO-based) will be held at the State Netball and Hockey Centre, Brens Drive Parkville, in March 2017. The workshops will consist of activities relating to the design and development of scored assessment tasks in each scored VCE VET program. These workshops provide opportunities for sharing and networking while preparing tasks for 2017.

A Notice to Schools with further information about the scored VCE VET program workshops and registration details will be sent to schools in February, and published on the VET Professional Development webpage. Schools are urged to pass on this information to their RTO partners. For further information, contact the VET Unit: vet.vcaa@edumail.vic.gov.au.

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Material to support scored assessment

For trainers and teachers wishing to update or review their VCE VET scored coursework tasks, please refer to the Scored Assessment for VCE VET programs webpage. Updated Assessment Plans for 2017 are now available for all scored VCE VET programs on the program-specific webpages.

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Changes to VCE VET statistical moderation for 2017

From 2017 scored VCE VET programs will be statistically moderated by the assessing group as opposed to the RTO. This assessing group may be the home school, another school/training provider through a cluster or the RTO. Schools enrolling students will be required to select an additional item (assessing group) when enrolling VET students undertaking scored assessment.

Further advice on the enrolment process on VASS will be made through future editions of the VCAA Bulletin, the VASS Bulletin Board and the VASS Forum.

If schools have fewer than five enrolments in a VCE VET scored program, they may wish to form a partnership with another school that has small enrolments but is not their RTO or cluster provider. Further advice regarding this option will be provided in upcoming editions of the VCAA Bulletin.

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VCE VET State Reviewers

Applications are invited for the vacant VCE VET State Reviewer positions for 2017 in the following program areas:

  • Engineering Studies
  • Kitchen Operations
  • Integrated Technologies.

State Reviewers can be teachers of the program at the Unit 3–4 level. This is a paid position and those appointed are required to undertake a range of activities including participating in VCAA professional development activities, assisting in VCE VET program reviews (where appropriate), providing feedback and advice to schools/RTOs, assisting in the preparation of published advice regarding scored assessment, conducting coursework audits and preparing feedback as a result of the coursework audits. For more information and to apply, please go to SSMS.

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November 2016 Statewide VET Workshops

Presentation material from the November 2016 Statewide VET Workshops is now available on the VET professional development webpage.

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Apprenticeship/traineeship flag for Block Credit (VFE) enrolments on VASS

School are reminded that where students are undertaking Block Credit (VFE) enrolments as school-based or part-time apprentices or trainees, the VASS apprenticeship/traineeship flag needs to be ticked.

School-based or part-time apprenticeships or traineeships undertaken in qualifications also offered as VCE VET programs should be enrolled in the NAP Certificate enrolments on VASS.

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High-level qualifications enrolments and credit

Schools wishing to enrol students into Certificate IV or higher qualifications are required to apply to the VET unit of the VCAA before the students commence the training. The application form and instructions are available online.

From 2017 certificates at Certificate IV or above will see credit restricted to two VCE Unit 3–4 sequences or four VCAL units.

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2017 structured workplace learning (SWL) requirements

A summary of the SWL requirements for each of the VCE VET programs is available online. It is important that schools refer to this document as it has been updated to accommodate changes to a number of VCE VET programs where work placement has been mandated.

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SWL Pilot 2017

Schools that registered their interest to participate in the SWL Pilot 2017 will have their interest acknowledged in an email early in Term 1. This will seek formal acknowledgement from the school principal that the school is willing to commit the required time to the pilot. CRT release funds will be available to cover teachers if they are required to be released from school duties.

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Industry Pathways programs in the VCE or VCAL

Schools wishing to undertake an Industry Pathways program in Building and Construction, Engineering and Manufacturing, Health and Community Services or Sport and Recreation are required to advise the VET Unit of this intention: vet.vcaa@edumail.vic.gov.au.

VCE student eligibility will be manually recorded by the VCAA. VASS enrolment advice for VCAL students will be made available to schools after they have notified the VET Unit.

More information about Industry Pathways is available on the VCAA website.

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