Achieve your Senior School Certificate with Melbourne Polytechnic. The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Foundation course will give you the basic literacy and numeracy skills needed for you to go onto further education, training or employment.
This course is an Austudy/Abstudy and Centrelink/Department of Human Services approved course for job seekers.
The course has flexible entry points.
Learn skills for the future in a dedicated Youth Unit
The VCAL Foundation program will give you supported training in literacy, numeracy and communication skills, preparing you for further study, pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships or employment.
Melbourne Polytechnic has a unique dedicated Youth Unit. Specialised teachers, with expertise in working with youth respond to the needs of individual students and courses are flexible.
All Melbourne Polytechnic students’ have access to libraries and independent learning services, in addition to passionate, experienced teachers who are there to help you learn.
Guidance for your career
Melbourne Polytechnic has strong connections with community agencies and you will have access to a Student Pathways Advisor (SPA) who will work with you one-on-one to help you reach your education goals and to advise you on future pathways.
A VCAL program must contain curriculum that can be justified against the purpose statement of each of the VCAL strands. To be awarded a Foundation VCAL, students must successfully complete a learning program, which contains a minimum of 10 credits. One credit is awarded on successful completion of 90-100 nominal hours of accredited curriculum. A certificate must contain two VCAL units at the award level (Personal Development Skills and Literacy) and other curriculum components from :
- VCAL units
- VCE units
- VET accredited curriculum or training packages
- Further Education accredited curriculum
Program to include:
- minimum of two VCAL credits, one of which one is a Foundation personal development VCAL unit
- one literacy credit (at Certificate I level)
- one numeracy credit
- one industry specific credit
- one work related skills credit
Curriculum components to the value of six credits at Certificate I level (or above).
CampusesCOMMUNITY LOCATIONS, HEIDELBERG, PRESTON
DepartmentBridging and Prep
Class Schedule: *
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM
*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor
Modes of DeliveryClassroom
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Entrance RequirementsStudents must be at least 15 years old, and have not completed Year 12. Applicants are interviewed on an ongoing basis. Enrolments area taken throughout November to January.
Assessment MethodsAssessment is on going and can occur at any time during the program. Assessment methods may include a portfolio of accumulated evidence, teacher observation and/or checklists, evidence gained through projects or program participation, awards from recognised programs, self-assessment inventories, and oral and written work.
MaterialsA materials fee applies. Students need to supply basic stationery requirements and some equipment may need to be purchased for industry specific modules.
Pathways to further studyOn completion, students may go onto further vocational training or pre-apprenticeships.
Career PathwaysStudents who successfully complete the course will be eligible to apply for a range of vocational training courses, pre-apprenticeships, traineeships or employment.
Units Of Study
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|ICAICT101A||OPERATE A COMPUTER||30|
|LIT012||LITERACY SKILLS FOUNDATION ORAL COMMUNICATION||100|
|PDS011||PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS FOUNDATION UNIT 1||100|
|VU20009||PARTICIPATE IN JOB SEEKING ACTIVITIES||50|
|VU21323||DEVELOP AND DOCUMENT A LEARNING PLAN AND PORTFOLIO||20|
|VU21325||ENGAGE WITH TEXTS OF LIMITED COMPLEXITY FOR PERSONAL PURPOSES||25|
|VU21326||ENGAGE WITH TEXTS OF LIMITED COMPLEXITY FOR LEARNING PURPOSES||25|
|VU21329||CREATE TEXTS OF LIMITED COMPLEXITY FOR PERSONAL PURPOSES||25|
|VU21330||CREATE TEXTS OF LIMITED COMPLEXITY FOR LEARNING PURPOSES||25|
|VU21333||WORK WITH A RANGE OF NUMBERS AND MONEY IN FAMILIAR AND ROUTINE SITUATIONS||30|
|VU21335||WORK WITH MEASUREMENT IN FAMILIAR AND ROUTINE SITUATIONS||30|
|VU21336||WORK WITH DESIGN AND SHAPE IN FAMILIAR AND ROUTINE SITUATIONS||30|
|WRS011||WORK RELATED SKILLS FOUNDATION UNIT 1||100|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.