About the course

About the course

With our iVCAL course, you can study all of the core units for the 3 Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) levels – Foundation, 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 IntermediateiVCAL 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 VCAL 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 Memoraundum of Understanding contract can be organised between Box Hill Institute and your school to allow you to study with us while enrolled at your school.

In Stage 1, you will complete the educational core units of literacy, numeracy, personal development and work-related skills. You may elect to continue with Stage 1 units at a higher VCAL level before starting Stage 2.

In Stage 2, you choose a vocational qualification, which you can study face to face in the traditional classroom environment or online or via a combination of both. The list of vocational options is extensive and includes:

  • Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) Pre-apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Community Services
  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career start)
  • Certificate III in Make-Up
  • Certificate II in Salon Assistant
  • Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology (Lightmare Traineeship)
  • Certificate II in Plumbing Pre-apprenticeship

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

Flexible start date, rolling enrolments

Length varies - this course is delivered online and the time taken to complete it will depend on you and the units you select. You should complete all of your enrolled units within the calendar year (of enrolment).

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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:

  • be at least 15 years of age by January 1 in the year of commencement
  • 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.


Step 1: Attend an information session

Step 2: Complete the Core Skills Diagnostic Test and the first page of the enrolment form

Step 3: Talk to the course coordinator and get a Letter of offer. A copy will need to be submitted to your school

Step 4: book into the enrolment hub to finalise and make payment

Step 5: Complete the enrolment form and finalise payment of fees

Step 6: Attend an orientation session

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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.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

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

Fees & Finance Options

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - VCAL $805.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession VCAL $161.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$245.00
Retain Course Items***No fee applies
* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.
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Course Structure

The Intermediate iVCAL educational core units and vocational units will vary depending on the level and vocational options you choose.

Stage 1 involves completing the educational units – literacy, numeracy, personal development and work related skills – online. Some students elect to continue with Stage 1 units at a higher VCAL level before commencing Stage 2. Stage 1 core VCAL units are selected from list of Units/Subjects below.  

Stage 2 involves choosing a vocational qualification which may be delivered in the traditional face-to-face classroom environment or online or a combination of both. The list of vocational options is extensive and chosen to suit your requirements.

  • ACM20110 - Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • 22216VIC - Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) Pre-apprenticeship
  • CHC32015 - Certificate III in Community Services
  • CHC22015 - Certificate II in Community Services (specialising in early childhood education) 
  • 22261VIC - Certificate II in Electrotechnology studies (Pre-vovational)
  • SHB30215 - Certificate III in Make-Up
  • ICT30115 - Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology (Lightmare Traineeship)
  • 22304VIC - Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)
  • SIT30616 - Certificate III in Hospitality (Traineeship)
  • CUA30915 - Certificate III Music Industry (specialising in Performance)
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