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

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

Government Subsidised ConcessionsGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$288$1,440$10,440
Service Fee$160$160$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80$80
Material Fee$245$245$245
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$773$1,925$10,925
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$773$1,925$10,925

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 2020 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 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:

  • 22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pre-apprenticeship) (Box Hill)
  • 22499VIC Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Pre-vocational) (Box Hill)
  • 22304VIC Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) (Box Hill)
  • ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies (Box Hill)
  • SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality SBAT (Box Hill)
  • SHB30215 Certificate III in Make-up (Lilydale Lakeside)
  • CUA30915 Certificate III in Music Industry (Specialising in Sound Production) (Box Hill)
  • CUA40915 Certificate IV in Music Industry (Specialising in Sound Production) Pathway option. MUST hold Certificate III in Music Industry (Specialising in Sound Production) (Box Hill)
  • CUA31115 Certificate III in Visual Arts (City Campus)
  • SIS30115 Certificate III in Sport and Recreation (Lilydale Lakeside)     


  • 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.

  • 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

  • LIT022 Literacy Skills Intermediate Oral Communication
    100.0 hours

    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to participate in work health and safety (WHS) processes to protect own health and safety, and that of others.

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