Victorian Certificate Of Applied Learning (Senior)


Course Length

Full time:

1 Year

Contact Hours

Full time:

4 Days a week


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):



Seymour - Wallis Street

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Delivery Mode

On Campus

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

Seymour - Wallis Street

4 Days p/Week - 11 Months - Starts 29 January - 9am to 3.30pm - Full Year/2020

Shepparton - Fryers Street

4 Days p/Week - 11 Months - Starts 29 January - 9am to 3.30pm - Full Year/2020

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

Shepparton - Nixon Street

4 Days p/Week - 11 Months - Starts 29 January - 9am to 3.30pm - Full Year/2020

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

Wangaratta - Docker Street

4 Days p/Week - 11 Months - Starts 29 January - 9am to 3.30pm - Full Year/2020

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

Fee Information

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

Entry Requirements

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

Course Study Units

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
BSBCMM201 - Communicate in the workplace
BSBITU211 - Produce digital text documents
BSBITU313 - Design and produce digital text documents
BSBWHS201 - Contribute to health and safety of self and others
BSBWOR201 - Manage personal stress in the workplace
BSBWOR203 - Work effectively with others
BSBWOR301 - Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCCOM002 - Use communication to build relationships
CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
CHCVOL001 - Be an effective volunteer
CUADRA201 - Develop drawing skills
CUAPPR201 - Make simple creative work
CUAPPR304 - Participate in collaborative creative projects
HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
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

Assessment methods may include:

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

Course Co-ordinator

Mitch Seaton & Tracey Wearne
Campus: Wangaratta

Jodi Rechsteiner-Sanders & Brendan Paterson
Campus: Seymour

Col Potter & Bronwyn Cairns
Campus: Shepparton

Ben Clifton
The Academy

Attendance & Commitment

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.

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

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.

Student Support

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

Learner's Rights

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

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.