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Personal development skills unit 1

Personal development skills unit 1 is designed at the VCAL Foundation, Intermediate and Senior certificate levels. 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 Personal Development Skills Strand Curriculum Planning Guide



The curriculum for the personal development skills units is designed to develop knowledge, skills and attributes that lead towards:

  • the development of self
  • social responsibility
  • building community
  • civic and civil responsibility, for example through volunteering and working for the benefit of others
  • improved self-confidence and self-esteem
  • valuing civic participation in a democratic society.

Unit 1 focuses on the development of appropriate knowledge, skills and attributes in relation to:

  • the self
  • personal organisation and planning skills
  • problem solving and interpersonal skills.

This can be achieved through participation in activities related to the self including health and wellbeing and educational, social or family experiences of a practical nature.



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 a Personal development skills unit 1, students must demonstrate achievement in all learning outcomes. All elements in a learning outcome must be met in the one task for students to demonstrate achievement in that outcome.

Accreditation period

Accreditation expires on 31 December 2019.

Revised curriculum for 2020 is currently undergoing approval and accreditation is expected shortly.  A Notice to Schools will be issued as soon as the curriculum is available.

Support material

VCAL Personal Development Skills Strand Curriculum Planning Guide

Sample assessment task templates