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The Holmesglen Vocational College offers a six month VCAL Foundation program to young people who recognise their learning style is suited to vocational education and hands-on teaching.

This VCAL Foundation program is aimed at students who are half way through Year 10 and want to make the transition to an adult learning environment to complete their Senior Secondary certificate in VCAL.

Our Vocational College VCAL Foundation program has clear pathways into VCAL Intermediate, VCAL Senior (equivalent Year 12) and further TAFE courses and apprenticeships.

Students get the opportunity to gain a sense of belonging within a new, supportive and rewarding environment.

Strong literacy, numeracy and employability skills components are the focus, where you will experience personal development and growth, and engage in a variety of projects and activities within the Holmesglen setting and the surrounding community.

You will also arrange an 'end of semester event', which will involve working in a variety of industries, gaining hands on experience in a professional setting.

The VCAL Foundation program encourages diversity and ensures everyone has equal rights and a tailored learning approach to suit the individual.


This Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Foundation course is ideal for 16-19 year olds looking to develop work, literacy and numeracy skills, as well as personal development and industry-specific skills.

If you need support with your learning and/or social skills and previously received help from a teacher's aide in class, Holmesglen's VCAL Foundation with Additional Support can continue that assistance model for you.

You will take part in practical studies and complete projects based on real-world situations. Your classes will be adapted to suit your interests, abilities and strengths.

The VCAL Foundation curriculum promotes the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including a commitment to elected government; the rule of law; equal rights for all before the law; freedom of religion; freedom of speech and association; and the values of openness and tolerance.

You will study in groups of 10 or 11.

The course includes four weeks of structured workplace learning and a two-night camp.


Holmesglen Vocational College offers a 12 month VCAL Intermediate course to young people who recognise that their career path is better suited to a vocational education setting, with a hands-on learning and teaching style, rather than a school setting.

This course is aimed at students who have completed year 10 (or equivalent) and want to make the transition to an adult learning environment to complete their Senior Secondary Certificate in VCAL.

This course explores a variety of projects and engages with the community, excursions and camps, with clear pathways into VCAL Senior (equivalent Year 12) and further TAFE courses and apprenticeships.

You will get the opportunity to gain a sense of belonging within a new, supportive and rewarding environment.

Strong literacy, numeracy, employability skills and structured work placement learning (placements) are the focus, where you will experience personal development and growth, and thrive in an excellent alternative to VCE.


Holmesglen Vocational College offers VCAL Senior to young people who recognise that their career path is suited to vocational education and a hands on teaching and learning style, in an adult learning environment.

Moorabbin and Waverley Campus delivers the VCAL Senior program differently, to cater for a wider group of people. Please read below for the overview of each program. Both are delivered in a positive and supportive environment, focused on learning the way you want to be taught and how industry expects you to learn, creating opportunities for every individual.


VCAL Open Days

Studying VCAL at Holmesglen Vocational College is a proven successful pathway to both apprenticeships and further study that gives you access to all the great facilities, teachers and employment opportunities that Holmesglen has to offer. VCAL at Holmesglen Vocational College is different to secondary school. You learn all your subjects through projects in and outside the classroom and each week you spend at least two whole days trying out a range of trades and career focused courses. Visit us on Open Days to meet with coordinators and tour the facilities. At this information session, you will be able to ask questions and learn more about what is offered at Holmesglen Vocational College. Presentation to start at 6.00pm.

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Holmesglen Glen Waverley Campus, 595 Waverley Road Glen Waverley Australia

Studying VCAL at Holmesglen Vocational College is a proven successful pathway to both apprenticeships and further study that gives you access to all the great facilities, teachers and employment opportunities that Holmesglen has to offer. VCAL at Holmesglen Vocational College is different to secondary school. You learn all your subjects through projects in and outside the classroom and each week you spend at least two whole days trying out a range of trades and career focused courses. Visit us on Open Days to meet with coordinators and tour the facilities. At this information session, you will be able to ask questions and learn more about what is offered at Holmesglen Vocational College. Presentation to start at 6.00pm.

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Holmesglen Moorabbin Campus, 488 South Road Moorabbin 3189 Australia

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