VET and VCAL

Mater Christi College students are motivated learners who graduate with region leading academic and vocational results and the confidence to pursue their dreams. At Mater Christi College, we actively assist students with careers and pathways planning.

Girls are encouraged to focus on their own choices and to use their knowledge and skills to manage their own future pathways.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

VET provides an opportunity for schools, training institutes and industry to work together in preparing students for employment and further training.

Mater Christi College offers VET courses that contribute to satisfactory completion of the VCE, VCAL and provide a VET credential that is recognised nationally. Some VET programs offer VCE Units 3 & 4 status and can be included in the calculation of the ATAR. Details of this should be confirmed with the Pathways Co-ordinator or Careers Co-ordinator.

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

While the VCE is a good option for students who would like to go on to further education at university, there are alternative pathways. The VCAL program is an accredited senior secondary qualification undertaken in Years 11 and 12 and based on practical experiences, also known as applied learning.

VCAL provides practical experience and employability skills, as well as the skills for further training in the workplace or at TAFE.

School-based Apprenticeships or Traineeships

School-based Apprenticeships or Traineeships also provide vocational options that contribute to the VCE. Students can be in paid work and engaged in a training contract. This program would then include:

  • VCE/VCAL studies at school
  • Vocational training at a Registered Training Organisation, e.g. a TAFE institute
  • Part-time, paid work training the industry