VCE / VCAL / VET Explained
VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education)
This qualification, pursued by the majority of students in Years 11 and 12, is undertaken over a minimum of two years.
A VCE student will usually undertake 22 units comprising of:
- At least FOUR units from the English Group, including Unit 1 English
- and at least 8 units at Units 3 & 4 level
A VCE student must satisfactorily complete at least 16 units including:
- At least THREE units from the English Group
- At least THREE unit 3 / 4 sequences other than English
VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning)
A hands-on vocational focus option that can either be completed in one or two years, with Year 11 students undertaking Foundation or Intermediate Certificates and Year 12 students undertaking the Senior Certificate.
A VCAL student completes compulsory units in:
- Work Related
- Personal Development
- As well as a Vocational Education and Training (VET) subject and a VCE subject.
VET (Vocational Education and Training) Certificates
A VET subject has a vocational focus, providing students with a national or Victorian qualification in a variety of industry areas. Students wishing to study a VET subject must have a vocational pathway and be prepared to undertake work placement or structured workplace. A VET subject can be completed as part of either a VCAL or VCE program, with some VET programs providing a study score.