WSC will again offer the VCAL to a selected group of students. Students will be selected on the basis of an interview during the counselling process.
VCAL hopes to meet the educational needs of those students for whom the traditional VCE is not always the most appropriate option. It is formally recognised by the Victorian Qualifications Authority. It provides a “hands on” alternative for students that combine practical workplace experience with the development of literacy, numeracy and personal skills that are important for life and work. A VCAL course would typically include a combination of VET and selected VCE subjects through negotiation with VCAL Coordinators, work placement, work experience, part-time work, community work and other personal development to achieve a course that suits the needs of the individual.
Many VCAL students conclude their secondary education at the end of Year 11 to seek employment or other training but there is an option to continue with a Senior VCAL program.
The VCAL program must comprise the following strands:
- Literacy – Intermediate
- Numeracy – Intermediate
- Industry Specific Skills – VCE VET Programs
- Work Related Skills #
- Personal Development *
Students at WSC meet the requirements of the course by studying a combination of relevant VCE and VET subjects along with VCAL Units that address the development of Personal Development Skills and Work Related Skills.
Students are required to purchase an English and Maths text book, in addition to the cooking levy and VET Outdoor Recreation levy. For a comprehensive list of the 2021 fees, please see the College Charge Guide provided with this handbook, indicating costs applicable for all subjects.
#VCAL Work Related Skills Units are satisfied by participating in a work placement and maintaining appropriate records and completing associated set tasks.
*VCAL Personal Development Units are satisfied by combining such activities as first aid courses, volunteer work, life skill sessions, etc that suit the needs of the individual student, along with participation in VCAL Cooking and Outdoor Education units.
Note: If numbers and the timetable allow, then the VCAL Program will run a stand-alone timetable. This will allow greater flexibility to meet the needs of individual students. It is important to note that this arrangement will only take place if numbers are sufficient and timetable restrictions can be overcome.