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At ECG Secondary College, we currently deliver the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). It is a fully accredited senior school certificate, ideal for young people who are looking for a practical, hands-on learning alternative to a VCE qualification.

From 2023, ECG Secondary College will provide two new streams of study – the VCE Vocational Major (VM) and the Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC). You can learn more about this new curriculum below.

Who is our school suited to?

ECG Secondary College is ideal for young people aged 15 to 20 who would like to prepare for work, an apprenticeship, a traineeship or further training in a subject they are passionate about.

We offer students more one-on-one time and support than you typically find in a mainstream classroom. That makes learning at our learning environment a great option for young people who have found school challenging in the past.

Is the experience the same for everyone?

One of the best things about our school is that learning is tailored to the needs of our students.

We listen to what motivates them to learn and what goals they need to achieve to get the best out of life and work. Then, we create a roadmap to get them there. Together.

Whether the end goal is to be a child-care worker, a carpenter or even an alpaca shearer, ECG Secondary College can help pave the way.

Are there different study options?

Yes.

Our staff work with new students to explore the options and determine the best fit for them.

Come and see us to chat about your options.

The future
looks bright

ECG Secondary College opens doors

Our school can open doors to a huge range of employment and further education opportunities.

Students are supported to develop well-rounded personal skills, practical industry skills, resume-worthy industry experiences and qualifications that are recognised by education providers and employers.

We encourage our students to build employment skills with opportunities to participate in VDSS programs. Options include beauty, business, community services, hairdressing, horticulture and more.

This helps our students discover their natural strengths, learn what they enjoy and start building a skill set that employers value.

Can I still go to uni?

Uni is definitely an option for many subjects however many of our students prefer the hands-on, practical learning style offered by training providers such as CCG.

The Mitchell Paper*, published in 2018, found that 59.9% of all university offers were made to students without an ATAR score in 2017. That includes VCAL graduates.

*The Mitchell Paper (2018), Exploring the use and usefulness of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

two study
streams

From 2023, ECG Secondary College will offer students two different streams of study:

VCE Vocational Major (VM)

The VM is a VCE program designed to give students the flexibility to follow their strengths and interests.

The VM is similar to what used to be called the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning, or VCAL for short. It is a VCE qualification which has a greater emphasis on vocational learning.

Who is it for?

At ECG Secondary College, the VM is suitable for students who:

  • feel out of place in a mainstream secondary school
  • prefer hands-on, practical learning with real skills for life and work
  • need the right environment to thrive, with smaller classes and extra support
  • benefit from a personalised approach to learning, based on their individual goals and motivation

What can it lead to?

The program prepares students to develop the skills needed to succeed in:

  • an apprenticeship
  • a traineeship
  • vocational training
  • university (via non-ATAR pathways)
  • the workforce

Learn more about the VCE Vocational Major (VM):
VCE and VCE Vocational Major | Victorian Government (www.vic.gov.au)

Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC)

The VPC is designed for students who are not able or ready to complete the VCE (including the VCE Vocational Major).

It provides an enriched curriculum and extra support for students, helping them to meet their learning goals and develop pathways.

Who is it for?

At ECG Secondary College, the VPC is suitable for students who:

  • have had a disrupted schooling experience or missed significant periods of learning
  • have additional needs
  • are at risk of disengaging from their education

What can it lead to?

VPC students can develop the skills, knowledge, values and capabilities to make informed choices about their future, and progress to:

  • a senior secondary qualification
  • an entry-level vocational education and training (VET) course
  • employment

Learn more about the Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC):
Victorian Pathways Certificate | Victorian Government (www.vic.gov.au)

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