VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) is a vocational alternative to VCE.

It is designed for those wanting to follow a vocational career path, focussing on life and work skills. The program equips students with the practical work-related skills, and literacy, numeracy and personal attributes they will need for further training when they leave school or their ideal job.

VCAL is generally run in Years 10 and 11 at Bacchus Marsh Grammar. There are options to apply to complete an extension course in Year 12.

All VCAL students complete a Certificate II in Business as well as two subjects encompassing literacy, numeracy, personal development and work related skills.

They then choose two subjects from a wide range of Year 10/11 subjects including Outdoor & Environmental Studies, VET Hospitality and Technology/Art.

All VCAL students are expected to complete a Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award which includes:

  • 45 hours of community service
  • 12 months of skill development
  • 40 hours of physical recreation
  • An expedition (three days and two nights with a one-night practice)

Students also have the opportunity to participate in a Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation program based at the Staughton Vale Campus.