Brauer College has welcomed a VCE overhaul, with a new-look vocational program to replace the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) from 2023.
The VCE Vocational Major is a new two-year vocational pathway program that will replace Intermediate and Senior VCAL.
Students in years 11 and 12 will be able to complete academic and vocational subjects, in a bid to provide education alongside engaging workplace experiences, and greater future career options.
The new certificate will provide all senior secondary students with access to the best aspects of both VCAL and VCE - delivering high-quality vocational and applied learning opportunities to more senior secondary students.
Brauer College acting assistant principal Hugh Richards said it was exciting and the program would provide greater student flexibility and movement between academic and vocational subjects.
Mr Richards said the college would run pilot subjects next year, ahead of the 2023 roll-out.
He said students completing their VCE, with scored assessments and an ATAR at year's end, could also complete majors in vocational areas including VCE engineering, VCE building and construction and VCE hospitality.
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"There are still vocational requirements," Mr Richards said. "They're still going to have to Vocational Education and Training (VET) units and work-related skills and personal development units but if they wanted to do a high-level English or a high-level maths they can do that too," he said.
"It's very early days, but we're hopeful it will provide a lot more pathways for our students through senior programs and also provide some really good career pathways for students too."
He said VCE and VCAL were separate programs and "were intended to be equivalent programs" but over the years VCAL, had received some unfair stigma and was viewed as the lesser option in some circles.
"VCAL has, in some schools, got a bad reputation because it's been seen as a bit of a dumping ground for kids that don't want to do VCE and it was never intended to be that," Mr Richards said.
"VCAL was intended to be a pathway into a vocational career. They have expanded greatly to recognise how much we need community services and hospitality. It's not just about trades anymore. It's a good time to look at that and re-jig it."
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