Personal Development Skills unit 2 is designed at the VCAL Foundation, Intermediate and Senior certificate levels. The unit contains five learning outcomes.
VCAL qualification and strand requirements
Refer to the following resources for information on VCAL qualification and strand requirements.
VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook
VCAL Personal Development Skills Strand Curriculum
The purpose of the VCAL Personal Development Skills Strand is to develop student knowledge, skills and attributes that lead to self-development and community engagement through:
- family, social, community and environmental responsibilities
- resilience, self-esteem and efficacy
- health and wellbeing
- valuing participation in a democratic society
Unit 2 focuses on the development of appropriate knowledge, skills and attributes in relation to:
- community engagement
- social and environmental awareness
- participation in a democratic society
- social connectedness
- critical and creative thinking
- planning and organisational skills
- problem-solving and interpersonal skills.
The purpose of assessment in the VCAL is to determine a student’s achievement of a learning outcome by collecting evidence about their performance and making a judgement about whether they have met the requirements of that learning outcome. These requirements are clearly outlined in the elements of each learning outcome.
Teachers should use a variety of assessment tasks that provide a range of opportunities for students to demonstrate achievement of each learning outcome.
Evidence of achievement can include, but is not limited to, direct observation, written work, oral presentations, object production and project implementation. Students must be observed to demonstrate achievement of a learning outcome on more than one occasion and in different contexts to ensure the assessment is valid, reliable, fair, flexible and equitable. Where a learning outcome requires the completion of numerous assessment activities in a variety of contexts, these activities and their supporting evidence are able to demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome.
An assessment task used to demonstrate achievement of one or more learning outcomes in one VCAL unit cannot be used to demonstrate achievement in any other VCAL unit or VET unit of competency.
To be credited with a Personal Development Skills unit 2, students must demonstrate achievement in all learning outcomes. Wherever possible, all elements in a learning outcome should be achieved in the one assessment task.
The accreditation period is January 2020 to December 2024.
VCAL Personal Development Skills Strand 2020–2024 Advice for teachers