About the course

About the course

With our iVCAL course, you can study core units for two of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) levels – Intermediate and Senior - online. At the senior level, your educational core units and vocational units will vary depending on your level and the vocational options you chose.

You can tailor our self-paced course to suit your learning needs. Plus you can access iVCAL from any location via the internet at any time you choose. Teachers, student welfare officers and counsellors will support you through this program.

In Stage 1, you will complete online the educational 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 commencing Stage 2.

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

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

Flexible start date, rolling enrolments

Flexible course length.  This course is delivered online and completion time will depend on your and the units you select.

You should complete all your enrolled units before the end of October of the calendar year 

Typically you can study this course either full time over 1 year or part time over 2 years.  

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

After successful completion of the Senior iVCAL program, you may continue studies in your industry area of interest. Alternatively, you may apply for general employment opportunities.

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Entry Requirements

You must:

  • be 15 years of age by January 1 in the year you plan to commence study in any level of VCAL
  • have literacy and numeracy skills to a minimum level 2 and 1 respectively 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

After successful completion of the Senior iVCAL program, you may have an opportunity to progress into a Certificate III, IV or Diploma level course at Box Hill Institute.

The area of study and the eligibility of credit transfers will depend on the units you may have previously completed.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

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

Fees & Finance Options

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 Senior iVCAL educational core units and vocational units will vary depending on the level and vocational options you choose and what you studied in VCAL Intermediate or year 11, previously.

In order to gain a full VCAL qualification at the senior level, you need to study the 7 core units listed below, PLUS some industry-based units (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 one of the industry areas listed below as part of your Intermediate or Senior VCAL Certificate:

  • 22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pre-apprenticeship) (Elgar Road Campus)
  • 22569VIC Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) (Elgar Road Campus)
  • SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality SBAT (Elgar Road Campus)
  • CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services (Nelson Road Campus)
  • BSB30315 Certificate III in Micro Business Operations (Online)
  • VETDSS (Cont. into second year only)
  • any Box Hill Institute School Based Apprenticeship or traineeship course
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