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Advanced numeracy skills senior unit

The Advanced numeracy skills senior unit is designed at the VCAL Senior certificate level. The unit contains five learning outcomes.

VCAL qualification and strand requirements

Refer to the following resources for information on VCAL qualification and strand requirements.

VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook

VCAL Literacy and Numeracy Skills Strand Curriculum Planning Guide (docx - 161.2kb)


The curriculum for the Advanced numeracy skills senior unit is designed to further develop student knowledge and skills of fundamental areas of mathematics. The mathematics include numerical calculations and formulae, analysis, algebraic techniques and problem-solving strategies. At the end of the unit, students will be able to confidently apply mathematics with a level of sophistication in a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) situations.


Assessment in the VCAL is designed to assess a student’s achievement of a learning outcome by collecting evidence about their performance, and making a judgment about whether they have met the requirements of that learning outcome. These requirements are clearly outlined in the elements of each learning outcome.

Students must be observed to demonstrate achievement on more than one occasion and in different contexts to make sure the assessment is consistent, reliable, fair and equitable.

Teachers should use a variety of learning activities and assessment tasks that provide a range of opportunities for students to demonstrate each learning outcome.

A range of evidence can be used to demonstrate that a student has achieved the learning outcomes. This includes, but is not limited to, direct observation, written work, oral presentations, object production and project implementation.

Suitable tasks for assessment can be found in the corresponding advice for teachers.

An assessment task used to demonstrate achievement of one or multiple learning outcomes in one VCAL unit cannot be used to demonstrate achievement in any other VCAL unit, VET unit of competency or VCE study.

Satisfactory completion

To be credited with the Advanced numeracy skills senior unit, students must demonstrate achievement in all five learning outcomes. Not all elements need to be met in the one assessment task. Elements for one learning outcome can be met in an assessment task individually or by being integrated with learning outcomes in other strands.

Accreditation period

Accreditation expires on 31 December 2022.

Support material

VCAL Literacy and Numeracy Skills Strand Curriculum Planning Guide

Curriculum Planning Guide-Numeracy Skills Units Only

VCAL Numeracy Skills Units Advice for Teachers