The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is accredited at three award levels:
The three award levels provide flexible entry and exit points for a range of student abilities and interests and offer a clear progression for the development of knowledge, skills and attributes.
The purpose of literacy curriculum selected for this strand is to enable the development of skills, knowledge and attitudes in literacy that allow progression in the main social contexts of family, employment, further learning and citizenship. Literacy skills corresponding with these social contexts include literacy for self-expression, practical purposes, knowledge and public debate. Literacy includes reading, writing and oral communication skills.
Numeracy is the ability to use mathematical skills in order to carry out processes and functions within society related to designing, measuring, constructing, using graphical information, money, time and travel, and the underpinning skills and knowledge for further study in mathematics or related fields. Curriculum selected for numeracy in this strand should develop skills to facilitate the practical application of mathematics at home, work and in the community.
The purpose of the Work Related Skills strand is to develop employability skills, knowledge and attributes valued within community and work environments as a preparation for employment. The development of the employability skills within this program provides learners with a capacity to consider and choose from a range of pathways. The development of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) knowledge provides learners with the necessary preparation for the workplace. Design and product development, planning, applying problem solving skills and manufacturing within a work-related context is a key part of the program
The purpose of the Personal Development Skills Strand is to develop knowledge, skills and attributes that lead towards:
Students considering VCAL as a study option are encouraged to talk with the VCAL Team Leader.
VET Programs allow students to simultaneously complete their VCE or VCAL and obtain a nationally recognised TAFE qualification. Some of these qualifications incorporate Structured Work Placements involving on the job instruction. Sale College offers a wide range of VET in the VCE and VCAL programs.
Students can complete training in a variety of part-time apprenticeships and traineeships as part of either a VCE or VCAL program. The work component may be completed outside school hours or sometimes will take as much as two days a week. SNBA’s cannot be selected but need to be negotiated with employers. The Sale College Careers team can assist with investigating this option.
Students have the opportunity to extend their VCE program by studying a University subject in Year 12. This is an exciting and challenging option for very capable and motivated students. Further information is available from the Careers Advisors.
experience is offered to students in years 10 to 12. Work experience involves school students participating in short term industry placements, which broadens their experience and understanding of the world of work and career opportunities. It benefits students in the following ways:
Work experience placements can be either during the school terms or over holidays, depending on availability and need.
For some students a mix of work and VCE or VCAL studies is an option. Generally, this will involve an ongoing Industry Placement for VET students and is organised by the College
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For more information please download the Macalister Campus Handbook
Sale College is accredited under the Department of Education and Training’s CRICOS registration (CRICOS provider name and code: Department of Education and Training, 00861K). For further information refer to www.study.vic.gov.au