VCAL qualification and strand requirements
Portfolio Enhancement and Presentation – Senior is designated at a VCAL Senior Certificate Level. The Unit contains 4 learning outcomes.
This unit is not mandatory and equates to a General Credit.
The purpose of the Portfolio Enhancement and Presentation – Senior unit is to enable students to prepare, produce and present a portfolio in the creative industries, in fields such as visual and performing arts, design, photography and music. Using a range of influences and references, students will develop critical-analysis skills to prepare a portfolio and to communicate the purpose of, and the specific pieces included in, the portfolio. Students will also develop an identity and understanding of themselves in relation to the chosen field of study and society.
The Portfolio Enhancement and Presentation – Senior unit aims to develop knowledge and skills to prepare, produce and present a portfolio for a specific purpose, such as entry into higher education or industry.
Download or view the Portfolio Enhancement and Presentation – Senior unit curriculum.
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 multiple learning outcomes in one VCAL unit cannot be used to demonstrate achievement in any other VCAL unit or Vocational Education and Training (VET) unit of competency.
Examples of suitable assessment tasks can be found in the
Portfolio Enhancement and Presentation – Senior: Advice for Teachers.
In order to be credited with the Portfolio Enhancement and Presentation – Senior unit, students must demonstrate achievement in all the learning outcomes.
VCAL Portfolio Enhancement and Presentation – Senior unit 2020–2024 Advice for teachers