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How VET is different

Here are the top five differences between a VCE VET program and a VCE study, VCE VM study or a VPC unit.

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1. An extra qualification

You can gain a nationally recognised VET qualification while undertaking your VCE, VCE VM or VPC. You receive the VET qualification from a Registered Training Organisation, such as a TAFE.


2. Connected to the workplace

VET qualifications give you industry exposure and experience in the workplace that reinforces your skills development. This connection also makes for a smooth transition between training and work.

VET Laboratory skill students at TAFE

Laboratory Skills – The Gordon

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3. Practical

VET can strengthen your education by giving you the opportunity to gain practical skills and knowledge that complement your other studies. For example, if you want to be an engineer and you are studying VCE Physics and VCE Mathematical Methods, you can develop practical skills, technical knowledge and industry insight by doing VCE VET Engineering.

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4. Units of competency

Units of competency are the building blocks that make up a VET qualification. Each unit of competency includes specific skills and knowledge.

VET Laboratory skill students at TAFE

Laboratory Skills – The Gordon

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5. Competency based assessment

VET students are assessed as ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’ in each unit of competency. To be assessed as competent, you must show a consistent application of skills and knowledge to the standard required in the workplace.

To make sure you are ready to begin your career or continue with further study, assessments take place in a real or simulated workplace environment.


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