The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) for Years 11 and 12 is a recognised senior qualification. In 2021 Croxton School is piloting a Year 11 VCAL program at our Transition Learning Centre situated at Thornbury High School. We are hoping to offer VCAL to students beyond 2021 on both Northcote and TLC campuses. VCAL focuses on applied and real-life learning. Students who participate in VCAL are more likely to be interested in going on to training at TAFE, doing an apprenticeship, or getting a job after completing Year 12. Students who participate in the Croxton VCAL program are generally aged between 16 and 18 years and have been assessed as eligible for Special School enrolment.


The four compulsory strands are:

  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Work Related skills
  • Industry Specific skills
  • Personal Development skills

The VCAL has three award levels

  • Foundation
  • Intermediate
  • Senior

Croxton School only offers VCAL Foundation and is generally delivered over two years. VCAL’s flexibility enables students to design a study program that suits their interests and learning needs. Students can select accredited Vocational Education and Training (VET) modules and units. Some programs within the four VCAL strands include:

  • Literacy and Numeracy:
  • Foundation VCAL Literacy and Numeracy learning outcomes
  • Budgeting program
  • SYN Radio

Personal Development Skills

  • VCAL Personal Dev. Units 1 and 2
  • Driver Education
  • Sex Education/ Parenting program
  • ADVANCE Program
  • CPR and First Aid Training
  • Barista Training
  • Out and About program
  • Cafe
  • Health/Wellbeing
  • Fitness

Work Related Skills Units 1 and 2:

  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Industry Visits
  • Safe at Work
  • Job Well Done
  • Travel Training
  • Resumes and Portfolios
  • Interview Techniques
  • Structured workplace learning and placement

Vocational Education and Training: selected units from:

  • Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen operations)
  • Certificate II in Horticulture
  • Certificate II in Automotive
  • Certificate II in Salon Assistant and Retail Cosmetics

School Based Apprenticeship Training opportunities:

  • Certificate II in Food Processing
  • Certificate III in Community Service
  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Supporting students with Careers and Transitioning to Post School Options:
During secondary and senior years, students are supported through a variety of programs and collaboration between staff and families to ensure a successful transition into further education, training, transition to employment and leisure programs when students leave school. Staff work closely with families to assist in planning each student’s individual post school option plan.

VCAL 2022 Croxton Handbook

VCAL 2022 information for Year 11 and 12