These study options can provide more pathway options towards employment.

Please use our Curriculum Handbook for full course study designs including insights from our students on some of the subjects they have studied.

2021 Curriculum Handbook

Vocational Education & Training in School (VET)

Vocational Education & Training in School (VET) involves:

  • Development of Nationally Accredited industry related skills
  • Off-the-job and/or on-the-job training
  • Entry level training (not apprenticeship level)
  • Flexibility – it enables students to obtain:
    • Credits towards VCE/VCAL qualifications
    • Accredited  Level I-III Certification
    • Contribution to the ATAR if doing VCE. Hence it provides students with a wider range of options

VET offers the following  advantages to students:

  • Can provide more pathway options towards employment
  • Students  may access more relevant programs whilst in school
  • May assist students  to gain employment or apprenticeships
  • Complete nationally accredited Vocational qualifications which may Provid credit towards further training
  • Students receive credit for a Unit 1/2 or 3/4 VCE Sequence
  • Certificate III VET courses can contribute towards the ATAR

VET encompasses three curriculum areas:

  • VET in Year 10
  • VET in VCE
  • VET as a part of VCAL – compulsary for the VCAL Program
  • Pathways (Year 10) Programs

VET Programs normally run as a ‘Block Release’ each Wednesday or Friday. There are fundamental differences between these three programs and students should be fully aware of the structural differences, assessment requirements and subsequent results obtained, and finally effect on normal studies at school.

VET Considerations

  • Usually 2 years in duration
  • May involve on-the-job training, (as part of School Based Traineeship, otherwise outsie school hours)
  • Offered through and governed  by St. Peter’s College, TAFE, other Secondary schools and private providers
  • Additional costs as associated to each year of the VET Program
  • Reduces school based subjects in Year 11/12 VCE only

In 2021 St Peter’s College will be offering the following VET courses:

  • Certificate II in Building and Construction
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology
  • Certificate II in Engineering
  • Certificate II in Information, Digital Media & Technology
  • Certificate II in Hospitality
  • Certificate III in Music Industry
  • Certificate ll in Sport & Recreation

Vocational Education & Training in School (VET)


VET in VCE/VCAL examples

Counts as Unit 1/2 or 3/4 VCE Sequence Automotive Studies
Can contribute towards ATAR Building & Construction
Usually 2 years in duration Business/Business Administration
May involve on-the-job training, (as part of School Based Traineeship, otherwise outside school hours Fashion Design & Technology
Offered through and governed by St Peter’s College, TAFE, other secondary schools and private providors CISCO Networking
Involves additional costs Community Service/Child Care
Reduces school based subjects in Year 11/12 VCE only Engineering Studies
Equine Studies/Animal Studies
Applied Fashion Design
Furniture Manufactoring
Information, Digital Media & Technology
Integrated Technology/Electrical
Media (Multimedia)
Laboratory Skills
Landscape Horticulture
Sport & Recreation


  • Nationally Accredited Vocational Qualification

Vocational Education and Training

St. Peter’s College offers the VCAL Program – a hands-on, life and work skills focussed course of studies, to interested and suitable applicants. It is available for Year 10, Year 11 and 12 students.

Participants will need to:

  • Attend College for studies 3 days a week
  • Attend structured Work Placement 1 day a week
  • Attend VETiS or TAFE Pathways course 1 day a week

Students will study the following compulsory VCAL subjects:

Year 10 Year 11 Year 12
Foundation Numeracy VCAL Numeracy - Intermediate Senior Numeracy & VCE & VCE General Maths 1 or VCE Further Maths 3 & 4
Foundation Literacy VCAL Literacy - Intermediate VCAL RE
Work Related Skills Work Related Skills with Cert II Outdoor Education Senior Literacy
Personal Development Personal Development Skills Work Related Skills with Cert II Business
VCAL RE VCAL RE Personal Development

Students  may study at Foundation, Intermediate or Senior level, depending  on each student’s ability levels.

Selected students may wish to obtain  a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SbA) while they study VCAL. A willing employer or SbA company  is required.