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Skills for further study senior unit

The Skills for Further Study senior unit is designed at the VCAL Senior certificate level. The unit contains six 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 Skills for Further Study Senior Curriculum Planning Guide


The curriculum for the Skills for further study senior unit is designed to enable students to develop knowledge and skills for further study. This knowledge and skills will enable them to pursue diverse and higher level education and training pathways in a range of settings. The unit focuses on developing:

  • time management skills
  • strategies for learning
  • research skills
  • a pathway plan
  • portfolios and applications.



The purpose of assessment in the VCAL is 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 Skills for further study senior unit, 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

The accreditation period 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 Skills For Further Study Senior Curriculum Planning Guide

Sample assessment task templates