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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 a hands-on teaching.

This 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.

Holmesglen 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 curriculum promotes equal rights for all;  freedom of religion;  freedom of speech and association; and the values of openness and tolerance.


Are you 16-19 years old? Do you need support with your learning and/or social skills? Did you get help from a teacher's aide in class?

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Foundation course will help you develop skills related to work, literacy, numeracy as well as personal development and industry specific skills.

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 suited to vocational education and a hands-on teaching and learning style.

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.

The VCAL Intermediate curriculum promotes equal rights for all; freedom of religion; freedom of speech and association; and the values of openness and tolerance.


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.

In VCAL senior, you will complete a Year 12 qualification and accredited training in your chosen career path at the same time (there are a variety of options to choose from to suit your needs).

You will be well prepared to continue in education pathways through further TAFE certificates and diploma courses, including pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships.  

You will be one step closer to attaining your career goals.