Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) SENIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATES Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Vocational Education And Training (VET) Including: School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT’s) Primary Pathway Apprenticeships Traineeships Employment TAFE or Further Education Primary Pathway To obtain an ENTER For University and TAFE Courses
VCE – Victorian Certificate of Education • Provides students with an ENTER (rank) necessary to apply to University. • Entry to University based on completion of VCE, prerequisite studies met and then the applicants with the highest ENTER accepted. • 2 year certificate completed over 2 years (year 11 and 12), some SEALP complete over 3 years as do some students with special circumstances.
VCE • Study 6 subjects in Year 11 or 12 units – unit’s 1 and 2. • Study 5 subjects in Year 12 or 10 units – unit’s 3 and 4 • 22 units attempted. • Need to pass 16 units to obtain VCE that includes 3 units of English and 3 other unit 3 and 4 sequences.
VCE • The only compulsory subject in the VCE is English. • Students select from about 25 subjects offered. • Choice will depend upon: • University prerequisites • What the student does well at • What the student enjoys. • All University courses have English as a prerequisite, about 50% have some level of mathematics as a prerequisite.
VCAL – Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning Subjects or strands • Literacy (English) • Numeracy (Mathematics) • Personal Development Skills • Work Related Skills • Industry Specific Skills • Students may select an additional VCE study in an area of interest.
VCAL Levels • Foundation • Intermediate • Senior
Why do VCAL? • Suits students who have an applied learning preference (prefer to do things by doing). • Pathway to an Apprenticeship or Traineeship. • Many VCAL students successfully obtain apprenticeships. • Focus on work and employability rather than academic studies.
VET (Vocational Education and Training) VET programs may be taken as part of VCE or VCAL. VCE students obtain: Units 1 & 2 after 1st year and 3 & 4 after 2nd year. VET contributes to a student’s ENTER either as Scored Assessment or an increment. VCAL students: Satisfies Industry Specific Skills strand.
Certificate II in Automotive Certificate III in Music Certificate III in Multimedia Certificate II in Hospitality Certificate II in Engineering Certificate II in Dance Certificate III in Information Technology Certificate II in Electrotechnology Building and Construction Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation Certificate II in Clothing Concept Design and Development Certificate II in Hairdressing Students taking part in VET receive their VCE or VCAL Certificate plus a nationally recognized qualification. Some examples: Full list of programs can be obtained from the Careers Centre
At Belmont High School we are offering:Certificate III in MusicCertificate III in MultimediaCertificate II in Outdoor EducationCertificate III in Information Technology
Why do VET? • Offers breadth and diversity to a VCE program, satisfying VCE requirements and contributing to a student’s ENTER. • Satisfies VCAL requirements. • Opportunity to pursue a vocational area of interest. • Has pathways to further education. • Employers consider VET favourably. VET students can have improved employment outcomes. • Many VET programs have Structured Work Placements. • Numbers of students taking part in VET increasing annually. This year approximately 150. Students enjoy VET.
School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships Combination of: • School • Part-time Apprenticeship • Industry Specific Training May be integrated into a student’s schooling or non-integrated.
Some examples of SBAT’s students taking part in at Belmont High School Non-Integrated: • Retail • Hospitality Integrated: • Transport • Building • Automotive • Children’s Services • Meetings and Events • Tourism • Information Technology
If students have an “applied” learning style and are at School for the purpose of obtaining an Apprenticeship consider VCAL. • Consider VET as part of VCE or VCAL. Vocational pathway or general interest. • Students in Year 10 can start and often complete an SBAT.
I don’t know what I want to do when I leave School. • Don’t worry, many students don’t, many students do. Students are all different. • Student’s do need to be aware of their strengths and weakness. Do subjects you enjoy and do well. This may lead to a career.
Pathway Planning • Student’s are beginning to develop individual pathways to a career. This pathway will be different for different individual students. • There are often many pathways to a particular career.
Acceleration • Students may complete a Year 11 VCE study in Year 10 in an area where the student excels or where a strong student generally selects a subject they enjoy. • In doing VET or an SBAT at Year 10 the students is accelerating. • Benefits include increment to ENTER, completion of VET/SBAT early.
What next? • Students taking part in some career education activities in PACE. • Early term 3 a 2 day careers event will occur, guest speakers, resume writing, mock interviews. • July 25 – Expressions of interest to complete a VCE study to be submitted. • August 14 – Information evening – the subject selection process. • End of term 3 subject selection forms, VET application forms and SBAT espressions of interest due.
Contacts • Ms Margot Milne – VCE Manager. • Ms Rita Bruscella – VCAL Manager. • Ms Lesley Goode – Acceleration and Enrichment Manager. • Mr. Peter McKenzie – VET, SBAT’s, Career and Pathway advice. • Subject Teachers.