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VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning)

Marian College offers students the opportunity to pursue their own career path with the VCAL Certificate. The VCAL Certificate is a recognised Senior Secondary Certificate in Victoria and is suitable for students wishing to pursue further education in TAFE, start an apprenticeship or get a job. VCAL takes a practical approach to learning while gaining the necessary skills and experience to transition successfully into the workforce.


Students take classes in our newly renovated Applied Learning Centre (ALC) designed specifically for this program. The ALC includes a variety of open classrooms, wet area classroom, workshops and art studio. Our VCAL program also has access to our Technology classrooms, the Trade Training Centre (TTC - Lab Skills and Winery) and our horticulture block which houses our vineyard, olive trees, vegetable patch and fruit trees.


Students undertaking the VCAL Certificate must complete units in Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development (PDS) and Work Related Skills (WRS). In addition to this, students must undertake a VET Certificate (II or III) as an industry level qualification.    VCAL Students can choose any VET subject and also have the option of studying Cert II in Business Studies and Cert III in Fitness.  These are only available within the VCAL program.


In addition to developing these work skills, students can pursue a Structured Work Placement (one day per week – maximum 20 days) to support their VET Course outcomes. Students can also pursue a School-Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) where they spend one day on the job, and one day in a VET course of their employers’ choice, and three days in school.


Our VCAL students a proud representatives of Marian College and contribute to both the school and the community with a variety of projects to complete a busy and successful program of applied learning.



2021 Year 11 & 12 Handbook 2021 Year 11 & 12 Handbook (7407 KB)

Subject Selection


VCAL 2021 Subject Selection VCAL 2021 Subject Selection (7187 KB)