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Victorian Certificate Of Applied Learning (Senior)

VCALSEN001

Victorian Certificate Of Applied Learning (Senior) VCALSEN001

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.

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 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.

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.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

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

After successful completion of this course students may wish to progress onto other TAFE or university study.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

On Campus - Open from 01/02/2021 - Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 4 days - 9am to 3pm/2021

VCAL - GOTAFE - Open from 07/02 - Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri - 9am - 3.15pm / 2022

Shepparton - Nixon Street

On Campus - Open from 01/02/2021 - Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 4 days - 9am to 3pm/2021

ASHE - Open from 7th February - Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri - 9am - 3.15pm / 2022

Wangaratta - Docker Street

On Campus - Open from 01/02/2021 - Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 4 days - 9am to 3pm/2021

VCAL - GOTAFE - Open from 07/02 - Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri - 9am - 3.15pm / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
$2,520.00
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
$500.00
3. Full Fee
$10,000.00
Course Materials
$150.00
Student Services Fees (per year)
$70.00

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 2021 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.

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
Core Units
LIT031
Literacy Skills Senior Reading and Writing
LIT032
Literacy Skills Senior Oral Communication
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)
Elective Units
CHCCOM002
Use communication to build relationships
CHCDIV001
Work with diverse people
CHCVOL001
Be an effective volunteer
NUM021
Numeracy Skills Intermediate
SISSAFL002
Participate in Australian football at an advanced level
SISSPAR002
Participate in sport at an advanced level
SISSPAR003
Follow specialist dietary advice
SISSPAR009
Participate in conditioning for sport
SISSSCO001
Conduct sport coaching sessions with foundation level participants
SISXCAI004
Plan and conduct programs
SISXCAI006
Facilitate groups
SISXRES002
Educate user groups
SITHFAB002
Provide responsible service of alcohol
SITHFAB005
Prepare and serve espresso coffee
SITTGDE001
Interpret aspects of local Australian Indigenous culture
SITTGDE007
Research and share general information on Australian Indigenous cultures
SITXFSA001
Use hygienic practices for food safety
VU22429
Investigate features of Australian culture

Assessment methods may include:

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

Mitch Seaton & Tracey Wearne
Campus: Wangaratta

Jodi Rechsteiner-Sanders & Brendan Paterson
Campus: Seymour

Col Potter & Bronwyn Cairns
Campus: Shepparton

Ben Clifton
The Academy

It is important that you commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments you may need to complete outside of your normal training sessions.

You are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in webinars, excursions or other organised activities.

Students are enrolled full-time and attend campus 4 days per week with at least 80% attendance for the year.

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.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

Learn more about our learning support services

Library

Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

Find how to reach out to our library in Shepparton

Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

Reach out to our Skills and Jobs Centres

Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

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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