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The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) — shaping you for the real world.

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High school or VCE not your thing?

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a hands-on, practical alternative qualification to VCE (Year 11 and 12). As a VCAL student, you'll take courses in the industries and subjects that interest you, while strengthening your literacy and numeracy skills to help you succeed in the workforce.

VCAL courses are focused on real-life outcomes, so whether you're already working part-time, or want to build practical skills to prepare you for a career in industry, you can earn credits for the work you're doing both inside and outside the classroom.

We encourage all our VCAL students to take charge of their own learning. VCAL courses are self-directed and allows you to structure your course to suit your own life goals and pathways.

Our VCAL courses are available at Shepparton, Seymour, and Wangaratta, with classes running from 9am-3:30pm, four days a week—giving you plenty of opportunity to apply and practice your skills at work or in a volunteer environment.

How long is a VCAL course?

Each of the three VCAL courses takes a minimum of one year to complete, and is typically made up of a mix of class time and independent learning. However, your hours may vary depending on your specific study plan and subjects.


Get a career headstart while doing VCAL. Studying a VET subject as part of your VCAL course allows you to pick a subject or industry you’re interested in, and prepares you for real-world scenarios by learning practical, job-ready skills.

Find out more about VET in Secondary Schools (VETDSS)

Looking for more information?

It isn’t always easy trying to decide what your education looks like. As a student, or a parent or guardian, you might have lots of questions. We have a dedicated Youth Engagement team who can discuss your options in more detail.