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VCAL in Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Foundation)

Code: VCALFND001

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Overview

Campus

Heidelberg

Duration

available full time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Melbourne Polytechnic’s VCAL Foundation VCALFND001 program is an accredited secondary certificate that includes industry specific training. This program offers an accredited pathway into VCAL Intermediate and a full or partial completion of a VET course.

The four-day program includes 3 days of the VCAL program and 1 day per week of industry specific training. If you’re still at school, or even if you have left, and if you’re older than 15 years old, this course is a great way to broaden your options for further study or work.

You’ll receive supported training in literacy, numeracy and communication skills, work-related experiences and personal development skills. This qualification will prepare you for further study, pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships or employment.

Get qualified for the future

VCAL is a pathway to Technical and Further Education (TAFE), university, apprenticeships/traineeships or employment. This course includes industry skills training which means it will teach you the skills to make informed choices about your pathway for either further study or future employment. You’ll graduate from this course with a VCAL Foundation Certificate, and a full or partial vocational certificate.

Students will choose industry skills training from one of the courses listed below.

  • Certificate II in Agriculture AHC20116
  • Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance HLT33015 (partial)
  • Certificate II in Animal Studies ACM20117
  • Certificate II in Building and Construction 22338VIC (Carpentry)
  • Certificate II in Building and Construction 22338VIC (Painting and Decorating)
  • Certificate II in Computer Assembly and Repair UEE20511
  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education CHC30113 (partial)
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Pre-vocational) 22499VIC
  • Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways MSF20516
  • Certificate II in Horticulture AHC20416
  • Certificate II in Hospitality SIT20316
  • Certificate II in Kitchen Operations SIT20416
  • Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) 22569VIC

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

You will have access to a Student Pathways Advisors (SPA) who will work with you one-on-one to help you reach your education goals and to advise you on future pathways.

Pathways

You can continue on to an Intermediate VCAL course or Certificate I or Certificate II courses.

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Blended learning
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

written, observation checklists, portfolio

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
LIT012 LITERACY SKILLS FOUNDATION ORAL COMMUNICATION Elective 100
NUM011 VCAL FOUNDATION NUMERACY Elective 100
PDS011 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS FOUNDATION UNIT 1 Core 100
PDS012 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS UNIT 2 Core 100
VU22386 ENGAGE WITH TEXTS OF LIMITED COMPLEXITY FOR PERSONAL PURPOSES Elective 25
VU22387 ENGAGE WITH TEXTS OF LIMITED COMPLEXITY FOR LEARNING PURPOSES Elective 25
VU22388 ENGAGE WITH TEXTS OF LIMITED COMPLEXITY FOR EMPLOYMENT PURPOSES Elective 25
VU22389 ENGAGE WITH TEXTS OF LIMITED COMPLEXITY FOR LEARNING PURPOSES Elective 25
VU22391 CREATE TEXTS OF LIMITED COMPLEXITY FOR PERSONAL PURPOSES Elective 25
VU22393 CREATE TEXTS OF LIMITED COMPLEXITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORKPLACE Elective 25
VU22394 CREATE TEXTS OF LIMITED COMPLEXITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMMUNITY Elective 25
VU22395 WORK WITH A RANGE OF NUMBERS AND MONEY IN FAMILIAR AND ROUTINE SITUATIONS Elective 30
VU22397 WORK WITH MEASUREMENT IN FAMILIAR AND ROUTINE SITUATIONS Elective 30
VU22399 WORK WITH DESIGN AND SHAPE IN FAMILIAR AND ROUTINE SITUATIONS Elective 30
WRS011 WORK RELATED SKILLS FOUNDATION UNIT 1 Elective 100
WRS011 WORK RELATED SKILLS FOUNDATION UNIT 1 Elective 100

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Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $583 $2915 $12465
Materials fee $50 $50 $50
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $808 $3215 $12765
Per year $
Per semester $

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Please note:

Fees vary depending on which certificate or partial qualification training you choose. The above fees reflect the most expensive option.

Contact us or apply now for course-specific fee information.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

Stationery items to be purchased by student.

Course Fees

Fees vary depending on which certificate or partial qualification training you choose. The above fees reflect the most expensive option.

Contact us or apply now for course-specific fee information.

Requirements

  • you must be at least 17 years old and have not completed Year 12
  • applicants will be interviewed

Next Steps

We're excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and support you on your education journey.

For more information about the VCAL Pathway program, register here to attend an online information session.

All prospective students are required to complete an online application form, complete an online Literacy and Numeracy assessment and attend an informal interview. This gives students an opportunity to discuss any additional requirements that may be needed to support them in their studies and ensures students are placed in the most appropriate class.

All future students who have submitted an application will be contacted via email to schedule the interview with VCAL staff.

Students under 17 who have not completed year 10 will be required to get a School Exit Letter from their school or apply for a Regional Exemption Letter and provide this to complete the enrolment.

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