What is the VCAL?

The VCAL stands for the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning. It is an alternative qualification for completing senior studies (Year 11 and 12) in Victoria. Students completing their VCAL will attend school 3 days per week, attend a VET (Vocational Education & Training) course one day a week and Structured Workplace Learning one day per week.

The benefits of completing VCAL are:

  • Beginning your study in your chosen industry before completing school.
  • Gaining industry experience in your chosen field to better understand career pathways and add to your resumé to better help your career after school.
  • The VCAL strands of Literacy, Numeracy, Work Related Skills, Industry Specific Skills and Personal Development Skills provide students with an environment to learn and develop skills they will rely on after finishing secondary school.
  • You can complete your Year 12 certificate without sitting VCE exams and relying on an ATAR score but can still pursue tertiary education pathways.

To get specific information about VCAL at MSJ, it’s a really good idea to get in touch with Ms. Feore as soon as possible.

Ms. Natasha Feore
VCAL Leader

If you want to get more information about the options available to study at VCAL here at MSJ, you can get in touch with a couple of people.

Mrs. Joanna De Bono
Deputy Principal – Learning


Mr. Adam Gonzalez
Director of Learning and Pedagogy

And of course, you can always get in touch with Mrs Gonzalez to discuss Pathways and VET course options.