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Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Senior)

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Code: VCALSEN001

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Our courses are being delivered remotely
Melbourne Polytechnic is recognised as an essential service and continues to operate. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, the way our courses are delivered will look a little different for the foreseeable period.

Most of our courses are being taught remotely with an interactive and supportive learning environment, including assessments wherever possible.

Limited activity or training which cannot be delivered entirely remotely will be delivered on campus, with strict health and safety measures in place.

Overview

Campus

Heidelberg

Duration

available full time

Duration

available full time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February

If you want to get a year 12 certificate and don't want to be in school then The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Senior at Melbourne Polytechnic is the path for you! This full time course will give you the opportunity to complete your year 12. The Senior stream gives you more future options than the Intermediate, including pathways to industry and further education.

Supported learning and friendly advice

Our VCAL Senior course is a unique offering for young people who have not finished Year 12, but want to move into further study and qualified employment. Learn in an environment that’s not like high school. You’ll improve your literacy, numeracy, personal and work skills. Careers counselling is central to this course. You’ll have friendly and approachable teachers that are experts at working with young people supporting you while you study. Our Student Pathways Advisors will help you decide which pathway you might like to do in the future. At Senior level, the course offers students a higher level of interpersonal skills, and the ability to work independently with effective decision-making and leadership skills. VCAL Senior is a year 12 equivalent.

Make a qualified choice for your future

This course is pre-vocational, 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 at Senior level, which means you’ll have a nationally recognised senior school certificate and a clear pathway to your future career. Senior VCAL graduates may even be able to transfer credits to VCE study qualifications for further study.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

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.

Pathways

Successful completion of this course will enable you to do an apprenticeship, a VET certificate and increase employability.

Akolda Bil

"It means 'future' to me. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... Studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Face-to-face
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

Assessment 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

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
BSBITU303 DESIGN AND PRODUCE TEXT DOCUMENTS Core 90
LIT032 LITERACY SKILLS SENIOR ORAL COMMUNICATION Core 100
MA101 FOUNDATION MATHS UNIT 1 Core 50
PDS031 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS SENIOR UNIT 1 Core 100
VU22435 ENGAGE WITH A RANGE OF HIGHLY COMPLEX TEXTS FOR PERSONAL PURPOSES Core 30
VU22437 ENGAGE WITH A RANGE OF HIGHLY COMPLEX TEXTS FOR EMPLOYMENT PURPOSES Core 30
VU22439 CREATE A RANGE OF HIGHLY COMPLEX TEXTS FOR PERSONAL PURPOSES Core 30
WRS031 WORK RELATED SKILLS SENIOR UNIT 1 Core 100
WRS032 WORK RELATED SKILLS SENIOR UNIT 2 Core 100

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $ 1550 $8550
Materials fee $ 50 $50
Maximum annual amenities $ 250 $250
Total payable $ 1850 $8850
Per year $0
Per semester $0

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.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

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 2019. 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.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Attend an Info Session 

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.
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Requirements

  • you 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 ongoing

Next Steps

We're excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and support you on your education journey. Your VTAC application must be made on the VTAC website (http://www.vtac.edu.au/) by selecting the the course you are interested in, and choosing Melbourne Polytechnic in your preferences. Please note if you do not intend to apply to any other institution, you may be eligible to apply directly to Melbourne Polytechnic. Please note that VTAC applications open early August and timely applications close late September. A VTAC application fee will apply and if you apply after timely applications, you may be charged with a late fee.

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