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The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)—shaping young people for the real world through senior secondary schooling.

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What is VCAL?

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.

GOTAFE VCAL Student Outcomes 2015 2019

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.


You can also study a VET subject as part of your VCAL course. This allows you to pick a subject or industry you’re interested in, and get a head-start in your career by learning practical, job-ready skills.

Find out more about VET in Secondary Schools (VETDSS)

VCAL Courses at GOTAFE

VCAL - Foundation

VCAL - Intermediate

VCAL - Senior

Looking for more information?

Get in touch to find out more about studying VCAL with GOTAFE.

VCAL social enterprise project

The concept of Social Enterprise was introduced by Tash McCormick, Commercial Manager for Learning Skills & Koorie Unit. The project was in partnership with Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurs (ACRE) who took the students through the process of social enterprise, from ideas to reality.

“One of our students Jordan Wilson, from the Wiradjuri Tribe has really reveled in the challenge, designing socks with an indigenous theme that features the Goanna, his totem animal. He sold them for $12 pair with 51% profits going towards Rumbalara’s Aboriginal Homelessness Sleepout program."

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VCAL mitch seaton and Jordan Wilson