Hands-on learning to prepare you for further training, work and life.

What is VCAL?

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a fully accredited senior school certificate. It is a great option for young people who are looking for a practical, hands-on learning alternative to a VCE qualification.

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a fully accredited senior school certificate. It is a great option for young people who are looking for a practical, hands-on learning alternative to a VCE qualification.

Who is VCAL suited to?

VCAL is ideal for 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.

VCAL at ECG College offers students added time and support than what you might find in a mainstream classroom. That makes learning at ECG College great for young people who have found school challenging in the past.

VCAL is ideal for 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.

VCAL at ECG College offers students added time and support than what you might find in a mainstream classroom. That makes learning at ECG College great for young people who have found school challenging in the past.

Is the experience the same for everyone?

One of the best things about VCAL 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.

Learning outcomes from some VCAL units can even take into account things that our students are doing outside of the classroom, like part-time work or volunteering.

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

One of the best things about VCAL 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.

Learning outcomes from some VCAL units can even take into account things that our students are doing outside of the classroom, like part-time work or volunteering.

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

Are there different levels of VCAL?

Yes. Our VCAL curriculum is offered at three levels: foundation, intermediate and senior. Our staff work with new students to determine the best fit for them.

Yes. Our VCAL curriculum is offered at three levels: foundation, intermediate and senior. Our staff work with new students to determine the best fit for them.

What can VCAL lead to?

VCAL opens the door to a huge range of employment and further education opportunities.

By completing VCAL, students develop well-rounded personal skills, practical industry skills, resume-worthy industry experiences and a qualification that is recognised by education providers and employers.

A big part of VCAL is building employment skills. Over the course of their studies, our students complete hundreds of hours of hands-on vocational education and training as part of our VET in Schools programs. Options include beauty, business, community services, equine, hair and horticulture.

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

VCAL opens the door to a huge range of employment and further education opportunities.

By completing VCAL, students develop well-rounded personal skills, practical industry skills, resume-worthy industry experiences and a qualification that is recognised by education providers and employers.

A big part of VCAL is building employment skills. Over the course of their studies, our students complete hundreds of hours of hands-on vocational education and training as part of our VET in Schools programs. Options include beauty, business, community services, equine, hair and horticulture.

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?

Many of our graduates prefer the hands-on, practical learning style offered by training providers to University. However, Uni is definitely still an option for many subjects.

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)

Many of our graduates prefer the hands-on, practical learning style offered by training providers to University. However, Uni is definitely still an option for many subjects.

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)