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VET Overview

VET in School Certificates are undertaken by senior secondary school students as part of their secondary school certificate; the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).

VET is optional in the VCE but essential in VCAL

Vocational Education and Training Programs assist students to make the transition to further education, training and employment. Many programs are based on entry level TAFE courses. These programs are designed so that students can develop general work related competencies and the skills and knowledge required in a particular industry.

VET Programs

  • A nationally recognised vocational certificate
  • Counts towards the VCAL certificate or VCE Certificate
  • May contribute to the ATAR or study score in the VCE
  • Allow students to gain the VCE or VCAL and a VET qualification promote an awareness of the world of work through work placement
  • Develop general work related competencies i.e. skills in communication, team work, using technology, problem solving, using mathematical ideas and concepts, planning and organising activities, gathering and analysing information and occupational health and safety
  • Develop the skills and knowledge required to work in a particular industry
  • Give students a competitive edge in looking for both casual and full time employment

Some VET programs incur a materials charge for consumable items (such as food, timber, text books). This charge must be paid before a student will be accepted into a program.

VET in the VCEThe Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) has endorsed these programs and so the work done in the VET program is equal to completing VCE units. This means that students can use the VCE VET units to satisfy the minimum requirements for VCE. All VET in the VCE programs have Unit 1/2 and / or 3/4 status and some can provide students with an ATAR contribution. The number of VCE units and the ATAR contribution available varies from program to program.

As these programs contribute to VCE it is more than likely that students will complete some theory work as part of the program.

Some VCE VET programs require students to complete specific VCE subjects to complement the VET program and students must complete extra assessment tasks in the VCE subjects to meet VET requirements. If successful, students will gain a VCE certificate and a VET certificate.

VCE VET programs usually require students to complete one or two weeks structured workplace learning.