Selecting your program

One of the most significant choices you are going to need to make is between undertaking a VCAL or VCE program for the final years of your secondary schooling. It's important to take the time to make the decision that is best for you.

Making the choice - VCE or VCAL?

There are two types of programs available to our students at Tarneit Senior College:

  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) OR

  • Victorial Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

Students make a choice between these two programs based around their career object and the learning that best suits their needs.

VCE or VCAL - You Decide

Before you decide which option is best for you, take a look at what some of our past and current students have to say about their choices.

Part 1 VCE 2020.mp4

VCE - Victorian Certificate of Education

Students participating in the VCE are provided with an opportunity to design a program consisting of a variety of subject to suit their interests and pathway requirements. In addition to English or EAL, students are able select from a variety of subjects and/or a VET subject. Students completing a VET as part of their VCE will gain a certificate II or above in addition to their VCE.

Students who select the VCE program are prepared for:

  • Entry into university or tafe courses .

  • Employment.


To find out more about VCE - click here


VCAL - Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning

Students participating in the VCAL are provided with an opportunity to undertake subjects that provide them with opportunity to develop employability skills and knowledge through both practical projects and learning tasks. This program strongly supports students in becoming job ready, gaining practical and hands on experience with Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) throughout their senior years.

All students undertake five compulsory subjects, including a VET certificate.

  • Literacy

  • Numeracy

  • Personal Development Skills

  • Work Related Skills

  • VET (Student Choice, depending on their chosen career pathway)

Students who select the VCAL program are prepared for:

  • Continued further study in a TAFE course

  • Finding a potential apprenticeship or traineeship

  • Employment

To find out more about VCAL - click here

Part 2 VCAL 2020.mp4