About the course

About the course

Create your individual pathway to employment or further studies with our VCAL Intermediate course. This course is an applied alternative to Year 11. VCAL, like VCE, is an accredited senior secondary certificate that is recognised internationally as a successful completion of secondary education.

In our VCAL course, gain an educational experience that includes applied work skills and industry-based learning as well as job-relevant literacy and numeracy skills. If you do not need to complete a traditional VCE to reach your desired goals, you’ll find our VCAL programs are more focused, more integrated and more sustainable for you.

Completing a VCAL program will help you to transition into further study at TAFE and/or seek employment, including pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships.

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Intake Dates & Course Length


Full time: 12 months (4 days a week)

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of the Intermediate VCAL program, you may apply for entry into Senior VCAL, an industry course or general employment.

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Entry Requirements

You must have completed year 10 or equivalent


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:

  • attend an Information Session
  • complete a supplementary application form (at the information session)
  • provide the following docments: two most recent school reports, letter of recommendation from school/education provider or from any other referee
  • if you are under 17 years of age, you will be required to provide a completed Transition From School Form signed by your school principal

If you are successful, you will receive a conditional letter of offer by email that will confirm your place in the program and support your Transition from School application. An interview may be required.

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Pathways & Accreditation

After successful completion of the Intermediate VCAL program, you may apply for entry into Senior VCAL, an industry course or general employment.

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 $1,380.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession VCAL $276.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$420.00
Retain Course Items***No fee applies
* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, 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

In addition to the 7 core units listed below, you will study industry-based units as part of your course. You can choose to study in one of the industry areas listed below as part of your Intermediate VCAL Certificate:

  • ACM20110 - Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • 22216VIC - Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) Pre-apprenticeship
  • CHC32015 - Certificate III in Community Services
  • 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)
  • CUA31115 - Certificate III in Visual Arts (delivered at CAE)
  • CUA30915 - Certificate III in Music Industry


  • LIT021 Literacy Skills Intermediate Reading And Writing
    100.0 hours

    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to effectively measure current resource use and to carry out improvements including reducing the negative environmental impact of work practices. This unit requires the ability to access industry information, and applicable legislative and occupational health and safety (OHS) guidelines. While no licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply holistically to this unit at the time of publication, relevant national, state and territory legislation, regulations and codes of practice impact upon this unit.

  • NUM021 Numeracy Skills Intermediate - Unit 1
    100.0 hours

    This unit is designed to enable students to develop knowledge of national and international current affairs.

  • NUM022 Numeracy Skills Intermediate - Unit 2
    100.0 hours

    The focus of this unit is on engaging with a range of structurally intricate texts which are relevant to participation in the community and which may include some specialisation and non routine contexts.

  • WRS021 Work Related Skills Unit 1 (Intermediate)
    100.0 hours

    The focus of the unit is on writing skills to create a range of texts of some complexity which are relevant to participation in the community.

  • WRS022 Work Related Skills Unit 2 (Intermediate)
    100.0 hours

    This unit aims to familiarise learners who are speakers of languages other than English with the Australian workplace, relevant terminology and work tasks. It covers negotiation of a placement, communication in the workplace, occupational health and safety, evaluation and record keeping.

    The unit is included as an elective for use at different levels of the Certificates in ESL Framework. It may be contextualised to suit the needs and skills of learners in courses from Certificate I to Certificate IV. The focus of this unit is on developing the skills and knowledge to select, negotiate and participate in a practical work placement.

  • PDS021 Personal Development Skills Unit 1 (Intermediate)
    100.0 hours

  • PDS022 Personal Development Skills Unit 2 (Intermediate)
    100.0 hours

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