Concord School

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

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

Students in Senior Secondary are placed into the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning – Foundation level (VCAL) or Applied Learning Program (ALP).  These courses of study are undertaken over a two year period. Both programs are 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:

  • Certificate 1 in Horticulture
  • Certificate 2 in Sport and Recreation
  • Certificate 2 in Hospitality
  • Certificate 2 in Furniture Making

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 our workstations, 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 and the Vocational Education strand of the ALP.

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:

  • Environmental Studies
  • City Orientation Program
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Life Skills (World of Work)

The ALP also provides opportunities for students to do project-based work that incorporates learning outcomes from across the curriculum.

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