VET in the VCE and VCAL
Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the VCE or VCAL allows students to include VET within their senior secondary certificate. Students undertake nationally recognised training that contributes to their VCE or VCAL.
An overview of VET in the VCE and VCAL
The following publications have been produced by the VCAA to provide an overview of VET in the VCE and VCAL:
VET credit in the VCE and VCAL
Students can gain credit into their Victorian senior secondary certificate through undertaking VET in the following ways:
Students gain credit into their VCE by undertaking:
VCE VET programs that have been developed by the VCAA in consultation with stakeholders including industry. Information regarding the VCE credit available in each VCE VET program is published on the individual VCE VET program pages on this website.
- approved apprenticeships and traineeships that are in the same industry areas as designated VCE VET programs
- other VET qualifications, which provide credit into the VCE through block credit recognition.
Students gain credit into their VCAL through undertaking VET as follows:
- 90 nominal hours-worth of completed units of competency/modules from a certificate I qualification will provide on credit towards a Foundation or Intermediate VCAL program
- 90 nominal hours-worth of completed units of competency/modules from a certificate II qualification or higher will provide one credit towards a Foundation, Intermediate or Senior VCAL program.
The benefits of undertaking VET as part of the VCE or VCAL
Schools are able to offer senior secondary students VET qualifications selected from the range of industry areas approved by the VCAA.
Successful completion of VET in a senior secondary program can provide students with:
- a VCE and/or VCAL certificate issued by the VCAA, and a VET certificate issued by a registered training organisation (RTO)
- two statements of results issued by the VCAA giving details of units completed in the VCE and units of competency/modules completed in the VET qualification
- an enhanced ATAR which can improve access to further education
- pathways into employment and/or further VET qualifications or training
- workplace experience gained through structured workplace learning.
Students value VET because it:
- allows them to combine general and vocational studies which for many, provides a practical focus in a range of industry areas
- provides direct experience of business and industry
- enables them to explore training in areas that will enhance their pathway choices.
Employers value VET because it:
- contributes to the development of entry level skills for their industry
- provides students with a practical and focused introduction to workplace requirements
- enhances the employability of students
- enables industry to contribute to educational programs in schools
- enables industry to participate in local community networks.