Senior Student Options

A World of Options for Senior Students

If you are seeking a values-based education with a full range of options for senior students, Emmanuel College is a great choice. Emmanuel College offer a full range of options to senior students - all of the options from which to develop you own passport to a future career. Whether you are interested in VCE, VCAL, VET, while still at school, the full range of choices are available to you at Emmanuel College. A carefully structured timetable makes it easy for Year 10 students to get a head start on VCE.

These options are combined with top class facilities, expert guidance and a senior school environment that fosters mature interactions to ensure that all Emmanuel students can fully develop and make the transition from the school environment to the adult world of independent tertiary study or the workforce.

The Senior School Handbook


VCE is the Victorian state government secondary school certificate, which is recognised throughout Australia and internationally as a university entry qualification. The full certificate is studied over two years (Year 11 and 12). The VCE assists students to prepare and qualify for degree and diploma programs, at both Australian and international universities and TAFE colleges.

A study (subject) is broken up into four units. Each VCE study unit is numbered 1, 2, 3 or 4. Student programs may include some units 1 and 2 in the second or final year and/or some units 3 and 4 in the first year. Emmanuel College offers the following VCE units.


What is the VCAL?

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a senior secondary qualification equivalent to VCE that has been designed to increase the pathways for young people in Years11 and 12. VCAL prepares students for further studies in vocational education and training, and for employment. VCAL provides individual learning programs based on each student's interests and strengths and is focused on the practical application of work skills. (See also the booklets already distributed to all Year 10 students: "Where to Now?")

Who is VCAL best suited for?

• Students who wish to pursue a vocational pathway of learning.
• Students undertaking a VET program (at additional cost to school fees).
• Better suited to ‘hands-on' style of learning.
• Students wishing to undertake Australian School Based Apprenticeships.

Other requirements:
An ability to:
• Organise time and work commitments;
• Meet deadlines;
• Travel independently on public transport;
• Accept responsibility for completion of documentation and paper work; and
• Make effective use of study periods and class time.

What is in a VCAL Program?

The VCAL contains 4 strands:
• Literacy and Numeracy.
• Personal Development Skills.
• Industry Specific Skills.
• Work Related Skills.

Each strand has 3 levels:
1. Foundation.
2. Intermediate.
3. Senior

These strands may be undertaken through a specific VCAL curriculum or a combined VCAL/VCE curriculum.

What subjects do I have to study?

To achieve your VCAL certificate the subjects you study must add up to a total of 10 credit points. The credit points come from the strands that make up a VCAL certificate. The strands are Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development Skills, Industry Specific Skills (VETis subject studied at TAFE or Emmanuel College) and Work Related Skills.

How is VCAL offered at Emmanuel College?

At Emmanuel College the VCAL certificate is offered to those students who are studying Year 11 or 12. Students wishing to enrol in the VCAL certificate are required to study all VCAL strands, in order to fulfil the credit requirements.


What is an Australian School Base Apprenticeship?
Australian School Based Apprenticeships (ASBA) allows you to work as a paid apprentice whilst completing your secondary education at Emmanuel College. ASBA's are best suited for students enrolled in VCAL studies.

ASBA is a great option if you wish to enter the workforce and remain at school. The program offers you a chance to get a head start in the industry you choose whilst completing the last two years of your education.

How does ASBA work:

You will:
• Be enrolled in VCAL.
• Sign a Training Agreement, together with the employer and your parents.
• Be a paid part time worker.
• Attend TAFE or other Registered Training Organisation (RTO) one day a week, after school or on block release.
• Commit to 10-15 hrs per week in work and training.

Who is eligible for ASBA?

• Students 15 years of age or over.
• Students who attend school, enrolled in VCE or VCAL and are wishing to complete their secondary studies.
• Students in Years 11 or 12 undertaking the VCAL Certificate.
• Students who can manage their time between three settings: School, work and training.

What are the rewards for students?

• Great career prospects.
• A certificate that is recognised all over Australia.
• Getting paid for training.
• Gaining credits towards your VCAL and/or full time apprenticeships.
• Finish secondary school with two certificates (e.g. Certificate II in Retail and VCAL).
• Improved employment opportunities.



What is VETis?

Vocational Education and Training refers to enhanced senior school studies, which enable a secondary student to combine their VCE or VCAL studies in vocational training.

Features of VETis

• It is a two year program combining general VCAL or VCE studies and accredited vocational education and training.
• Enables students to complete a nationally recognised vocational qualification (e.g. Cert II in Hospitality Operations) and VCAL or VCE at the same time.
• Enables students to gain results that go toward their VCE ATAR
• Allows students to go directly into employment or receive credit towards further study.
• Focus on students developing industry specific and workplace skills.
• It is a vocationally orientated school program designed to meet the needs of industry.

How does VETis work?

A VETis in schools program is usually made up of VCE VET units, delivered by a registered training organisation (e.g. TAFE) or school.

Structured Workplace Learning

This involves an employer accepting a student on a one day a week basis (VCAL students) or a block release completed during the holidays (VCE students).

A work placement enables the student to demonstrate acquired skills and knowledge in an industry setting. During the work placement, a student will have specific tasks to undertake in order to demonstrate competence. They will be regularly monitored and may be assessed on the job.

Contribution to the VCE

VETis is fully incorporated into the VCE.
Key features include:
• VETis programs have a Unit 1 - 4 sequence.
• Of the 16 units that make up the VCE, an unlimited number can be VCE VET units.
• Up to two of the three sequences other than English, can be approved VCE VET unit 3 and 4 sequences.
• VETis programs contribute directly to the ATAR score when they have an approved Scored Assessment component or as a 5th or 6th subject.

Contribution to the VCAL

VETis is a requirement of the Intermediate & Senior VCAL Industry Specific/Work Related Skills Strand.

VETis increases Students' Learning Potential

• Broadens VCE options.
• Develops students' capacity to make decisions and solve problems.
• Helps students to gain confidence and improve communication and Interpersonal skills through learning in an adult environment.
• Fosters positive feedback by enabling students to demonstrate specific skills and competency.
• Matches student interests and career directions through the provision of strong pathways.

VETis Gives National Qualifications and Skills

• Upon completion of the program, students are awarded a nationally accredited vocational certificate.
• VETis qualification articulates directly into further education and training at TAFE through documented pathway agreements.
• VETis provides access to a range of different technologies related to the type and place of work.