Senior Years

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning is a ‘hands-on’/applied option for students in Years 10, 11 and 12. VCAL has three levels – Foundation, Intermediate and Senior.

At Verney Road School we teach VCAL Foundation over 3 years. The applied learning is taught through interest based projects.

VCAL provides practical education and training for young people. Through hands-on learning, students gain skills and knowledge relevant to work and life in local and global communities.

VCAL is administered by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

There are four compulsory strands in VCAL:

  • Literacy and Numeracy Skills
  • Work Related Skills
  • Industry Specific Skills
  • Personal Development Skills

Students need a high attendance rate to enable them to complete all the required outcomes of VCAL.

School Based Apprenticeship/Traineeship (SBAT)

Students in Senior Years can participate in the SBAT program resulting in credit towards their VCAL certificate.

Students attend the workplace 2 days per week and attend Verney Road School the other 3 days.

Students are employed as School Based Trainees and are paid according to the National part-time training wage.

Trainees are paid a minimum of 7 hours per week and participate in 6 hours of structured training per week.

All training is conducted onsite of the workplace.

Trainees are supervised at all times by a Manager/Team Leader/Trainer of the workplace.

On successful completion of the traineeship, a Certificate and Employment reference is provided.

Knowledge obtained from these qualifications can be applied to a range of career paths.