About the course

About the course

In our iVCAL course, you can study all of the core units for two of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) levels – Intermediate and Senior - online. You can tailor this self paced course to suit your learning needs. Plus, you can access iVCAL from any location, at any time, using the internet. Teachers, student welfare officers and counsellors will support you through this course.

The iVCAL units you study will vary depending on your level and the vocational options you choose. If you want to gain your Senior Secondary School Certificate through study outside the classroom environment, then our online iVCAL course is for you. You may have work or carer commitments during the day. You may live a non-routine life or you need more flexibility in your study patterns. You may also like to enrol into iVCAL if your school does not offer VCAL. A contract can be organised between Box Hill Institute and your school to allow you to study with us while enrolled at your school.

In the education stage of the program, you will complete the core VCAL units of literacy, numeracy, personal development skills and work related skills. You may elect to continue with the educational units at a higher level of VCAL before starting the vocational stage of the program.

In the vocational stage, you will choose a Certificate II or III course, that you can study face to face in the traditional classroom environment, online, or via a combination of both depending on the course. 

It is important to note that both the educational and vocational stages are needed for you to get the full VCAL qualification. As such we have developed a fully online Certificate III in Micro-Business Operations course which couples well alongside our iVCAL program for students who are interested in gaining their full qualification. 

Course Details


Career Outcomes

This course may provide you with the knowledge and skills to explore your chosen vocation with view to entering that industry.

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Entry Requirements

You must:

  • have completed Year 10 (or equivalent)
  • have literacy skills (minimum level 2) and numeracy skills (minimum level 1) of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF)


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


You'll need to:

  • Apply
  • receive your conditional letter of offer (needed for students under 17)
  • receive your application pack
  • gather all required documents
  • create and record a Unique Student Identifier (USI) through usi.gov.au
  • download and complete the Box Hill Institute Pre-Training Review
  • prepare your ID documents (scanned copies or clear photos)
    • Proof of  Residency – Australian Passport, Green Medicare Card or Australian Birth or Citizenship Certificate or Visa Document, AND
    • Proof of Age - Australian Passport, Australian Birth Certificate, Driver’s License
  • if you are under 17 years of age you'll need to take your Conditional Letter of Offer to your current school and ask them for a completed Transition From School Form 
  • download and complete the program selection form (choose your core and industry course options) NB both student and parent/guardians need to sign this
  • start your application and upload the information and documents as required - submit your application 
  • complete your Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (CSDP)
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Pathways & Accreditation

At the end of this course you may be eligible to progress into the Senior VCAL level (in either a face-to-face setting or online) or apply for entry into the next level course in your chosen vocation.

Australian Residents: after successful completion, you may have an opportunity to progress into a Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma course at Box Hill Institute. The area of study and credit transfers available will depend on the units you have completed.

International Students: after successful completion, you may progress into a Certificate, Diploma or a Bachelor course at Box Hill Institute.  If you are an inbound international student, you may apply for the Certificate, Diploma or a Bachelor course as a package offer.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 1

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Government Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$125$625$4,500
Service Fee$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83
Material Fee$50$50$50
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$424$924$4,799
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$424$924$4,799

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2022 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

In order to gain a full VCAL qualification at the intermediate OR senior level, you need to study the 5 iVCAL core units plus your VCAL industry units (from a VET course).

There are 40 industry course options available to Box Hill Institute VCAL and iVCAL students.

Option 1 - 1 year full vocational course - 2 days per week VCAL core plus 2 days per week industry course for 1 year (February - November)

  • 22338VIC - Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pre-apprenticeship) - Box Hill 
  • 22569VIC - Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) - Box Hill 
  • ICT30120 - Certificate III in Information Technology (Cyber Security) – Box Hill 
  • BSB30220 - Certificate III in Entrepreneurship and New Business – Online

Option 2 - 1-3 year School Based Apprenticeship - 2 days VCAL core + work + industry course (1 - 3 years)

Students must secure employment prior to commencement of these programs. Hospitality school-based apprentices can be employed at Box Hill Institute’s hospitality facilities. For more information download the School Based Apprenticeships guide.  

Option 3 - VET Delivered to Secondary School Students (VETDSS) - 2 days VCAL core plus 1 day industry course (2 years)

Year 1 available to students commencing Intermediate VCAL 

Year 2 available to those who’ve previously completed year 1

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