Quality Outcomes through VCAL

Copperfield College is highly regarded throughout Victoria for the quality of its Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program and the successful outcomes achieved by its VCAL students. Its VCAL program has been developed over the past ten years at its Senior Campus located at Delahey.

Students in VCAL at Copperfield College complete their certificate over year 11 and year 12, achieving outcomes in Literacy and Numeracy, Industry Specific and Work Related areas and Personal Development to satisfy the requirements for VCAL Foundation and Intermediate certificates in year 11 and then a VCAL Senior certificate in year 12.

All VCAL students at Copperfield College must study an approved Vocational Education and Training (VET) subject as part of their program. Completing a VET course of study provides students with a national qualification at either Certificate II or III level.This qualification by itself can be sufficient to enter the workforce or an industry, but can also be an effective pathway into further study at a TAFE or University.

Over 300 VCAL and VCE students from Copperfield College study their VET in the Brimbank Cluster. This Cluster caters for over 1300 students from neighbouring schools who study VET subjects at schools and tertiary institutions in the local area.

All VCAL Students at Copperfield College must also undertake a Structured Workplace Learning placement as part of their program. The College has a Placement Officer at the Delahey Campus to assist VCAL students in their placement. Year 11 VCAL students are expected to have their work placement organised by Term 2, and Year 12 VCAL students by the end of February.

Where possible, a VCAL student studies their subjects in a class with other students studying the same VET. This allows for class activities and work requirements to be ‘themed’ around the industry pathway for which a VCAL student is focussed.

Copperfield College has a team of coordinators who are available to discuss a VCAL pathway for any Copperfield College student. Students and their parents are encouraged to discuss this pathway with the relevant Junior Campus Leader or Course Counsellor also.

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