Vocational Education and Training
As part of your senior schooling, you are now able to study courses that not only contribute
towards your VCE, VCAL and ATAR (with certain restrictions), but also give you
an industry recognised qualification when you complete that course.
The courses are called Vocational Courses and can be studied at school or
through another Registered Training Organisation such as TAFE.
These Vocational courses form part of the Australian Qualifications
Framework. This is the national standard of training and means that a
qualification you receive here, is recognised anywhere in Australia.
The courses are also "Competency Based" - this means that you move through the course
and achieve the relevant qualification by demonstrating that you have the knowledge
and can perform the skills required for that qualification. So, the faster you can
learn and demonstrate these, the quicker you can complete the qualification.
There are courses available in:
# Applied Fashion Design & Technology
# Building & Construction
# Community Services *
# Conservation & Land Management
# Dance *
# Desktop Publishing & Printing
# Electrotechnology *
# Engineering Studies *
# Equine Industry *
# Financial Services *
# Food Processing (Wine)
# Furnishing *
# Hospitality *
# Information Technology *
# Interactive Digital Media *
# Laboratory Skills *
# Music *
# Small Business
# Sport & Recreation *
Note: Courses with an Asterix (*) offer a scored assessment.
These courses also involve undertaking "Structured Workplace
Learning" where you will take part in a work placement related to
your course industry area.
You can also search for available
Structured Workplace Learning placements
Non VCE/VET Programs - Block Credit:
Students who undertake Vocation Education and Training
qualifications that are not included in the suite of
approved VCE VET programs may be eligible for credit towards
their VCE. This is called Block Credit recognition. Block
Credit recognition is calculated by issuing a unit toward
the VCE for every 90 hours of study
Examples of Non VCE/VET programs are:
||Computer Assembly & Repairs
||Health & Community Care
||Retail Make up and Skin Care
||Tourism and Events
||Welding and fabrication
See me if you are interested in studying
any of these courses and I will tell you what you have to do.
I can also let you know what other courses might be available.
The fantastic thing about all these courses is that not only do they
contribute towards your VCE/VCAL (and some will count towards your ATAR
depending upon your pattern of study), but you will also gain an nationally
recognised industry qualification. This means that if you choose to go to
TAFE when you leave school, and continue your study in that same area,
you will be deemed to have completed part of that TAFE course already
(you did it while still at school!).
Not only that, but employers see that
qualification as being very valuable and it can really help you
with getting a job.
School Based Apprenticeships and
School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT's)
are an Australian Government incentive that enables
secondary students to complete a Senior School Certificate
while undertaking part time paid employment and completing a
nationally recognised qualification. The student must be 15
years of age or over and be a permanent resident of
Student's wishing to undertake a School Based
Apprenticeship or Traineeship has to secure an employer,
willing to participate in the program. The VCAA approved
industry areas are:
* Community Services
* Food Processing - Wine
* Information Technology
* Sport and Recreation
For information on School Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships,