About the course

About the course

With our iVCAL course, you can study all of the core units for 2 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 Intermediate 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 Memorandum 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, depending on the course

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 must complete all of your enrolled units by the end of October.

This course is delivered online.  Online learning can involve a range of programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Online delivery means that you can enrol in this course when you wish, and complete at your own pace.

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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:

  • 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:

  • complete an application pack and attach your ID (proof of citizenship, concession AND proof of age)
  • complete a Core Skills Diagnostic Profile Assessment (we will provide you with a username and password after we receive your completed application)
  • complete a 'Transition From School Form' signed by your school principal (if you are under 17 years of age)
  • and provide a 'Parental Consent Form' signed by your parent/s or guardian (If you are under 18 years of age)
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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

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$4,375
Service Fee$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83
Material Fee$245$245$245
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$619$1,119$4,869
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$619$1,119$4,869

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 2021 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

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

In order to gain a full VCAL qualification at the senior level, you need to study the 5 core units listed below, PLUS some industry-based units (from a VET course) as part of your course. You can choose to study a second course at another institute, use a course you've studied previously or enrol in a certificate II or III offered at Box Hill Institute. To support students in this requirement, iVCAL offers the Certificate III in Micro-Business Operations as part of the iVCAL program. This course is delivered online.  

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