iVCAL is an innovative way to achieve your VCAL certificate. iVCAL is offered at Foundation, Intermediate and Senior levels and is accessible 24/7 – from anywhere in the world at anytime of the day. This self-paced, online course can be completed 100% online or as a combination of online and class time, and can be fully individualised to suit you, the learner and your needs and priorities.

The iVCAL program is fully supported by teachers, youth pathways officers and counsellors and has been designed so it is easy to access and use. If you choose you can come into Box Hill Institute (Melbourne city or Box Hill campus) for face to face interactions with the teachers and other students.

You should enrol to study with us if:

  • you prefer to study in a non-classroom environment
  • you need flexibility in your study pattern
  • you want to return after a break from study
  • you are seeking an alternative learning environment to Secondary School
  • you want to enrol in a single VCE subjects not offered at your secondary school
  • you have completed VCE and want to improve your ATAR by taking additional subjects
  • you are an adult wanting to study a VCE subject for personal interest

What does this course involve?

Like the traditional VCAL programs we offer, iVCAL also offers pathways to higher education programs delivered by the Institute and other learning institutions. Stage one involves completing literacy, numeracy, personal development and work skills units online while stage two involves choosing vocational units which may be delivered in the traditional face to face classroom environment or online or a combination of both.

What employment opportunities will I have?

This course may provide you with the knowledge and skills to explore your chosen vocation with a view of entering that industry. As a student, the Institute’s Employment Service is your first port of call for advice on gaining employment in this field, and can be contacted on 1300 BOX HILL (1300 269 445).


This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

What further study options will I have?

At the end of this course you may be eligible to progress into higher VCAL levels or apply for entry into higher educational courses in your chosen vocation.

Can I apply?

iVCAL is suited for learners who want to gain a Senior Secondary School Certificate but prefer to study in a non-classroom environment. You may have work or carer commitments during the day or need more flexibility in your study patterns. iVCAL students may live non-routine lives. iVCAL is designed for learners who may require one learning outcome, or one unit, or complete the whole iVCAL program to achieve their VCAL Certificate.

How do I apply?

Selection is a three stage process.

  1. Stage 1: Attend an iVCAL Information Session to find out more about iVCAL – check the Information/Enrolment sessions page to see if any are scheduled.
  2. Stage 2: Complete the enrolment forms and enrolment processes (handed out during the Information Session).
  3. Stage 3: Attend an orientation session

How will I be selected for this course?

Information Sessions: check the Information/Enrolment sessions page

If you have any queries, please contact the Institute on 1300 BOX HILL (1300 289 445).

Length of course

Length varies – this course is delivered online and time taken to complete will depend on the individual and the units selected.

What costs and other fees should I expect?

This course is subject to Government subsidy for eligible students. Visit the Government Subsidised Place Eligibility page to see if you will receive government assistance for this course. If you are not eligible for government subsidy, the full fee will apply.

Government subsidised fees

Tuition Fee- $1.07 per hour. This course will typically cost between $535.00 and $1,280.00.
Concession Tuition Fee – $0.21 per hour. This course will typically cost $251.00.
Service and Amenities Fee- $154.00
Material Fees – $0.35 per hour.

Full Fee For Service Rate is $11.28 per hour. This course will typically cost $11,280.00 (full time- Foundation).
Full Fee For Service Rate is $10.09 per hour. This course will typically cost $10,090.00 (full time -Intermediate, Senior).

Please note: You may choose to not enrol in the full program therefore the prices quoted above may not apply to you. Please contact the Institute for more information specific to your program selection.

How will I be assessed?

Online assessment

Will my previous experience or study count?

Advanced Standing is approved recognition of prior learning that is displayed as an Exemption (EX) on the student’s academic record. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC) takes into account the knowledge and skills you’ve already gained through your previous education and work. This may be through formal or informal training, paid or unpaid work experience, and can earn you credit if relevant to your chosen course.

Units of Competency

VCAL and Vocational units will vary per person depending on the VCAL level and Vocational options chosen.

Teaching Staff Profiles

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