VCE Vocational Specialisation

What is VCE – Vocational Specialisation?

The VCE – Vocational Specialisation pathway is a two – three year program that allows you to complete practical work-related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal skills that are important for life and work.

Please note; Information regarding this pathway is still in development by VCAA so information listed below will be routinely updated to ensure correct information is provided to students and parents/carers.

Some points that may clarify how this pathway works include;

  • If you choose to do Vocational Specialisation, you will gain practical experience and ‘employability’ skills as well as the skills you will need to go onto further training in the workplace or at a TAFE institute.
  • Benefit greatly from being able to network with potential employers and/or try out an industry to see whether they are interested in going on to an apprenticeship or traineeship.
  • As part of your enrolment, you are required to enrol in a VET course. All students are encouraged to find an employer in their chosen VET area, who is prepared to provide work placement for them during the second term. If this is not achieved students will be removed from this pathway to mainstream VCE.
  • Students enrolled in Vocational Specialisation must complete a set amount of Structured Work Placement hours over the two years.

What do I need to do to satisfactorily complete my VCE – Vocational Specialisation certificate?

To successfully complete a VCE certificate, students must complete a minimum of 16 units. With this pathway these are made from units drawn from the areas of Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development Skills, Work Related Skills and Industry Specific Skills. Students must satisfactorily complete VET units as well as complete mandatory work placement hours.

How is the course structured at Lyndhurst Secondary College?

As the course commences in 2023, the college will be providing information to students and parents regarding the development of this program over the 2022 school year.

What is work placement and how do I go about seeking out an appropriate placement?

A work placement is an opportunity given to VCE – Vocational Specialisation students. It allows them to gain practical experience in a workplace associated with their VET course.

It is the student’s responsibility to seek out an appropriate work placement. Assistance may be given via the Careers team; however, we need students to use their networking skills to find an appropriate placement. It is advisable that you begin with focusing on contacts you or your family or friends know. By doing this you are more likely to be given a more meaningful placement that will be more satisfying and rewarding. Students are strongly advised to check with their training provider to ensure that the placement they are considering satisfies the requirements of their VET course.

There are numerous legal issues concerning work placement and work experience. Students must make sure the relevant legal forms are completed before commencing a placement. Students must also consider travel arrangements when organising their work placement.

Is VCE – Vocational Specialisation for you?

If you are seriously considering this as an option, it is vital you read through the following points. You need to be able to confidently tick each point. If you have any questions or uncertainties, please make sure you speak to the Senior Sub School or Careers staff.

  • VCE – Vocational Specialisation is not a course for students intending going on to university or needing an ATAR score.
  • It is a course suited for young people who wish to gain an apprenticeship or traineeship.
  • If intending going onto TAFE at the end of Year 12, students should carefully check that they are able to qualify for their TAFE course.
  • A VET/TAFE course must be studied as part of the VCE – Vocational Specialisation certificate.
  • Although the VET/TAFE component of the program is heavily subsidised by government funding, students will need to pay materials costs of between $50-$800 per year depending on their chosen VET/TAFE course. Please note this must be paid on course counselling day.
  • VET/TAFE attendance may require students to be able to make their own way to the location the course is being taught at. This will be at the students own expense. 
  • Work placement will need to be linked to the VET/TAFE course you are enrolled in.
  • Attendance at school, TAFE and work placement is vital if you are to complete your VCE certificate.
  • Although students will be completing more practical subjects, there is still a writing/theory and assessment components to all classes including VET/TAFE. This includes the completion of the General Achievement Test (GAT).

As this is a VCE certificate, please ensure you also take the time to carefully read all expectations of the VCE as this certificate is bound by the same requirements.

If you are unsure about any of the following points, or how this could affect you please ensure you speak to the Senior Sub School or Careers Team.