Warrnambool, Portland, Hamilton, Colac
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|Study Mode||Full-time, On Campus|
|Commencement||Apply any time|
|Timetable||4 days a week, 5 hours per day|
Whilst we pride ourselves on our hands-on training, we have had to adjust most of our courses for study from home and remote learning during the COVID-19 restrictions. This means courses will be delivered using a range of methods including online learning, virtual classrooms, workbooks and direct contact with your teacher.
Given the government restrictions that are now in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus in Australia, we expect this new model of study will continue until the government makes changes to these restrictions.
VCAL Foundation is a hands-on learning program for young people looking for an alternative to mainstream schooling. Through a supported environment with small class sizes, students engage in project-based learning focused on both individual and group interests. It also allows students to sample a range of careers across various local industries, to help determine their interests and strengths for their chosen career.
The VCAL program and the teaching of it at South West TAFE supports and promotes the principles and practices of Australian democracy through a commitment to elected government, the rules of law, the values of openness and tolerance, equal opportunity, and freedom of speech.
Foundation VCAL students will learn a range of skills through project based, hands-on learning. They will learn about a number of different industries and job pathways as well as the skills required to remain engaged in education.
Foundation VCAL is a Year 10 equivalent qualification. The skills and knowledge gained through this course provide students with a number of opportunities. These opportunities include transitioning into Intermediate VCAL (Year 11 equivalent qualification), Certificate II courses or traineeships and apprenticeships. During the Foundation VCAL qualification, students will also have the ability to work towards acquiring an ‘industry skills set’. This skills set will include qualifications such as first aid, responsible serving of alcohol and the CI card.
Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Foundation) provides opportunities to a range of further education, training and employment options.
Students can pathway into Intermediate VCAL, Certificate II courses or apprenticeships and traineeships
Students may have the opportunity to go on a practical work placement, or supported workplace learning.
Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts.
This course is available via Direct Entry.
Direct Entry - apply directly by speaking to the Course Coordinator. Details available from the Customer Service Centre.
Entry Requirements for this course include;
Students are to be aged 15-19 years. To be eligible for the certificate, students must complete 10 credits for the year.
|Unit Code||Unit Name||Unit Hours||Unit Consumables|
|LIT011||Literacy Skills Foundation Reading And Writing||100||$0.00|
|LIT012||Literacy Skills Foundation Oral Communication||100||$0.00|
|NUM011||Numeracy Skills Foundation||100||$0.00|
|PDS011||Personal Development Skills Foundation Unit 1||100||$0.00|
|PDS012||Personal Development Skills Foundation Unit 2||100||$0.00|
|WRS011||Work Related Skills Foundation Unit 1||100||$0.00|
|WRS012||Work Related Skills Foundation Unit 2||100||$0.00|
|Unit Code||Unit Name||Unit Hours||Unit Consumables|
|CHCVOL001||Be an effective volunteer||25||$0.00|
|HLTAID003||Provide first aid||18||$50.00|
|MSFFM2006||Hand make timber joints||40||$70.00|
|PUATEA001||Work In A Team||20||$0.00|
|SITHCCC002||Prepare and present simple dishes||25||$40.00|
|SITHCCC003||Prepare and present sandwiches||10||$20.00|
|VU20959||Communication skills for the construction industry||20||$0.00|
|VU21323||Develop and document a learning plan and portfolio||20||$0.00|
|VU21324||Plan and undertake a project||30||$0.00|
|VU21353||Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio||20||$0.00|
|VU21354||Implement and review a project||30||$0.00|
|VU22413||Engage with a range of complex texts for personal purposes||30||$0.00|
This course involves accredited units. You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes. A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment.
Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms. Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance. You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.
Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.
Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suit your needs.
Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
Create your USI
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If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.
Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.
Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements. Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :
There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances).
The fees listed below are indicative only. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future.
|Course fees by student type||Indicative Course Fee|
|Government subsidised rate (if eligible)||$3,100.00|
|Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy)||$12,860.00|
Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.
|Additional course fees||Indicative Course Fee|
|Course consumable/materials (approximate)||$200.00|
Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.
Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.
We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.
There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.
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