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

Course Code VCALSEN001
Locations Warrnambool, Portland, Hamilton, Colac

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Study Mode Full-time, On Campus
Length 12 months
Commencement February 2023
Timetable 4 days per week, 5 hours per day
Course Overview

VCAL Senior provides students who want to achieve their Senior School certificate, the opportunity to choose the qualification option that best suit their needs. VCAL Senior provides students with hands-on practical experiences suited to their individual pathway, as well as literacy and numeracy skills. Students engage in a more independent learning situation, where work and major projects are focused on personal interests. This course allows students to sample a range of careers across various local industries, to help determine their interests and strengths for their chosen career. When enrolling in VCAL Senior, students may also elect to complete VETis, or another course in their area of interest.

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?

Senior VCAL students will learn a range of skills through 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. Senior VCAL students will also enhance the individual 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

Senior VCAL is a Year 12, Senior Secondary equivalent qualification. The skills and knowledge gained through this course provide students with a range of opportunities. These opportunities include moving into full-time work or further study. During the Senior 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 12 equivalent qualification, Senior 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 Certificate III and IV courses, apprenticeships, traineeships or full-time work.


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

At Senior VCAL level, students will complete a 20 day work placement.

Information Session

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Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

This course is available via Direct Entry.
Direct Entry - apply directly to the Institute 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 manager may also be required.

Students are to be aged 16-22 years.

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 10 credits for the year.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
LIT031 Literacy Skills Senior Reading And Writing 100 $0.00
LIT032 Literacy Skills Senior Oral Communication 100 $0.00
NUM021 Numeracy Skills Intermediate 100 $0.00
NUM031 Numeracy Skills Senior 100 $0.00
PDS031 Personal Development Skills Senior Unit 1 100 $0.00
PDS032 Personal Development Skills Senior Unit 2 100 $0.00
WRS031 Work Related Skills Senior Unit 1 100 $0.00
WRS032 Work Related Skills Senior 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
BSBITU211 Produce digital text documents 60 $0.00
BSBITU309 Produce desktop published documents 50 $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
BSBWRT301 Write simple documents 30 $0.00
BSBXTW301 Work in a team 40 $0.00
CHCCD401E Support community participation 50 $0.00
CHCCHILD403B Promote the safety, well being and welfare of children, young people and their families 40 $0.00
CHCCOM001 Provide first point of contact 35 $0.00
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services 30 $0.00
CHCCS414A Provide education and support on parenting, health and well being 75 $0.00
CHCECE006 Support Behaviour of Children and Young People 30 $0.00
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world 40 $0.00
CHCGRP001 Support group activities 30 $0.00
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 55 $0.00
CHCPRT001 Identify and Respond to Children and Young People at Risk 40 $0.00
CHCRF624C Support parents in their parenting role 30 $0.00
CHCVOL201B Be An Effective Volunteer 25 $0.00
CHCYTH403C Support young people to create opportunities in their lives 45 $0.00
CPCCCM2006B Apply basic levelling procedures 8 $0.00
CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry 6 $70.00
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
CUARES201 Collect and organise content for broadcast or publication 20 $0.00
CUARES301 Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice 50 $70.00
EN013 VCE English Unit 3 90 $0.00
EN014 VCE English Unit 4 90 $0.00
FEP031 Portfolio Enhancement and Presentation 100 $0.00
HH011 VCE Health And Human Development Unit 1 70 $0.00
HH022 VCE Health And Human Development Unit 2 70 $0.00
HH033 VCE Health And Human Development Unit 3 90 $0.00
HH034 VCE Heallth And Human Development Unit 4 72 $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
ICTWEB201 Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement 20 $15.00
LS033 VCE Legal Studies - Unit 3 90 $0.00
LS034 VCE Legal Studies - Unit 4 90 $0.00
MA073 VCE Further Mathematics Unit 3 90 $0.00
MA074 VCE Further Mathematics Unit 4 90 $0.00
MSFFM2006 Hand make timber joints 40 $50.00
OS011 VCE Outdoor And Environmental Studies Unit 1 54 $0.00
OS022 VCE Outdoor And Environmental Studies Unit 2 54 $0.00
PY011 VCE Psychology Unit 1 70 $0.00
PY033 VCE Psychology Unit 3 90 $0.00
PY034 VCE Psychology Unit 4 90 $0.00
SFS031 Skills For Further Study Senior 100 $0.00
SISXCAI003 Conduct non-instructional sport, fitness or recreation sessions 20 $0.00
SISXIND006 Conduct sport, fitness or recreation events 55 $0.00
SITHCCC002 Prepare and present simple dishes 25 $0.00
SITHCCC003 Prepare and present sandwiches 10 $0.00
SITHFAB002 Provide responsible service of alcohol 10 $0.00
SITHFAB004 Prepare and serve non-alcoholic beverages 20 $0.00
SITHFAB005 Prepare and serve espresso coffee 30 $0.00
SITHFAB009A Provide responsible service of alcohol 10 $0.00
SITHFAB012B Prepare And Serve Espresso Coffee 30 $0.00
SITHIND002 Source and use information on the hospitality industry 25 $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
SITXOHS001B Follow Health, Safety And Security Procedures 12 $0.00
SITXOHS002A Follow workplace hygiene procedures 15 $0.00
VPAU209 Participate In Basic Vehicle Servicing Operations 40 $0.00
VU20009 Participate In Job Seeking Activities 50 $0.00
VU20956 Building structures 8 $0.00
VU20963 Safe handling and use of plant and selected portable power tools 16 $0.00
VU20971 Carpentry hand tools 80 $0.00
VU20982 Basic environmental sustainability in carpentry 16 $0.00
VU21314 Apply basic computer skills to language learning 20 $0.00
VU21343 Undertake a simple investigation of health and wellbeing 20 $0.00
VU21366 Investigate an environmental issue 20 $0.00
VU21369 Investigate Indigenous history 30 $0.00
VU21375 Evaluate pathway options, design a learning plan and complete a portfolio 60 $0.00
VU21389 Design and review a project 40 $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.

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) $50.00
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.