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Victorian Certificate Of Applied Learning (Foundation)


Victorian Certificate Of Applied Learning (Foundation) – VCALFND001

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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

Career Pathways

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 Study

On completion of a VCAL, students will be able to make informed choices about employment or education pathways

After successful completion of this course you may wish to pursue further training and complete the VCAL Intermediate course or progress onto other TAFE or university study.

Course Dates & Times

Seymour - Wallis Street

Public - 4 Days per week, starts 28 January - 9:00am to 3:30pm / 2020

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Public - 4 Days per week, starts 28 January - 9:00am to 3:30pm / 2020

Shepparton - Nixon Street

Public - 4 Days per week, starts 28 January - 9:00am to 3:30pm / 2020

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Public - 4 Days per week, starts 28 January - 9:00am to 3:30pm / 2020

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2020 and may change without notice.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Additional interviews with the VET (TEC) coordinators may also be undertaken for their VET Industry specific skills units
Core Units
Literacy Skills Foundation Reading And Writing
Literacy Skills Foundation Oral Communication
Numeracy Skills Foundation
Personal Development Skills Unit 1 (Foundation)
Personal Development Skills Unit 2 (Foundation)
Work Related Skills Unit 1 (Foundation)
Work Related Skills Unit 2 (Foundation)
Elective Units
Communicate in the workplace
Operate a personal digital device
Produce digital text documents
Contribute to health and safety of self and others
Manage personal stress in the workplace
Organise and complete daily work activities
Work effectively with others
Use communication to build relationships
Communicate and work in health or community services
Work with diverse people
Be an effective volunteer
Develop understanding of own Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity
Develop drawing skills
Make simple creative work
Develop printmaking skills
Provide first aid
Use, communicate and search securely on the internet
Operate presentation packages
Assist with activity sessions
Prepare and present simple dishes
Provide responsible service of alcohol
Prepare and serve espresso coffee
Use hygienic practices for food safety
Investigate features of Australian culture

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written texts
  • Verbal and written questions
  • Interview records
  • Audio/visual records
  • Portfolios

Individual students are enrolled in units based on need and previous VCAL and VET units completed.

Mitch Seaton & Tracey Wearne
Campus: Wangratta

Jodi Rechsteiner-Sanders & Craig Mercuri
Campus: Seymour

Col Potter & Bronwyn Cairns
Campus: Shepparton

Ben Clifton & Andrew Sturgess
The Academy

Phil Guthrie

On Campus full time students attend 4 days per week with at least 80% attendance for the year.

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 submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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.

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.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

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

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

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.

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