Victoria University Secondary College offers a diverse range of opportunities, experiences and programs of study for students in Years 11 and 12.

Students are encouraged to be brave and creative when thinking about their future and bring it to reality through education. Our senior staff will assist students to plan a rewarding study program that will help them achieve their personal goals, and our Careers and Pathways team works with students to develop and manage each student’s individual pathway to a great future. Pathway options are many and varied, and students are encouraged to look for ways to keep their options open and enjoy the journey.

Studying for VCE and VCAL certificates present what is often the biggest challenge students have yet faced in their lives. As a college we aim to see all of our students succeed; to reach the goals they set for themselves; to develop their academic and creative talents and to be well prepared to live happy and fulfilled lives in an ever-changing world. Achievement of this goal is most likely when the school, the teachers, the student and the family work closely together.

Aristotle said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”

We want our students to achieve excellence. Our staff are highly talented and committed to using their skills to help students achieve just that. As a college we urge all students to take advantage of this during their final years of secondary schooling, set their goals and reach great heights.

Victoria University Secondary College offers two Senior Certificate courses:

  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

Within these two courses students may undertake:

  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) subjects
  • Apprenticeships/Traineeships known as Australian School based Apprenticeships (ASbA)

At VUSC we offer an extensive range of subject choices for students within both Certificates. Full details of the VCE, VET and VCAL subjects offered are outlined in the Later Years Handbook.



The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is a two year course of study.

Students must satisfactorily complete at least 16 units in order to be awarded the Certificate. Included in these 16 units must be:

At least three English related units from:

  • English Units 1-4
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) Units 1-4
  • English Literature Units 1-4

To satisfactorily complete a unit, students must satisfactorily complete all of the assessment tasks above 40% and work requirements, and attend at least 90% of timetabled classes for the unit.

Upon successful completion of the VCE, students may go on to tertiary study at university or TAFE, begin an apprenticeship or traineeship, or enter the workforce.

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

Students who complete VCE and satisfy the requirements receive an ATAR score which may be used for entry into a range of tertiary courses.

Details about how the ATAR is calculated are included in the Later Years Handbook.



The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a Senior School qualification designed to provide additional pathways for Year 11 and 12 students interested in vocationally orientated career options such as traineeships, apprenticeships, diplomas and advanced diplomas, and employment.

It is a two year course of study, however it is an alternative pathway to the VCE and offers a different style of learning where students learn through practical activities, work placements and community partnerships. Students are not required to sit exams if they are studying the VCAL and are not issued with an ATAR score.

Upon successful completion of the VCAL, students may go on to further study at TAFE, begin an apprenticeship or traineeship, or enter the workforce. Successful completion of many TAFE courses allows students to commence further studies at university.

VCAL is offered at three Certificate levels – Foundation, Intermediate and Senior, depending upon the needs and abilities of the student. Students attend school for three days per week, VET for one day a week and structured workplace learning for one day a week.

VCAL has four compulsory strands:

  • Literacy and Numeracy Skills
  • Personal Development Skills
  • Work Related Skills
  • Industry Specific Skills (VET)

The Literacy and Numeracy, Personal Development and Work Related strands are delivered through a program run at the college. The Industry Specific Skills strand is delivered through enrolment in a VET course. Students must be enrolled in a VET course and undertake a structured workplace learning arrangement in order to successfully complete their VCAL certificate.



Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses provide an opportunity for students to gain a nationally recognised vocational qualification as part of either their VCE or VCAL Certificate.

VET is a two year program combining general VCE or VCAL studies and accredited vocational education and training. It enables students to complete a nationally recognised vocational qualification and senior certificate at the same time. VET focuses on students developing industry specific and workplace skills, and is designed to meet the needs of industry.

VET courses are delivered by a Registered Training Organisation, such as a TAFE, and may include a Structured Workplace Learning Placement component, where students demonstrate acquired skills and knowledge in an industry setting. The VET course may be delivered at a TAFE or a host secondary school.

VET programs can contribute to the student’s ATAR score, either as a 10% increment or as a Study Score derived from course work tasks and an end of year exam. VET programs articulate directly into further education and training at TAFE.

Students undertaking a VET course will incur an additional cost to cover materials and consumables. Full payment of fees must be made at enrolment.

VCE students may undertake VET programs offered at VUSC only. VCAL students may enrol in any VET course offered in the Brimbank VET Cluster. The Brimbank VET Cluster comprises 10 secondary schools and as a whole, offers a full range of VET courses. Please see the Later Years Handbook for more information.

VUSC currently offers the following VET courses:

  • Certificate II in Building and Construction – Trade Training Centre
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology – Trade Training Centre
  • Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology – VUSC Senior Campus
  • Certificate II in Business Administration – VUSC Senior Campus
  • Certificate III in Sport and Recreation (Fitness Focus) – VUSC Senior Campus
  • Certificate III in Sport and Recreation (Rugby League Focus) – VUSC Senior Campus



HEADSTART is putting a student into the workforce while they are still in school by starting a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship.

Students can choose Apprenticeship and Traineeship courses in key industries such as building & construction, community services & health, business and primary industries.

How HEADSTART works with schools

Depending on what the employer needs, students will go to school some days and work on other days. As a minimum, students will undertake paid employment for: 

  • One day a week in Year 10
  • Two days a week in Year 11
  • Three days a week in Year 12

What do students get?

  • A HEADSTART Pathway Plan tailored to the specific needs of the student and the employer
  • One-to-one support from a HEADSTART Coordinator to keep students on the right track
  • Quality RTO Certificate III training
  • A VCAL Certificate
  • Significant progress towards, or completion of a Certificate III trade qualification
  • Part-time employment that transitions to full time when the student completes Year 12

Fees may apply to cover the costs of tuition and service fees, equipment, clothing and tools. 

Students are invited to speak to the Careers Team to find out what programs are available and how to apply for HEADSTART


Check out the videos below for more information and to hear from students, parents and employers about their HEADSTART experience. 


HeadStart – Compilation

HeadStart – Employer – CS Landscaping

HeadStart – Hear from parents

HeadStart – Hear from students