Do you want to learn a trade, but you don’t know which one? Try out different trades with The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Ticket to a Trade.
Find your future in the trades
This course is for young people who did not finish Year 12, but want to improve their basic literacy, numeracy, personal, and work skills.
While you improve these skills, you will also take part in taster classes in building and construction trades. These classes will help you choose your future career.
At the end of this course, you will graduate with a VCAL at Foundation level. The VCAL is a nationally recognised senior school certificate.
Plan for your future
This course is an opportunity for you to re-enter education. As you try different trades, our Student Pathways Advisors (SPAs) will help you plan for your future and decide which trade you would like to continue learning.
Careers counselling is a central part of this course. You can feel supported by our friendly and approachable teachers who are experts at working with young people. You will also find support from our strong connections with community agencies.
This is a pre-vocational course. It will help you to make better choices about your future study or job.
To be awarded a Foundation 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 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).
DepartmentBridging and Prep
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. 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.
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.
Entrance RequirementsYou must be over 15 years of age and have not completed Year 12. Selection is by interview.
Pathways to further studySuccessful completion of this course will enable you to go into VCAL Intermediate, a pre-apprenticeship, an apprenticeship, a VET certificate or employment.
Career PathwaysThis course is the first step towards further study and better employment prospects.
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.
|LIT012||LITERACY SKILLS FOUNDATION ORAL COMMUNICATION||100|
|PDS012||PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS FOUNDATION UNIT 2||100|
|VU20971||CARPENTRY HAND TOOLS||80|
|VU21323||DEVELOP AND DOCUMENT A LEARNING PLAN AND PORTFOLIO||20|
|VU21326||ENGAGE WITH TEXTS OF LIMITED COMPLEXITY FOR LEARNING PURPOSES||25|
|VU21328||ENGAGE WITH TEXTS OF LIMITED COMPLEXITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMMUNITY||25|
|VU21330||CREATE TEXTS OF LIMITED COMPLEXITY FOR LEARNING PURPOSES||25|
|VU21332||CREATE TEXTS OF LIMITED COMPLEXITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMMUNITY||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|
|VU21363||INVESTIGATE AND INTERPRET SHAPES AND MEASUREMENTS AND RELATED FORMULAE IN A RANGE OF CONTEXTS||50|
|VU21365||INVESTIGATE & USE SIMPLE MATHEMATICAL FORMULAE & PROBLEM SOLVING TECHNIQUES IN A RANGE OF CONTEXTS||50|
|WRS011||WORK RELATED SKILLS FOUNDATION UNIT 1||100|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.