Melbourne Polytechnic’s Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Senior Course will give you the literacy and numeracy skills needed to assist you to get into mainstream study, education 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.
Get your Senior School Certificate
With your senior school certificate (Senior VCAL) you can specialise in a range of fields, such as carpentry or music or take units from business-related certificate courses.
You will learn skills in:
- work-related skills
- personal development
- reading and writing
- numeracy and maths.
Learn skills for the future in a dedicated Youth Unit
Melbourne Polytechnic’s VCAL (Senior) course will enhance your literacy, numeracy and communication skills, preparing you for further study, pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships or employment.
You will be part of Melbourne Polytechnic’s unique Youth Unit, with our expert teachers who specialise in working with young people. You will also benefit from Melbourne Polytechnic’s strong connections with community agencies.
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
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. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a work experience program during the year. Careers counselling will be an integral part of the program.
After an initial meeting, we will tailor the most suitable course and pathway for each individual student.
A VCAL program must contain curriculum that can be justified against the purpose statement of each of the VCAL strands. To be awarded a Senior 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 Senior personal development VCAL unit
- one literacy credit (at Certificate III level)
- one numeracy credit
- one industry specific credit
- one work related skills credit
Curriculum components to the value of six credits at Certificate III level (or above).
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
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Entrance RequirementsStudents must be at least 17 years old and have not completed Year 12. The VCAL (Senior) is also suitable for mature aged adults. Applicants will be interviewed and enrolments will be undertaken from November to January.
Assessment MethodsAssessment is ongoing 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 study, pre-apprenticeships or employment.
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.
|BSBITU303A||DESIGN AND PRODUCE TEXT DOCUMENTS||90|
|LIT032||LITERACY SKILLS SENIOR ORAL COMMUNICATION||100|
|MA101||FOUNDATION MATHS UNIT 1||50|
|PDS031||PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS SENIOR UNIT 1||100|
|VU21377||ENGAGE WITH A RANGE OF HIGHLY COMPLEX TEXTS FOR LEARNING PURPOSES||30|
|VU21378||ENGAGE WITH A RANGE OF HIGHLY COMPLEX TEXTS FOR EMPLOYMENT PURPOSES||30|
|VU21381||CREATE A RANGE OF HIGHLY COMPLEX TEXTS FOR LEARNING PURPOSES||30|
|WRS031||WORK RELATED SKILLS SENIOR UNIT 1||100|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.