Senior Years

In Senior Years we have two curriculums:

  • Independent Living Skills
  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).

Students can do a straight Independent Living Skills program or a straight VCAL program, or a combination of both.  A students selection of curriculum is based on students needs and goals as identified by the teacher and in consultation with the student and parents/caregivers.

Verney Road VCAL Horticulture Group

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a ‘hands-on’/applied option for students in Years 10, 11 and 12.  The VCAL has three levels – Foundation, Intermediate and Senior.  At Verney Road School we do VCAL Foundation over 3 years.

VCAL is an accredited senior secondary qualification. The VCAL focuses on applied learning.

There are four compulsory strands in VCAL:

  • Literacy and Numeracy Skills
  • Work Related Skills
  • Industry Specific Skills: VET
  • Personal Development Skills.

VET (Vocational Education and Training)

VET allows students to include vocational studies within their VCAL.

Students undertake nationally recognised training from national training packages which contribute to the Industry Specific Skills strand in VCAL.

We offer Certificate I in Hospitality, Certificate I in Information Technology and Certificate II in Horticulture.  In 2013 Hospitality and Horticulture is also offered to Year 12 students.

Certificates not fully completed at VRS can be continued post school in an adult educational facility (e.g. TAFE).

Independent Living Skills

The Independent Living Skills Unit will provide a program that offers a holistic approach within our educational setting that allows us to combine educational requirements with individual and whole group, student needs.  It will establish a firm foundation for our students to transition into the home, community and educational settings, as functional, contributing members of our society.

In order to move towards independence we need to acquire a range of skills.  To achieve these outcomes our students will participate in the Hume Region Independent Living Skills Curriculum