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FAQ - VCE VET Programs

A VCE VET program incorporates a nationally recognised qualification, usually at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level II or III. Some VCE VET programs offer more than a single qualifications outcome.

Can a student do VET programs as part of their VCE and get satisfactory completion?

Yes. VCE VET programs can be included as part of the VCE and offer credit at Units 1 and 2 level and Units 3 and 4 level. Not all VCE VET programs contain a Units 3 and 4 sequence for recognition purposes. VCE VET units will contribute to satisfactory completion:

  • For levels of recognition
  • Counted in the minimum 16 units.

How many VCE VET programs can a student do in their VCE?

Up to 13 units of the minimum 16 units for satisfactory completion may come from VET. This includes:

What is block credit?

Students who have completed or are completing training in nationally recognised VET or Further Education qualification/s can apply for credit towards their VCE. Students apply for block credit when their area of training is not included in the list of approved VCE VET and School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship programs.

For more information refer to the Block Credit Recognition page on the VCAA website.

If a student is enrolled in a VET program, and the program changes, what happens?

VCAA publish transition advice for all approved program change. On many occasions students who enrolled in the previous program will complete the old program and new students will enrol in the new program. Where students are required to transition to a new program immediately, the VCAA provides details regarding credit and qualification completion.

Is a VCE VET program equal to a VCE subject?

Yes, where the level of credit is equal, programs are equal. There are fifteen enrolment options for VCE VET programs which have access to a study score.

If a student doesn't complete all of Units 1 and 2 or Units 3 and 4, do they get any credits?

Accrual of VCE VET units is based on completion of units of competency and is calculated on the basis of the nominal hours attached to these units of competency.

Can a student get recognition of previous studies for a VCE VET program?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is generally not offered within VCE VET as very few students will have had the experience necessary to prove prior learning. Where a teacher judges that a student is ready to be assessed for a unit of competency without undertaking the formal training component, the assessment is carried out according to the training package/curriculum requirements.

Are there prerequisites for VET programs?

This varies from program to program. There are prerequisites within some VCE VET programs, i.e. some Units 1 and 2 need to be completed before Units 3 and 4. In addition, many training packages have core units which must be completed first.

If a school isn't running a VET program, what are the options for a student?

Students may undertake training at any Registered Training Organisation (RTO). They must ensure that evidence of enrolment and completion is given to their home school so that they can be enrolled on Victorian Assessment Software System (VASS).

For more information on delivery arrangements, visit: VET Registration and Delivery

How many VCE units is a VET program worth?

Each VET program has its own entitlement worth. Look in the program booklet/extract for each VCE VET program to find out how many VCE units a VET program is worth.

Do all VET programs have a Units 3 and 4 sequence?

All VCE VET programs include at least one qualification, with some VCE VET programs offering a variety of qualifications. In addition, all VCE VET programs include at least one qualification with a 3 and 4 sequence. All VCE VET programs offer a Unit 1 and 2 credit, except for VCE VET Cisco. Credit arrangements are outlined in the relevant VCE VET program booklet/extract.

Can you do a Units 3 and 4 sequence without doing Units 1 and 2?

VET programs are intended to be completed as entire certificates and consequently the Units 3 and 4 sequences are not designed as a stand alone study. Many programs have prerequisites in Units 1 and 2 which must be completed prior to the Units 3 and 4 sequence.

In addition, a student who completes only the Units 3 and 4 sequence will be disadvantaged in the assessment of competence if they have not undertaken the training in the units of competency in VCE VET Units 1 and 2. In some programs, VASS will not allow you to enrol students in just Units 3 and 4.

Do any VET programs attract a study score?

Yes, there are fifteen enrolment options for VCE VET programs which have access to a study score. They are equal in all respects to any other VCE program. Other VCE VET programs are being considered for future scored assessment.

Are there exams in VET?

Yes, VCE VET Programs that have a study score component have either a 90 minute written exam or a performance exam at the end of the year.

Who assesses the students doing VET?

VET programs are assessed by qualified assessors who are employed by or auspiced by the RTO.

If a student undertakes a VCE study and a similar VCE VET program, does this affect his/her entitlements?

Duplication between VCE VET programs and other VCE subjects or VCE VET programs is considered at the time of program development. Details of duplication are provided in the VCE VET program booklet for each program and may result in a reduced number of VCE credits granted. This does not affect the issuing of the VET qualification.

Does a VET course attract an ATAR?

Yes, programs with a Units 3 and 4 sequence attract either:

  • For programs with Scored Assessment - a study score
  • For programs without Scored Assessment - an increment based on 10% of the average of the primary four study scores.

What is an ATAR increment? How is it calculated?

The increment is 10% of the average of the primary four study scores.

What other organisations provide VET information?