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VCE VET Laboratory Skills

The VCE VET Laboratory Skills program is drawn from a national training package and offers a portable qualification which is recognised throughout Australia. The qualification provides students with a pathway to work in a wide range of enterprises and industry sectors such as process manufacturing, food and beverage processing, biotechnology, biomedical research, pathology testing, mining, chemical, forensic, environmental analysis and education.

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The VCE VET Laboratory Skills program was redeveloped in 2018.

From 2019, new and continuing students undertaking the VCE VET Laboratory Skills  will enrol in:

  • MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills
    Certificate III in Laboratory Skills provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills associated with the day-to-day operation of a laboratory and associated technical tasks such as sampling and testing. Units 1 and 2 of the program include recording and presenting data, planning and conducting laboratory/field work, maintaining the laboratory fit for purpose, with electives such as performing basic tests and assisting with fieldwork included. Units 3 and 4 offer scored assessment and incorporate units such as performing aseptic techniques, contributing to the achievement of quality objectives, preparing working solutions and performing microscopic examinations.

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Credit in the VCE or VCAL

  • MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills: recognition of up to four units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.

Note: The Units 3 and 4 sequence of VCE VET Laboratory Skills is not designed as a stand-alone study. Students are strongly advised against undertaking the Units 3 and 4 sequence without first completing Units 1 and 2.

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ATAR Contribution

Students wishing to receive an ATAR contribution for the Units 3 and 4 sequence of VCE VET Laboratory Skills must undertake scored assessment for the purpose of achieving a study score. This study score can contribute directly to the ATAR, either as one of the student's best four studies (the primary four) or as a fifth or sixth study.

The increment is awarded by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Further information can be found on the VTAC website: www.vtac.edu.au

Where a student elects not to receive a study score for VCE VET Laboratory Skills, no contribution to the ATAR will be available.

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Scored Assessment

Students wishing to receive a study score for VCE VET Laboratory Skills must undertake scored assessment. This consists of three coursework tasks, worth 66% of the overall study score and an end of year examination, worth 34% of the overall study score.

Scored assessment is based on the Units 3 and 4 sequence of MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills.

Materials for Scored Assessment

  • VCE VET Assessment Guide (February 2010): (docx - 774.kb) | (pdf - 475kb)
    This Assessment Guide is for all VCE VET scored programs and contains background information relating to VCE VET study scores. It contains an overview of study score assessment, the process of integrating study scores with competency based assessment and detailed advice regarding the development and assessment of coursework tasks. The Assessment Guide also contains generic templates, scoring criteria and other coursework assessment records. Program specific assessment advice for VCE VET scored programs is published on each of the webpages for VCE VET programs.
  • VCE VET Laboratory Skills Assessment Plan Template and Sample (January 2019): (docx - 94kb)
  • VCE VET Scoring Criteria Sheets: (doc - 158kb) | (pdf - 47kb)
  • VET Coursework Assessment Record (VCAR): (doc - 159kb) | (pdf - 39kb)
  • Frameworks for task types are a guide to the four task types in scored VCE VET programs.

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Program updates and further information

Continuous improvement: During the life of qualification/s there may be occasions when changes are made to reflect feedback from users or to include the latest industry practices. This process is called continuous improvement. When continuous improvement impacts on the VCE VET Laboratory Skills program, advice will be published in the VCAA Bulletin and notification provided on the VCAA website Please visit the VCAA Bulletin subscription webpage

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Past Exams and Assessment Reports

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    • Past exams and Exam assessment reports