Students normally begin secondary school when they reach Year 7. In Years 11 and 12 students will study towards a senior secondary certificate.
There are different certificates which are suited for different styles of learning. Each certificate offers different subjects, study areas and learning environments.
Victorian Certificate in Education – VCE
VCE provides diverse pathways to further study or training at university or TAFE and to employment. The majority of students in Victoria receive their VCE on satisfactory completion of their secondary education. It is one of many pathways for students to achieve their career goals and students should be encouraged to explore all available options.
Vocational Education Training – VET in Schools
VET allows students to combine both their general and vocational (industry based) studies. This provides the opportunity to build a practical knowledge of the workplace and direct experiences of business in a range of industry areas. Students have the opportunity to explore training in areas that will enhance their pathway choices in the future.
Students can gain credit into their Victorian senior secondary certificate through undertaking VET either through their VCE studies or VCAL. For more information on VET in Schools visit the Department of Education and Training website.
Victorian Certificate Applied Learning – VCAL
VCAL is a hands-on style of learning designed to provide students with work-related experience, literacy and numeracy skills and an opportunity to develop personal skills. It is a recognised senior secondary qualification for students in Years 11 and 12 which can lead to apprenticeships, TAFE or further training or employment.
School Based Apprenticeship Traineeship – SBATs
Students over the age of 15 who are enrolled in VET or VCAL can complete a Schools Based Apprenticeship Traineeship. This combines part-time employment, school and training.