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VCAL Courses

Flexible education and learning options including VCAL, VETiS & more

Our innovative model provides an abundance of choices and opportunities. Students are encouraged to pursue a unique learning journey to gain practical skills, work towards personal goals and take charge of their future.

VCAL Courses Melbourne (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning)

Our VCAL program is tailored to the individual, allowing students to explore their interests and dreams as they work towards the successful completion of their certificate. We allow students to develop the tools needed to succeed not just in further education and their chosen careers, but in every aspect of their lives.

VCAL includes Literacy, Numeracy, Work Related Skills, Personal Development and Industry Specific Skills.

VET units, certificates and a dynamic wellbeing curriculum encourage students to respect, understand and value diversity, teaching cultural competency skills required to effectively navigate the 21st Century.

Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS)

VETis is an important component of students’ educational journey; it sets students up for success in two ways:

  • VETiS Value (hours) are a VCAL requirement. These are gained by completing Units of Competency within a chosen course. Students need a minimum VETis value score to pass their VCAL levels
  • VETiS gives students an opportunity to complete a Certificate II Qualification in their chosen course.

For 2021, the plan is to offer the following VETiS subjects:

  • Certificate II Business
  • Certificate II Community Services
  • Certificate II Creative Industries
  • Certificate II Visual Arts
  • Certificate II Hospitality
  • Certificate II Kitchen Operations
  • Certificate II Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • Certificate II Employment Pathways

All courses are taught by qualified teacher/trainers who are registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

Short courses

Short accredited and non-accredited courses, including the Responsible Service of Alcohol, First Aid, Barista Training and Safe Food Handling.

Young Parents' Classrooms

Students can be pregnant and bring their baby in to class and learn together.

Outreach education and workshops

Through the Connect Youth program, small, group-based workshops, outreach education and case management is provided. The Hester Hornbrook Academy also helps students to access external training through TAFEs and private providers.


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