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VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning)


The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) gives you practical work-related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal skills that are important for life and work. It is a vocation-based educational option that offers you a great career pathway if you are practically-minded and want to complete your secondary education. 

VCAL is an accredited secondary certificate issued by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, as is the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). VCAL focuses on careers-based 'hands-on learning' whereas the VCE is widely used by students as a direct pathway to university. Students who study VCAL are more likely to be interested in continuing their studies at TAFE, doing an apprenticeship or traineeship, or finding employment after they complete their course.

Find out more about VCAL via the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority website

Please be aware that VCAL is not a soft option, or easier than VCE, particularly at Intermediate and Senior level. As a student, VCAL places a high demand on your organisational, self-management and planning skills.

The VCAL has three levels - Foundation, Intermediate, and Senior. You start and complete your VCAL at the level that matches your needs and abilities. Your appropriate VCAL level will be discussed and decided upon at interview. VCAL's flexibility allows Wodonga TAFE to design a study program to suit a variety of interests and learning needs. You will study units from the following four compulsory strands.

  • Strand 1: Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Strand 2: Industry specific skills
  • Strand 3: Work related skills
  • Strand 4: Personal development skills

The VCAL program and the teaching of it at Wodonga TAFE supports and promotes the principles and practices of Australian democracy through a commitment to elected government, the rules of law, the values of openness and tolerance, equal opportunity and freedom of speech.

How long will it take you to complete the VCAL?

A VCAL level is usually completed in one year.

Are there any entry requirements?

You should be at least 17 years of age to enrol in VCAL at Wodonga TAFE. If you are an applicant under 17 years of age you will be referred to our Youth Pathways Officer as part of the Early School Leavers process.

How do you apply?

Please contact our friendly Customer Experience team, phone 1300 698 233 or email Your enquiry will be directed to an appropriate staff member to arrange a pre-training interview to determine the level of VCAL you should apply for. You will then be asked to apply online for the relevant course via the course links further down this page. 

VCAL outcomes and statistics

VCAL at Wodonga TAFE_summary 2016-2019

VCAL destination outcomes 2016-2018

VCAL student outcomes 2017-2019 

VCAL students survey statistics 2018 

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