The Peninsula Certificate of Applied Learning is a hands-on approach for students in their final years of schooling, offering independent living skills, experiences and learning.
PCAL has been designed to meet the individual needs of Peninsula Specialist College students looking to transition into supported programs for adults with a disability.
Students will study the following units:
- Literacy – Reading and Writing
- Literacy – Oral Communication
- Life Skills
- Personal Development
- Specialist Programs.
PCAL Learning Areas
The PCAL learning areas aim to develop students’ knowledge and skills to allow for effective participation in four main social contexts: Family and Social Life, Supported Adult Placements, Education and Training Contexts and Community and Civic Life.
There are six learning areas within the Peninsula Certificate of Applied Learning; Literacy, Oral Communication, Numeracy, Life Skills, Personal Development and Specialist Programs.
1. Literacy – Reading and Writing
The Literacy – Reading and Writing area aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills in the areas of:
- reading, writing and comprehension
- use of technology to access, share and present information
- communicate with others
- functional literacy skills.
2. Literacy – Oral Communication
The Literacy – Oral Communication area aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills in the areas of:
- public speaking
- oral presentations.
- communicating and collaborating with others in a group setting
- effective communication and questioning.
The Numeracy area aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills in the areas of
- measurement, distance and location.
4. Life Skills
- leadership and mentoring
- lifestyle and community access
- strengthening pathways
- independent living
- problem solving.
5. Personal Development
The Personal Development area aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills in the areas of:
- teamwork and collaboration
- communication – verbal and non-verbal.
6. Specialist Programs
Specialist programs area aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills in the areas of:
- Visual Art
- Design and Technology (Cooking)
- Digital Technology
- Health and Physical Education