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The VCE Vocational Major

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The VCE Vocational Major is a new two-year senior secondary program that sits within the VCE.

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Focused on putting practical life skills into action in a real-world environment, and incorporating community-based activities and teamwork, this program offers a pathway into apprenticeships, traineeships, further education, or directly into a job.

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You’ll study at least 16 units over two years including the core units of Literacy, Numeracy, Work Related Skills, and Personal Development Skills.

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[In a large room with desks, computers and technical equipment, a young woman sits working with a small tool. On-screen text: 180 hours Vocational Education.]

You’ll also complete 180 hours of Vocational Education and training at Certificate 2 level.

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Choose what suits your interests with elective subjects like Automotive, Health, or Hair and Beauty. It’s up to you.

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You can also choose other VCE units like Biology or Business Management, or gain credit through structured workplace learning recognition for on-the-job training or work placements.

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Assessments are made in class with no external examinations apart from the General Achievement Test or any scored VET units you enrol in.

[Symbols of the VCE Vocational Major Certificate, a document and satchel, and hands holding a person.]

The VCE Vocational Major develops a range of work related, and personal everyday skills you’ll need in life.

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It’s a good option if you prefer practical learning and don’t need an ATAR when you finish school.

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Talk to your Careers Practitioner to help choose a pathway that best suits you.

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Authorised by the Victorian Government Melbourne.                         

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Reviewed 23 January 2023