Concord School

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

The educational program for students in Secondary 11/12 promotes adult standards of behaviour based on cooperation, independence and self-discipline.

Students in Secondary 11/12 are studying the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning – Foundation level.  This course is undertaken over a two year period. This program is competency based and students are required to demonstrate skill acquisition and understanding through functional application both at school and in the community. Decisions on the structure of a students’ program are based on individual needs, academic assessments and the considered view of teaching and Allied Health staff based on their knowledge of students and prospective programs.

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning – Foundation level (VCAL)

The four strands of VCAL are:

  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • Personal Development (Units 1 and 2)
  • Work Related Skills (Units 1 and 2)
  • Industry Specific Skills

At Concord School, VCAL students can work towards gaining the following qualifications:

  • Employability Skills
  • Certificate I in Horticulture
  • Certificate I in Business Administration
  • Certificate II in Sport and Recreation
  • Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
  • Certificate II in Construction
  • Certificate II in Retail Beauty
  • Certificate II in Automotive Studies
  • Certificate II in Salon Assistant

These qualifications are delivered both on and off campus and two of these options must be undertaken as part of the VCAL.

Vocational Skills

The Year 11-12 programs also assist students in developing work and vocational skills. This is achieved through participation in applied work placements, careers elective and our community-based volunteer programs. Many students also have access to supported or independent work placements as part of the Work Related Skills strand of VCAL.

Integrated Studies

In VCAL, students are expected to undertake studies within the Integrated Units. While these units of study have their basis in the Personal Development strand of VCAL, they incorporate many learning outcomes from the other strands.

Students are offered a rich variety of activities within the following programs:

  • Recreation, Social and Environmental Studies
  • Industry Exploration
  • Pathways Planning
  • Event Management
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