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VCE VET Laboratory Skills

The VCE VET Laboratory Skills program is drawn from a national training package and offers a portable qualification which is recognised throughout Australia. This qualification provides students with a broad range of skills and knowledge to pursue a career or further training in a wide range of enterprises and industry sectors such as process manufacturing, food and beverage processing, biotechnology, biomedical research, pathology testing, mining, chemical, forensic, environmental analysis and education.

Scored assessment is available for the Scored Units 3 and 4 sequence of the VCE VET Laboratory Skills program.

Qualification

MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills: Certificate III in Laboratory Skills provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills associated with the day-to-day operation of a laboratory and associated technical tasks such as sampling and testing. Units 1 and 2 of the program include recording and presenting data, planning and conducting laboratory/field work, maintaining the laboratory fit for purpose, with electives such as performing basic tests and assisting with fieldwork included. Units 3 and 4 offer scored assessment and incorporate units such as performing aseptic techniques, contributing to the achievement of quality objectives, preparing working solutions and performing microscopic examinations.

Credit in the VCE or VCAL: recognition of up to four VCE VET units at Units 1 and 2 level, and a VCE VET Units 3 and 4 sequence.

Note: The Units 3 and 4 sequence of VCE VET Laboratory Skills is not designed as a stand-alone study. Students are strongly advised against undertaking the Units 3 and 4 sequence without first completing Units 1 and 2.

Program material

The VCE VET Laboratory Skills program booklet contains information relating to the qualification approved by the VCAA for delivery to VCE or VCAL students.

It includes advice on the units of competency making up the program and the credit available for VCE and VCAL students.

It also provides advice on Structured Workplace Learning, the ATAR contribution and Pathways to further learning.

The 2022 VCE VET Laboratory Skills program booklet will be available shortly.

View 2022 VCE VET Laboratory Skills program booklet (docx - 124.53kb).

The program booklet should be read in conjunction with the MSL Training Package.

Scored assessment

Scored assessment is available for MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills.

Students wishing to receive an ATAR contribution for VCE VET Laboratory Skills must undertake scored assessment. This consists of three coursework tasks, worth 66% of the overall study score, and an end-of-year examination which is worth 34% of the overall study score.

Scored assessment is based on the Scored Units 3 and 4 sequence of VCE VET Laboratory Skills.

The Scored Units 3 and 4 sequence of the VCE VET Laboratory Skills program must be delivered and assessed in a single enrolment year.

Materials for scored assessment

VCE VET Scored Assessment Guide (pdf - 8.01mb)

VCE VET Laboratory Skills Assessment Plan Template and Sample will be published shortly

VCE VET scoring criteria sheets (doc - 164.5kb)

Assessment templates for task types: Portfolio (docx - 82.43kb), Product (docx - 78.66kb), Work Performance (docx - 74.19kb), Industry Project (docx - 68.34kb)

Task type overview (pdf - 1.19mb)

Examination specifications, past examinations and reports

View VCE VET Laboratory Skills examination specifications, past examinations and reports.

Structured workplace learning recognition

The VCAA provides recognition for Structured Workplace Learning for students undertaking VCE VET programs.

A Workplace Learning Record booklet for VCE VET Laboratory Skills is available.

View MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills workplace learning record booklet (docx - 2.05mb).

ATAR contribution

Students wishing to receive an ATAR contribution for the VCE VET Laboratory Skills program Units 3 and 4 sequence must undertake scored assessment for the purpose of achieving a study score. This study score can contribute directly to the ATAR, either as one of the student's best four studies (the primary four) or as a fifth or sixth study increment.

Where a student elects not to receive a study score no contribution to the ATAR will be available.

The increment is awarded by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Further information can be found on the VTAC website:

Where a VCE VET Program Scored Units 3 and 4 sequence is used as an increment, the increment will be calculated using 10% of the scaled score.

VCE VET Laboratory Skills State Reviewer

VCE VET state reviewers are appointed for scored VCE VET programs.

Jenni Howard - Bairnsdale Secondary College

email: Jennifer.Howard@education.vic.gov.au