About the course

About the course

The VCE VET Automotive program is the Industry endorsed program for secondary school students aiming to enter a career in the Automotive Industry. This training covers the skills and knowledge required to perform minor maintenance and repair of an automotive vehicle body.

Topics covered will include the use of workplace tools and equipment, servicing and inspection of engines, transmissions, cooling, fuel, steering, suspension and braking systems, identifying automotive faults, effective workplace communication and customer relation skills.

Course Details


Course Length and Classes

Part time: 2 years (this is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery)

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

VETDSS courses follow the same term structure as Secondary Schools

Wednesday 8:30am to 12:30pm or Wednesday 1:30pm to 5:30pm

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Entry Requirements

This course can only be completed as part of your secondary school studies in years 10, 11 and 12. You must have the approval of your school to enrol in the course.


After successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies in an apprenticeship in AUR30616 – Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology.

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Career Outcomes

This course will give you employment opportunities to start your career as an automotive apprentice.

This qualification may also give you the skills to enter the workforce in the bicycle, marine, motorcycle, heavy vehicle and outdoor power equipment areas.

Contribution to VCE, VCAL & ATAR

On successful completion of this program, you will be eligible for:

  • recognition of two units at Units 1 and 2, and a Units 3 and 4 sequence
  • Students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence for AUR20716 Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation will be eligible for an increment towards their ATAR (10% of the lowest study score of the primary four)
  • The increment is awarded by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
  • Further information can be found on the VTAC website
  • The VCE VET Automotive program does not offer scored assessment

Structured Workplace Learning

The VCAA strongly recommends 160 hours of structured workplace learning (SWL) placement over the duration of the program.


Please contact your secondary school regarding fees for this program

Uniform Requirements

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) required. Details will be supplied upon enrolment.

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