The VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) is a hands-on option for Year 11 and 12 students, offering practical work-related experience and learning.

Like the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education), VCAL is an accredited secondary certificate and is also offered at TAFE (Technical and Further Education) institutes and a number of Learn Local organisations.

The program can be started in Year 11 or 12 and students can do an apprenticeship or traineeship part-time while at school doing the VCAL.

Students who complete the VCAL can choose several career options, including: transferring to the VCE certificate; going to TAFE; doing an apprenticeship or traineeship; and starting a job once school has finished.


Ballarat Secondary College is currently offering foundational, intermediate and senior places in all four strands of the VCAL. Contact the college for more information.


The following URLs contain additional information about the VCAL program:

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

28th of July 2017. Ballarat Secondary College.