Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning Youth (Intermediate) - (VCAL)

Course Code VCALINT001
Locations Warrnambool, Portland, Hamilton, Colac
Study Mode Full-time, On Campus
Length 1 year
Commencement Apply any time
Timetable 4 days per week, 5 hours per day
Course Overview

VCAL Intermediate is a Year 11 equivalent qualification that provides students a chance to experience the training and qualification options that best suit their needs and interests. It is directed towards young people who want to learn in a supported yet relaxed environment away from mainstream schooling. VCAL provides practical experiences as well as allowing students to sample a range careers across various local industries, to help determine their interests and strengths for their chosen career. This program is targeted at students aged between 15-20 years that are early school leavers, home schooled, students disengaged or at risk of disengaging from formal schooling, unemployed youth, or those seeking pre-apprenticeships.


What will I Learn?

Intermediate VCAL students will learn a range of skills through teacher guided, project-based, hands-on learning including literacy, numeracy, personal development and work-related skills.

They will investigate and experience a number of different industries and job pathways in their chosen area. Intermediate VCAL students will continue to develop the skills required for them to remain engaged in education. While enrolled in this course, students also have the option of completing a work placement, which will be supported by South West TAFE.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Intermediate VCAL is a Year 11, Senior Secondary equivalent qualification. The skills and knowledge gained through this course provide students with a range of opportunities. These opportunities include transitioning into Senior VCAL (Year 12 equivalent qualification), moving into full-time work or further study.

During the Intermediate VCAL qualification, students will also have the ability to acquire an ‘industry skills set’. This skills set will include qualifications such as first aid, responsible serving of alcohol and the CI card.


As a year 11 equivalent qualification, Intermediate VCAL provides enhanced opportunities to a range of further education, training and employment options.

Through acquired skills, graduates may pursue a number of pathways. These include Senior VCAL (Year 12 equivalent) Certificate II and III courses, apprenticeships, traineeships or full-time work.


Students may have the opportunity to go on a practical work placement, supported workplace learning, and industry visits.

At Intermediate level, students may complete a 20-day work placement.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

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Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

This course is available via Direct Entry.
Direct Entry - apply directly by speaking to the Course Coordinator. Details available from the Customer Service Centre.
Entry Requirements for this course include;

  • Students are accepted into the course through an interview with the VCAL Coordinator. The students’ goals and pathways are discussed at the interview so that this can be the focus of their learning.
  • Approval from the Education Department regional managermay also be required.

Course requirements

Students are to be aged 15-20 years. To be eligible for the certificate, students must complete 10 credits for the year.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
LIT021 Literacy Skills Intermediate Reading And Writing 100 $0.00
LIT022 Literacy Skills Intermediate Oral Communication 100 $0.00
NUM021 Numeracy Skills Intermediate 100 $0.00
PDS021 Personal Development Skills Intermediate Unit 1 100 $100.00
PDS022 Personal Development Skills Intermediate Unit 2 100 $100.00
WRS021 Work Related Skills Intermediate Unit 1 100 $0.00
WRS022 Work Related Skills Intermediate Unit 2 100 $0.00

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suits your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
Create your USI
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Course Fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 2 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $2,950.00
Concession rate $590.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $12,250.00
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Fee type Indicative Course Fee
Maximum Consumable/Materials Fee $500.00
Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees

You may be required to pay the cost of some goods or materials necessary for your course, eg: tools of the trade, uniform and books. The maximum consumables/materials fees are made up of course consumables, core unit consumables and the maximum elective units you will pay.

Final costs will be determined at enrolment and you will be informed of the fees associated with course consumables and resources via your Statement of Fees. 

Which fee applies to me?

Government-subsidised rate - Skills First
You could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
Check your eligibility

Skills First Exemptions
As a Victorian Government TAFE, South West TAFE is able to provide exemptions for prospective students. Contact our Customer Service Team to find out if you are eligible for an exemption.

Concession rate
If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. You may be eligible for the concession rate. 
Find out more about concession rates

Full fee rate
If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate. 


How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email

How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank you email.
  2. Get ready - your thank-you email will contain links to a pre-training review, to a unique student identifier and to government-subsidised training eligibility.
  3. Chat with your teacher - your teacher or course specialist will contact you about your Pre-Training Review outcomes and additional course information.
  4. Enrol - after chatting with your teacher, you will receive an email with your enrolment form and a link to verify your identity.
  5. Sign - once you've completed your enrolment, you will receive a declaration form to review and sign.

If need any assistance with applying, contact our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.