The VCE VM is an applied learning pathway for Year 11 and Year 12. This is not the default
pathway and this program is for students who know they learn best through applied learning
and who want to prepare for the workforce, apprenticeships, traineeships, further
education/training and training or university through alternative entry programs. It is a two year
course in which students have to take a VET Certificate II course and a number of other
compulsory subjects. Entry into VM is subject to a success application.
A VCE VM Program has different semester subjects/units taken over a minimum of two years
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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 VPC is a highly individualised pathway for students in Years 10 to 12. This is a pathway for students who are not able or not ready to complete VCE or VCE VM. The VPC is suitable for students whose previous schooling experience may have been disrupted for a variety of reasons, including students with additional needs, students who have missed significant periods of learning and vulnerable students at risk of disengaging from their education.
Students will gain the skills, knowledge, values and capabilities to make informed choices about pathways into a senior secondary qualification, entry level vocational education and training (VET) course or employment. The VPC can be for any length of time and caters to the need and circumstances of individual students. After successfully completing the VPC your will receive a Certificate of Attainment which is not a senior years’ certificate. Enrolling in the VPC is on a case-by-case basis which will require conversations with the student, their family and the school.
VET Programs allow students to simultaneously complete their school certificate and obtain a TAFE qualification. Many of the programs incorporate structured Work Placements involving on the job instruction. Sale College offers a wide range of VET in the senior years programs
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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
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.
Work experience is available to all students in years 10, 11 and 12 depending on their interests and subject load. Work Experience Placements provide many students with a link between school and their future in the workplace.
Students can complete training in a variety of part-time apprenticeships and traineeships as part of their school program. The work component may be completed outside school hours or sometimes will take as much as two days a week. SBA’s cannot be selected but need to be negotiated with employers.
Head Start is an Apprenticeship and Traineeship pathway for school students aimed at giving them just that. Head Start allows students to undertake their VCE or VPC for up to three years so they can spend more time in paid, on-the-job training to develop skills employers need. Head Start students leave secondary school with their VCE or VPC and the recognition for completing or near completed their Apprenticeship or Traineeship.
Depending on the needs of the employer, students attend schools some days and work on others. At a minimum, students will undertake paid employment for One day per week in Year 10, Two days per week in Year 11 and Three days per week in Year 12.
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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