Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
VCAL is an option with a more hands-on style of learning. It focuses on:
After finishing VCAL, your child can:
VCAL is also offered at some TAFEs and Learn Local organisations. This is an option if your child wants to leave school early.
VCAL Subjects and Structure
Students choose units from four compulsory strands:
There are three ability levels to study VCAL: foundation, intermediate or senior. Students start at the level that matches their abilities. VCAL is quite flexible. Students will design a study program based on their interests or the jobs they want to pursue.
PLEASE NOTE: For students to be successful in an Intermediate and/or Senior level VCAL, they must have either a VET subject or a School Based Apprenticeship (SBA) and work placement one day a week.
Some units in VCAL are also VCE units. If your child transfers to VCE later, they'll receive credit for these units. Most VCAL students finish the program in one year.
Wangaratta High School Senior Years Information Booklet 2022
Wangaratta High School VCAL Subjects 2021
If your child successfully completes their learning program they'll receive a VCAL certificate. The certificate is for the ability level they studied: foundation, intermediate or senior. They also receive a statement of results, including any VCE and VET units studied.