VCAL is a recognised senior secondary qualification designed to improve basic Literacy, Numeracy, Work and Personal Development Skills based on students’ own Individual Learning Plans. A key feature of the program is Pathways and students are guided through career and employment planning. Our students have gone on to jobs in a variety of industries including childcare, photography, building, automotive, retail, hospitality, animal care, security, administration, hair and beauty and more.
Foundation VCAL provides students with regular assistance as they work through the program.
Foundation VCAL has four compulsory strands of study, which are:
LITERACY AND NUMERACY SKILLS
The VCAL program includes literacy and numeracy subjects. These can be selected from VCAL literacy skills and VCAL numeracy skills units and further education studies such as the Certificate in General Education for Adults. If you have missed out on some important numeracy and literacy skills we will help you catch up as well as teaching you lots of very practical literacy and numeracy skills like how to write a letter of application for a job or a letter of complaint about a faulty product. You will learn practical numeracy much of which you can apply to your own life or future career.
INDUSTRY SPECIFIC SKILLS
Your VCAL program at Foundation level may include components of nationally recognised VET qualifications. However, you are not required to focus on, or complete, any single VET certificate. For example, you can choose to complete various units of competency from a range of VET certificates to meet the VCAL requirements and gain experience in a range of vocational areas. The range of VET options is extensive. Some examples are automotive, engineering, building and construction, hospitality, retail, multimedia, information technology, agriculture, horticulture, warehousing and hair and beauty. VET options can be accessed at a range of providers. Some students do their VET at DVLC and others do it externally.
WORK RELATED SKILLS
You will study units and modules that will help prepare you for work, for example occupational health and safety or job interview skills. This will help develop employability skills, VCAL gives you the choice of undertaking a structured work placement, or a part-time apprenticeship/traineeship, or part-time work.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS
As part of your VCAL program you will participate in projects and activities in your community or school that will help develop your teamwork skills, self-confidence and other skills important for life and work. In the past students DVLC VCAL students have worked on projects including art, sport, community service, wilderness journey and cooking.
You begin VCAL at an appropriate level to your needs and capabilities. It doesn’t matter what education you have missed out on in the past. We will work out what the most suitable VCAL level for you to start in by having you complete some very low stress tests. It is our job to make sure the course you enrol in is right for you.
Fees for 2020 include tuition, materials and student amenities fees. Extra charges that are not applied to course fees are camps and excursions. Payments for these are to be made separately.
Basic: $1300 ($325 per term)
Concession: $660* ($165 per term)
*Concession fee applies only if you have a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card.
Payments by instalment: Payments of $325 (basic) or $165 (concession) are due at the beginning of each term. Payment can be made at reception by cash, cheque or EFTPOS. Or you can pay by credit card over the phone. You can also set up direct debit with your bank to the Diamond Valley Learning Centre CBA account:
Reference: please use student’s name
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
Students with a disability are encouraged to apply.
Melbourne Polytechnic campus
61 Civic Drive
GREENSBOROUGH VIC 3088
Enrol at: DVLC main campus
1 Diamond Creek Road
GREENSBOROUGH VIC 3088
|LIT011||Foundation VCAL Literacy Reading & Writing|
|LIT012||Foundation VCAL Literacy Oral Communication|
|NUM011||Foundation VCAL Numeracy|
|PDS011||Foundation VCAL Personal Development Skills Unit 1|
|PDS012||Foundation VCAL Personal Development Skills Unit 2|
|WRS011||Foundation VCAL Work Related Skills Unit 1|
|WRS012||Foundation VCAL Work Related Skills Unit 2|
|VU21325||Engage with texts of limited complexity for personal purposes|
|VU21324||Plan and undertake a project|
|VU21326||Engage with texts of limited complexity for learning purposes|
|VU21329||Create texts of limited complexity for personal purposes|
|VU21330||Create texts of limited complexity for learning purposes|
|VU21333||Work with a range of numbers and money in familiar and routine situations|
|VU21334||Work with and interpret directions in familiar and routine situations|
|VU21335||Work with measurement in familiar and routine situations|
|VU21336||Work with design and shape in familiar and routine situations|
|3769RSVCAL1||Building Resilience 1|
|3769RSVCAL 2||Building resilience 2|
If you want to carry over units from courses you have done in the past or if you believe you are eligible for RPL please ensure you tell the VCAL coordinator at the time of enquiry about the course so the correct process can be put in place in time for your enrolment.
Call us on 03 9435 9060. We will ask for your contact details plus some information on why you want to enrol at DVLC. This will then be passed on to VCAL staff who will call you to arrange a time for you to come in an meet us and start the enrolment process if you wish to go ahead.