Victorian Certificate Of Applied Learning (Senior)

Course Code VCALSEN001
Campus Seymour - Wallis Street, Shepparton - Fryers Street, Shepparton - Nixon Street, Wangaratta - Docker Street
Duration 1000 hours

Course Overview

Looking for an alternative to studying VCE in years 11 and 12 at Secondary School? Not sure Uni is the next step for you? Then the hands-on VCAL is the right fit. Focus on studying what you’re interested in.

Our experienced VCAL teachers support you, strengthening your literacy and numeracy and work-ready skills. Learn to work in a team, solve problems and show initiative. Apply what you learn directly to your workplace.

Don’t worry, VCAL doesn’t mean you can’t go to university. You’ll still gain qualifications that lead you directly to work, and university later if that’s the pathway you choose.

At the senior level the focus is on knowledge and employability skills that lead to a high level of interpersonal skills, independent action and achievement of tasks that require decision making and leadership. This provides an opportunities to demonstrate knowledge and skills which apply directly to the workplace or further study. Senior students are expected to work independently and also take on leadership roles within VCAL activities and projects and make positive contributions to the community.

This course is delivered on campus. You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The VCAL is designed to develop and extend pathways for young people, as an alternative to the Senior secondary school qualification. On completion of a VCAL, students will be able to make informed choices about employment or education pathways.

Further studies
After successful completion of this course students may wish to progress onto other TAFE or university study (if applicable).

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Seymour – Wallis Street Starts Mon 28th Jan, 4 Days a week, 9am to 3.30pm / 2019
Shepparton – Fryers Street Starts Mon 28th Jan, 4 Days a week, 9am to 3.30pm / 2019
Shepparton – Nixon Street ASHE Students Only, Starts Mon 28th Jan, 4 Days a week, 9am to 3.30pm / 2019
Wangaratta – Docker Street Starts Mon 28th Jan, 4 Days a week, 9am to 3.30pm / 2019

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Course Co-ordinator

The Academy – Andrew Sturgess and Ben Clifton
Wangaratta – Mitch Seaton and Tracey Wearne
Seymour- Jodi Rechsteiner-Sanders and Craig Mercuri
Shepparton – Col Potter

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 1,000 $2.00 $2,400.00 $7.00 $7,500.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 1,000 TBA $480.00 $7.00 $7,500.00
Full Fee 1,000 $2.00 $2,400.00 N/A N/A

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

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Attend an interview
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course

The following is considered for entry to this course:

  • strengths and interests
  • preferred learning style
  • vocational goals
  • readiness for participation in structured workplace learning or formal vocational education
  • envisaged pathways
  • leadership capabilities
Units of Competency

VCALSEN001 – Core Units

LIT032 – Literacy Skills Senior Oral Communication
LIT031 – Literacy Skills Senior Reading and Writing
NUM031 – Numeracy Skills Senior
PDS031 – Personal Development Skills Unit 1 (Senior)
PDS032 – Personal Development Skills Unit 2 (Senior)
WRS031 – Work Related Skills Unit 1 (Senior)
WRS032 – Work Related Skills Unit 2 (Senior)

VCALSEN001 – Elective Units

CHCVOL001 – Be an effective volunteer
FNSFLT301 – Be MoneySmart
BSBCMM201 – Communicate in the workplace
SISSSPT303A – Conduct basic warm-up and cool-down programs
BSBWHS201 – Contribute to health and safety of self and others
SISSCOP309A – Design an athlete’s diet
BSBITU313 – Design and produce digital text documents
BSBITU303 – Design and produce text documents
FNSFLT201 – Develop and use a personal budget
CUADRA201 – Develop drawing skills
BSBDES301 – Explore the use of colour
SISXCAI006 – Facilitate groups
BSBDES201 – Follow a design process
SITTGDE001 – Interpret aspects of local Australian Indigenous culture
VU22429 – Investigate features of Australian culture
CUAPPR201 – Make simple creative work
BSBWOR201 – Manage personal stress in the workplace
NUM021 – Numeracy Skills Intermediate
BSBWOR301 – Organise personal work priorities and development
CUAPPR304 – Participate in collaborative creative projects
SISSAFL203A – Participate In Conditioning For Australian Football
FNSACC313 – Perform financial calculations
SISSAFL304A – Perform The Advanced Skills Of Australian Football
SISSAFL305A – Perform The Advanced Tactics Of Australian Football
SISSAFL201A – Perform The Intermediate Skills Of Australian Football
SISSAFL202A – Perform The Intermediate Tactics Of Australian Football
SITHFAB005 – Prepare and serve espresso coffee
CUAPPR301 – Produce creative work
BSBITU309 – Produce desktop published documents
CUAACD301 – Produce drawings to communicate ideas
BSBITU201 – Produce simple word processed documents
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
SITHFAB002 – Provide responsible service of alcohol
SITTGDE007 – Research and share general information on Australian Indigenous cultures
ICPPRP221 – Select and apply type
SISSAFL406A – Teach the intermediate skills of Australian Football
SISSAFL407A – Teach The Intermediate Tactics Of Australian Football
CHCCOM002 – Use communication to build relationships
SITXFSA001 – Use hygienic practices for food safety
BSBWOR203 – Work effectively with others
CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Interview records
  • audio/visual records
  • student portfolios
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.