Are you a young person interested in the trades but not sure which one? Melbourne Polytechnic’s Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Ticket to a Trade Senior program is six month course designed to give you the opportunity to find out what trade you might like to undertake in the future.
Determine your future in the trades
The VCAL is an accredited senior school completion certificate, and completion of this course will earn you the VCAL at Senior level.
The VCAL Ticket to a Trade program is for young learners who have not completed Year 12 and wish to develop their literacy, numeracy, personal and work related skills while experiencing different trades. Students participate in taster sessions in the building and construction departments. This will help you make informed choices about your future study path.
VCAL Ticket to a Trade can also be undertaken at Foundation or Intermediate levels.
Guidance for your career
VCAL will provide you with an opportunity to reengage with education. You will have access to a Student Pathways Advisor (SPA) and take part in trade workshops to help you decide which trade you would like to undertake in the future. Careers counselling will be an integral part of the program. Benefit from our expert teachers who specialise in working with young people and take full advantage of our strong connections with community agencies.
To be awarded a Senior VCAL, you must 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).
This is a pre-vocational course of study that will enable you to make more informed choices about your pathway for either further study or employment.
DepartmentBridging and Prep
Course duration consists of one semester VCAL, one semester pre-apprenticeship.
Modes of DeliveryClassroom
The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250
Assessment MethodsAssessment is ongoing and can occur at any time during the program. 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.
MaterialsYou will need to supply basic stationery requirements and some equipment may need to be purchased for industry specific modules. You will need to buy work boots and work pants.
- you must be at least 15 years old and have not completed Year 12
- applicants will be interviewed through October and November, with enrolment through December
Pathways to further studySuccessful completion of this course will enable you to do an apprenticeship, a VET certificate and increase employability
Career PathwaysThis is a pre-vocational course of study that will enable you to make more informed choices about your pathway for either further study 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.
|NUM031||NUMERACY SKILLS SENIOR||100|
|PDS032||PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS SENIOR UNIT 2||100|
|VU20955||WORKPLACE SAFETY AND SITE INDUCTION||34|
|VU20971||CARPENTRY HAND TOOLS||80|
|VU21375||EVALUATE PATHWAY OPTIONS, DESIGN A LEARNING PLAN AND COMPILE A PORTFOLIO||30|
|VU21377||ENGAGE WITH A RANGE OF HIGHLY COMPLEX TEXTS FOR LEARNING PURPOSES||30|
|VU21379||ENGAGE WITH A RANGE OF HIGHLY COMPLEX TEXTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMMUNITY||30|
|VU21382||CREATE A RANGE OF HIGHLY COMPLEX TEXTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMMUNITY||30|
|WRS031||WORK RELATED SKILLS SENIOR UNIT 1||100|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.