Vocational & Applied Learning

As part of their senior schooling, students are able to study courses that not only contribute towards their VCE, VCAL and ATAR (with certain restrictions), but also give them an industry recognised qualification when they complete that course. The courses are called Vocational Education and Training and can be studied at school or through another Registered Training Organisation such as TAFE.

Our students undertake VET courses with a range of training organisations, including IVET, Kangan Institute, Victoria University, NCAT and Box Hill Institute.

Students can complete VET Sport and Recreation here at Mount Ridley College. Externally there is a wide range of VET courses that students can access including Allied Health, Building and Construction, Electrotechnology, Hospitality, Hair and Beauty, Automotive, Plumbing and many more!



The VET (Vocational Education Training) in school’s program combines general VCE studies with vocational training and experience in the workforce. VET programs have become fully integrated into the VCE. This means that they have been developed as independent studies at Units 1, 2, 3 and 4 level. All VET programs have full VCE study status. VET provides additional breadth to the VCE and gives students a nationally recognised training credential endorsed by industry and an ability to contribute towards further education and training courses.

There are two options available as to where VET courses can be completed:

  • On site at Mount Ridley P-12 College, for limited units.
  • Off site at either a TAFE, Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or alternative Secondary College on a Wednesday

VET is suited towards students who:

  • Are thinking of obtaining an apprenticeship or traineeship after school;
  • Are already skilled in an industry area and can gain excellent study scores for university entry;
  • Are interested in developing a practical skills base for diploma and degree level courses;
  • Would like to gain an industry qualification, as well as their VCE or VCAL;
  • Enjoy practical based learning environments;
  • Want to keep their options open after completing Year 12;
  • Want to obtain part-time work in an industry.


The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) provides students with an opportunity to study a combination of VCAL, VET and VCE units.

VCAL gives students practical work-related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal skills that are important for life and work. Like the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), the VCAL is a recognised senior secondary qualification.

Students who do the VCAL are likely to be interested in going on to training at a Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institute, starting an apprenticeship, or getting a job after completing school. Through a VCAL learning program students have an opportunity to build a flexible pathway to the workforce, further vocational training, apprenticeships or traineeships.

The VCAL has three certificate levels: Foundation, Intermediate and Senior. The three certificate levels cater for a range of students with different abilities and interests. They also provide a progression in the development of skills, knowledge and attributes. At Mount Ridley P-12 College we offer transition from Year 10 into a Foundation or Intermediate Program. It usually takes one year to complete a VCAL level.

Mount Ridley College offers VCAL school based classes over three days (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday). The three school based days included:

  • Numeracy;
  • Literacy;
  • Work Related Skills;
  • Personal Development Skills; and
  • Project Based Learning.

On the other two days of the week students are required to complete their chosen TAFE course  (Wednesday) and find a work placement for each Friday.

In order to be considered for selection in the VCAL program at Mount Ridley College students are required to submit an expression of interest, nominating and justifying 3 VET courses they wish to undertake. Students are also required to have a teacher support their application for entering the VCAL program. Students will be interviewed by the Director of Vocational and Applied Learning and/or the VCAL Coordinator. A parent or guardian will need to be in attendance at the interview as well.