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:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • 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.