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.
Career opportunities, include:
- open or supported employment opportunities
- traineeships and apprenticeships.
Pathways to further study:
- 22566VIC Certificate I in Work Education
- 22567VIC Certificate I in Transition Education
- Certificates in General Education for Adults
- Certificate I, II or III courses
- Paid or voluntary work
- Open or supported employment
- Community activities
Studying the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Foundation) at Holmesglen
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 two weeks of structured workplace learning and a two-night camp.
As this is not a vocationally specific course, future job roles are varied. Some students are employed in open employment, others work in supported workplaces. Students seeking employment are referred to Disability Employment Services on completion of the course. Students typically undertake entry level positions in industries such as:
• building trades
• business services
• community services
You will study the following core subjects:
- community access,
- cooking and nutrition
- group project
- personal development
- voluntary work
- weekly meeting and guest speaker
- work-related skills.
You will choose six industry-specific electives. Electives are subject to change.
- carpentry and joinery
- furniture trades
- hair and beauty
- outdoor education
- painting and decorating
- sport and fitness
- technical drawing
- tile laying.
Creative/personal development options
- creative writing
- digital design
- film making
- nail art
- self defence
- student news
- web/app design.
||Literacy Skills Foundation Oral Communication
||Develop and document a learning plan and portfolio
||Identify the Australian electoral system
||Personal Development Skills Foundation Unit 2
||Literacy Skills Foundation Reading And Writing
||Work Related Skills Foundation Unit 1
||Operate word-processing applications
||Personal Development Skills Foundation Unit 1
||Investigate current issues
||Develop verbal commuication skills
||Numeracy Skills Foundation
||Work in a team
||Be an effective volunteer
||Organise and complete daily work activities
||Source and present information
||Participate in workplace health and safety
||Work Related Skills Foundation Unit 2
||Investigate driving and owning a car
||Plan and undertake a project
||Undertake a simple investigation of health and wellbeing
||Identify features of the health care system
| Code || Name |
|LIT012||Literacy Skills Foundation Oral Communication|
|VU22384||Develop and document a learning plan and portfolio|
|VU22408||Identify the Australian electoral system|
|PDS012||Personal Development Skills Foundation Unit 2|
|LIT011||Literacy Skills Foundation Reading And Writing|
|WRS011||Work Related Skills Foundation Unit 1|
|ICTICT102||Operate word-processing applications|
|PDS011||Personal Development Skills Foundation Unit 1|
|VU22445||Investigate current issues|
|VU22374||Develop verbal commuication skills|
|NUM011||Numeracy Skills Foundation|
|PUATEA001||Work in a team|
|CHCVOL001||Be an effective volunteer|
|BSBWOR202||Organise and complete daily work activities|
|SITXCOM001||Source and present information|
|HLTWHS001||Participate in workplace health and safety|
|WRS012||Work Related Skills Foundation Unit 2|
|VU22410||Investigate driving and owning a car|
|VU22385||Plan and undertake a project|
|VU22402||Undertake a simple investigation of health and wellbeing|
|VU22381||Identify features of the health care system|
Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.
Students must be at least 16 years of age.
Students are required to attend an interview with a parent or carer to determine their suitability for the course. Students must be 16-19 years old and have additional learning support needs.
Students entering the course are typically transitioning from school. They come from a range of settings including:
Pathways into course -
• public secondary colleges
• private schools
• Catholic schools
• specialist schools
• community education settings.
Some students may have been home schooled or have not been attending school prior to enrolment in the course.
To be eligible for the course, students need to show evidence of an additional learning need e.g. psychometric assessment, evidence of receiving learning support at school, evidence of attending a specialist school, referral from a psychologist or education provider.
Recognition of prior learning
You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.
Qualification and recognition
On completion, students will received the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Foundation).
How to apply
Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.
Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.
Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.
|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Full Fee||$18,750.00||per annum|
|Government subsidised||$1,850.00||per annum|
|Mandatory Materials and Activities fees * (GST inc)
|Materials fee||$0.00||per annum|
|Activities fee||$850.00||per annum|
Additional costs may also apply for course consumables and other costs. These may include consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and other costs such as immunisation costs, National Police Check and Working with Children Check for relevant courses.
To view the additional costs that may apply to your course, download a full list of estimated additional costs by course (PDF - 102kb).
All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession