Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

The VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) is a hands-on option for students in their final years of schooling, offering practical work-related experiences and learning.

VCAL is a recognised qualification that has three award levels – Foundation, Intermediate and Senior. At Peninsula Specialist College (PSC) students undertake and are assessed on Foundation VCAL over three years. Fully accredited modules and units of competency are selected from the four curriculum strands:

  • Literacy and Numeracy Skills
  • Work Related Skills
  • Personal Development Skills
  • Industry Specific Skills

As part of their VCAL studies, students also complete a range of Industry Specific Vocational Education and Training in schools programs. These programs include our Hospitality, Parks and Gardens and Chisholm Circle Program and been selected with local employment opportunities in mind.

Peninsula Specialist College provides a VCAL program which not only gives student valuable experiences for the work place and life beyond school, but also engages students in interesting and fun activities.

Parks and Gardens Summary:

In conjunction with Advance Community College and ATEP, Peninsula Specialist College runs a school-based traineeship in Parks and Gardens. This program is available to VCAL students and allows students to develop work skills and experience what it is like to be an employee in a safe and supportive environment. In order to meet the requirements of the Certificate II in Parks and Gardens,  students complete a combination of theory and hands-on practical tasks.

Hospitality Summary:

In conjunction with Advance Community College, Peninsula Specialist College runs an accredited Hospitality program. This program is available to our VCAL students and allows students to develop general work skills and industry specific skills. Students complete five units of competency from a Certificate II in Hospitality and produce restaurant quality meals! In order to meet the requirements of their units of competency, students complete a range of written theory, role-plays and hands-on practical work.

Chisholm Circle Program Summary:

Peninsula Specialist College runs a “Circle Program” at Chisholm’s Mornington Peninsula Campus. This program allows our VCAL students to complete units from a range of competencies, including Health, Tourism and Foundation Skills. This program is delivered on site at Chisholm by registered trainers and in addition to achieving nationally recognised units of competency, allows students to experience a TAFE setting and expectations.