Peninsula Certificate of Applied Learning (PCAL)

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
  • Numeracy
  • Life Skills
  • Personal Development
  • Specialist Programs.
PCAL encompasses achievable targets and goals for a range of students and is assessed and reported against the Victorian Curriculum. Students will be expected to demonstrate their learning through a variety of hands-on and interactive assessment tasks. At the completion of each year students will receive a certificate of achievement.

 

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.


3. Numeracy

    The Numeracy area aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills in the areas of

  • money
  • time
  • 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
  • health
  • communication – verbal and non-verbal.


6. Specialist Programs

    Specialist programs area aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills in the areas of:

  • Visual Art
  • Music
  • Design and Technology (Cooking)
  • Digital Technology
  • Health and Physical Education