About the course

About the course

Create your own journey and individual pathway to employment or further studies with our VCAL Senior course. This course is an applied alternative to Year 12. 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 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 pathway program.

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

Expressions of Interest for 2023 Year 10 Certificate of General Education for Adults (CGEA), VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM) and Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) open in August. Register for our 2023 information sessions here.

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Career Outcomes

Completing Senior VCAL may lead to pathways into an industry course, school-based apprenticeship or general employment.

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Entry Requirements

You must:

  • have a minimum level 3 literacy skills (Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF))
  • have a minimum level 2 numeracy skills (ACSF)
  • have completed at least 5 VCAL credits from the Intermediate VCAL, Year 11 VCE or a vocational course equivalent

If you have not yet completed enough units from year 11, we recommend you enrol into our VCAL Intermediate course in 2022 with the aim to gain entry into the senior year of the VCE Vocational Major (VM) or Victorian Pathway Certificate (VPC) in 2023.


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 online application via the Box Hill Institute website 
  • receive your conditional letter of offer (students under 17) 
  • take your conditional letter of offer to your current/last school and ask for an 'Exemption from School Form'
  • create and record a Unique Student Identifier (USI) 
  • download and complete the Box Hill Institute pre-training review
  • prepare your ID documents (scanned copies or clear photos)
  • download and complete the program selection form (choose your core and industry course options) NB both student and parent/guardians need to sign this
  • upload all documents to your application 
  • complete your Literacy and Numeracy Assessment
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Pathways & Accreditation

After successful completion, you may have an opportunity to progress into a Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma course at Box Hill Institute. The area of study and credit transfers available will depend on the units you have completed.

The Senior VCAL Commitment: we are committed to 100% of our senior students finishing their VCAL journey at Box Hill Institute with a job, traineeship, apprenticeship or pathway course opportunity. If you put in the work, we’ll help make it happen!

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 1

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.

Government Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$175$875$6,300
Service Fee$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83
Material Fee$350$350$350
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$774$1,474$6,899
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$774$1,474$6,899

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 2022 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

There are two parts to VCAL qualifications, VCAL Core and VCAL Industry.  

VCAL Core 

  • 2 x literacy skills 
  • 1 x numeracy skills 
  • 1 x work related skills 
  • 1 x personal development skills 

VCAL Industry 

There are 40 industry course options available to Box Hill Institute VCAL and iVCAL students who commence in semester 1.

The industry course options available to those enrolling between May and July 31, 2022 are:

*Students must secure employment prior to commencement of these programs. Hospitality school-based apprentices can be employed at Box Hill Institute’s hospitality facilities. For more information download the School Based Apprenticeships guide.  

  • Option 3 – VET and VCE Elective packages (online)
    • VET Self Awareness electives package (1 Industry credit)
    • VET Community Awareness electives package (1 Industry credit)
    • VET Customer and Social Awareness electives package (1 Industry credit)*
    • VET Setting up a Business electives package (2 Industry credits)*
    • VET Certificate III in Entrepreneurship and New Business  (3 Industry credits)*
    • VCE Business Management Units 1 and 2 (unscored) electives package (2 VCE credits)

*The full VET Certificate III in Entrepreneurship and New Business electives package includes the VET Customer and Social Awareness and VET setting up a New Business electives packages. Students who successfully complete all units will gain a full BSB30120 Certificate III in Entrepreneurship and New Business qualification in addition to their VCAL qualification

  • Option 4 – Any other course on the Box Hill Institute website that you meet entry requirements for and is available on timetabled days outside of the VCAL timetable
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