Our VCE and VCAL programs are alternatives to traditional senior secondary school programs, allowing you to fast track yourself into the workforce and achieve qualifications together with your year 11 & 12.

They are ideal for:

  • young people who feel that secondary school isn’t the right place for them
  • secondary students who want an alternative to traditional senior school
  • people who want to complete a TAFE Certificate alongside their year 11 & 12.
  • young people who want to fast track themselves into the workforce.


The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) provides an alternative option for students in Years 11 and 12. TAFE VCAL is an applied, full time educational program delivered in an adult learning environment. Vocational studies are key parts of each of the Box Hill Institute’s VCAL courses on offer. They provide practical workplace-based learning in trade or industry areas. All the courses include studies in literacy, numeracy and personal skills relevant to work and life.

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iVCAL is an alternative to the traditional classroom delivery method of VCAL, and can be completed online. iVCAL allows you to study in your own home, local library or anywhere you have access to the internet and a computer or equivalent device. You can log in and complete your lessons day or night, anywhere in the world and you will have online support by teachers, pathways officers and counsellors. iVCAL will suit those who prefer to study in a non classroom environment and who need flexibility in their study pattern.

Learn more about iVCAL courses.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), at the CAE City Campus, is a pathway to tertiary study and to the world of work. It provides opportunities for work, career and personal enrichment.

VCE, at the CAE City Campus, is an alternative learning environment to the traditional Secondary School. Here you will learn in a supportive, adult environment where you can choose to study classes run in the morning, afternoon or evening.

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Support for early school leavers to achieve success in learning and work.

Are you 17-64 and not currently enrolled in an accredited course? Have you not completed Year 12 or an equivalent qualification (Certificate II)? Have you been out of fulltime work more for than a year? We can help you.

The Reconnect Program can provide you with:

  • Individualised support

  • Pathway planning and goal setting

  • Direct access to pre-accredited and accredited training

  • Links to work experience opportunities

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Carina Cerni

Carina struggled at high school with many teachers telling her that “school isn’t for everyone”. She was asked to leave at the end of year 10. Knowing the importance of education Carina came to Box Hill Institute to study the VCAL (Intermediate) – Creative Taster course. Learning hasn’t been easy for Carina; however, with help of teaching staff and Student Support Services she persevered and achieved success. Carina gave her best in all components of the course which has resulted in her nomination for Student of the Year. Participating in the community service learning program aspect of the course Carina was a leader in talking to the clients and practising her craft. Students were required to give hand massages to residents at a local nursing home and clients would line up to specifically wait for her to help them – a true reflection of Carina’s caring personality and the talent she has. Carina has now chosen to follow a career in Hairdressing and is delighted to have completed Year 11.
- Carina Cerni, VCAL (Intermediate)

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