The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a hands-on learning option for students in Years 11 and 12. The VCAL gives students practical work-related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal skills that are important for life and work. Like the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), VCAL is an accredited secondary certificate.
The VCAL program designed for the Senior Secondary students in their final two years of schooling. In some cases students may commence units in their last 3 years of schooling. VCAL compliance is overseen by the Victorian Registrations and Qualifications Authority (VRQA). The VRQA provides regulations that ensure quality education and training is delivered by the providers it registers in Victoria.
There are three levels of VCAL – Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. At JSA VCAL is taught at Foundation level; at this level students may be assisted in achieving the learning outcomes by their teachers. VCAL is made up of four learning strands:
JSA currently offers four units of work at foundation level. Most units are delivered on-site at and by JSA. The Industry Specific unit is delivered off site by Kangan Batman TAFE.