How We Do VCAL
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) at Western Port Secondary College aims to provide our students with the best possible chance of achieving an apprenticeship in the career of their choice. All of the students’ studies are intended to provide both the practical and the academic experience to allow them to pursue their chosen pathway.
At Western Port, VCAL is offered at the Intermediate level (usually Year 11) and the Senior level ( usually Year 12). Students must undertake 1 day of work placement as well as spending 1 day per week undertaking practical skills in their chosen VET subjects.
Students also study Numeracy, Literacy, Personal Development and Work Skills all of which have a heavy vocational bias rather than the University bias of VCE.
Students must achieve a satisfactory result in all their subjects to be granted their VCAL certificate.
VCAL student’s feedback:
“I wasn’t interested in VCE type subjects, VCAL allows me to study what I want and to improve my chances of employment.” John Vercoe
“I really enjoy the opportunity to improve my skills and expertise in the Building Industry” David Atkins
“If it wasn’t for VCAL, I would not have returned to school” Corie Sonneveld
Victorian VCAL Awards
In 2013 the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority selected the recipient of the VCAL Chair’s Award. Western Port SC was recognised for the work of Donna Geritz in chairing the local association that won this award.