Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning Youth (Intermediate) - (VCAL)

Course Code VCALINT001
Locations Warrnambool, Portland, Hamilton, Colac

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Study Mode Full-time, On Campus
Length 1 year
Commencement February 2023
Timetable 4 days per week, 5 hours per day
Course Overview

VCAL Intermediate provides students a chance to experience the training and qualification options that best suit their needs and interests. It is directed towards young people who want to learn in a supported yet relaxed environment away from mainstream schooling. VCAL provides practical experiences as well as allowing students to sample a range careers across various local industries, to help determine their interests and strengths for their chosen career. This program is targeted at students aged between 15-20 years that are early school leavers, home schooled, students disengaged or at risk of disengaging from formal schooling, unemployed youth, or those seeking pre-apprenticeships.

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.


What will I Learn?

Intermediate VCAL students will learn a range of skills through teacher guided, project-based, hands-on learning including literacy, numeracy, personal development and work-related skills.

They will investigate and experience a number of different industries and job pathways in their chosen area. Intermediate VCAL students will continue to develop the skills required for them to remain engaged in education. While enrolled in this course, students also have the option of completing a work placement, which will be supported by South West TAFE.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Intermediate VCAL is a Year 11, Senior Secondary equivalent qualification. The skills and knowledge gained through this course provide students with a range of opportunities. These opportunities include transitioning into Senior VCAL (Year 12 equivalent qualification), moving into full-time work or further study.

During the Intermediate VCAL qualification, students will also have the ability to acquire an ‘industry skills set’. This skills set will include qualifications such as first aid, responsible serving of alcohol and the CI card.


As a year 11 equivalent qualification, Intermediate VCAL provides enhanced opportunities to a range of further education, training and employment options.

Through acquired skills, graduates may pursue a number of pathways. These include Senior VCAL (Year 12 equivalent) Certificate II and III courses, apprenticeships, traineeships or full-time work.


Students may have the opportunity to go on a practical work placement, supported workplace learning, and industry visits.

At Intermediate level, students may complete a 20-day work placement.

Information Session

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. 

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Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

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 accepted into the course through an interview with the VCAL Coordinator. The students’ goals and pathways are discussed at the interview so that this can be the focus of their learning.
  • Approval from the Education Department regional managermay also be required.

Course requirements

Students are to be aged 15-20 years. To be eligible for the certificate, students must complete 10 credits for the year.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
LIT021 Literacy Skills Intermediate Reading And Writing 100 $0.00
LIT022 Literacy Skills Intermediate Oral Communication 100 $0.00
NUM021 Numeracy Skills Intermediate 100 $0.00
PDS021 Personal Development Skills Intermediate Unit 1 100 $0.00
PDS022 Personal Development Skills Intermediate Unit 2 100 $0.00
WRS021 Work Related Skills Intermediate Unit 1 100 $0.00
WRS022 Work Related Skills Intermediate Unit 2 100 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
BSBCMM201 Communicate in the workplace 40 $0.00
BSBFLM312 Contribute to team effectiveness 40 $0.00
BSBPEF201 Support personal wellbeing in the workplace 50 $0.00
BSBPEF202 Plan and apply time management 20 $0.00
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others 20 $0.00
BSBWHS211 Contribute to the health and safety of self and others 20 $0.00
BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others 15 $0.00
BSBXTW301 Work in a team 40 $0.00
CHCCOM001 Provide first point of contact 35 $0.00
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services 30 $0.00
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40 $0.00
CHCGRP001 Support group activities 30 $0.00
CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities 70 $0.00
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 55 $0.00
CHCVOL001 Be an effective volunteer 25 $0.00
CUAACD201 Develop drawing skills to communicate ideas 60 $42.00
CUAACD311 Produce drawings to communicate ideas 90 $0.00
CUADES201 Follow a design process 50 $0.00
CUADIG304 Create visual design components 30 $0.00
CUAPHI312 Capture photographic images 60 $0.00
CUAPPR301 Produce creative work 45 $42.00
CUARES301 Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice 50 $70.00
HLTAID003 Provide first aid 18 $50.00
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid 18 $0.00
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures 25 $0.00
HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment 25 $0.00
SITHCCC002 Prepare and present simple dishes 25 $0.00
SITHCCC003 Prepare and present sandwiches 10 $0.00
SITHFAB004 Prepare and serve non-alcoholic beverages 20 $0.00
SITTGDE004 Lead tour groups 30 $0.00
SITTIND001 Source and use information on the tourism and travel industry 25 $0.00
SITTTSL004 Provide advice on Australian destinations 40 $0.00
SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety 15 $20.00

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.

After applying

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.
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Skills recognition
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.

Course Fees

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. :

  1. Tuition fees - charged as an hourly rate that varies from course to course. A large portion of the tuition is subsidised by the Victorian Government for eligible students.
  2. Resource and/or materials costs - covers the cost of materials and other incidentals. This fee will vary according to the course being undertaken.
  3. Booklist items - such as textbooks, equipment and stationery recommended for your course

Tuition fees

There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances). 

  1. Government Subsidised Fee - you could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate under the Skills First funding depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
    Find out more about subsidised training

  2. Government Subsidised Concession Fee - If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment, you may be eligible for the concession rate. Note, the concession rate is not applicable to Diploma level courses.
    Find out more about concession rates

  3. Free TAFE - Students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). Any resource or material costs, or booklist items for this course are listed in the table below.
    Find out more about Free TAFE

  4. Full fee - If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate.


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.

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $3,260.00
Concession rate $655.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $13,500.00
Resource and/or materials costs

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.

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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $95.00
How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

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.

Next Steps
How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank you email.
  2. Get ready - your thank-you email will contain links to a pre-training review, to a unique student identifier and to government-subsidised training eligibility.
  3. Chat with your teacher - your teacher or course specialist will contact you about your Pre-Training Review outcomes and additional course information.
  4. Enrol - after chatting with your teacher, you will receive an email with your enrolment form and a link to verify your identity.
  5. Sign - once you've completed your enrolment, you will receive a declaration form to review and sign.

If need any assistance with applying, contact our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Careers Coaches at the Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.