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Q. Does ECG Secondary College accept students who have left other schools?

Absolutely! In fact, we specialise in this. We understand that a mainstream school environment isn’t a great fit for everyone. That’s why we offer an alternative.

Many students who come to ECG Secondary College after struggling at another school tell us that they ‘finally feel at home’ in the classroom. We never get tired of hearing that.

Q. How big is ECG Secondary College?

Our school has three campuses and offers Foundation, Intermediate and Senior levels. However, our classes are generally pretty small. On average, our classes have about half the number of students you would expect to find in a standard classroom.

Smaller classes mean that each of our students gets more one-on-one attention and assistance.

Learning in a small, close-knit group is ideal for students who feel anxious in large school settings. It is also a great fit for students who need extra time and support to master new concepts.

Q. Is ECG Secondary College a ‘real’ school?

Absolutely! ECG is a registered secondary school. Our teachers are fully qualified secondary school educators.

Our students complete the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), a nationally recognised qualification that is equivalent to the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).

The main difference between ECG Secondary College and a mainstream secondary school is that our subjects are taught as much as possible by hands-on experience, learning by doing rather than by theory.

Q. What can I do after I graduate?

VCAL opens the door to a huge range of opportunities.

At the end of the course, our students have practical, work-related experience, as well as a formal qualification to help them find a job, start an apprenticeship, begin a traineeship, or go on to further study.

Q. What does ‘ECG’ stand for?

ECG stands for Education Centre Gippsland. The name comes from a time when multiple education providers united to provide hands-on learning opportunities across the Gippsland region.

Today, ‘ECG Secondary College’ or ‘Education Centre Gippsland College’ is used to describe the secondary school part of our organisation. The training and further education part of our organisation comes under the ‘Community College Gippsland’ banner.

Q. What is VCAL?

VCAL stands for ‘Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning’. It is a secondary school certificate that is equivalent to the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). The biggest difference between the two is that VCAL involves a lot of hands-on learning.

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