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Work related skills unit 2

Work related skills unit 2 is designed at the VCAL Foundation, Intermediate and Senior certificate levels. Unit 2 at the Foundation and Intermediate levels has six learning outcomes and Unit 2 at the Senior level has eight 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 Industry Specific Skills Strand and Work Related Skills Strand Curriculum Planning Guide


The curriculum for the work-related skills units is designed to develop employability skills, knowledge and attributes valued within community and work environments as a preparation for employment. The development of employability skills provides learners with a capacity to consider and choose from the range of pathways. The development of occupational health and safety knowledge prepares learners for the workplace.

Work related skills unit 2 at each VCAL level is designed to achieve learning outcomes important for work-related skills, employability skills and career goals.



Assessment in the VCAL is designed to assess a student’s achievement of a learning outcome by collecting evidence about their performance, and making a judgment about whether they have met the requirements of that learning outcome. These requirements are clearly outlined in the elements of each learning outcome.

Students must be observed to demonstrate achievement on more than one occasion and in different contexts to make sure the assessment is consistent, reliable, fair and equitable.

Teachers should use a variety of learning activities and assessment tasks that provide a range of opportunities for students to demonstrate each learning outcome.

A range of evidence can be used to demonstrate that a student has achieved the learning outcomes. This includes, but is not limited to, direct observation, written work, oral presentations, object production and project implementation.

Suitable tasks for assessment can be found in the corresponding advice for teachers.

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, VET unit of competency or VCE study.

Satisfactory completion

To be credited with a Work related skills unit 2, students must demonstrate achievement in all learning outcomes. All elements in a learning outcome must be met in the one task for students to demonstrate achievement in that outcome.

Accreditation period

Accreditation expires on 31 December 2019.

Revised curriculum for 2020 is currently undergoing approval and accreditation is expected shortly.  A Notice to Schools will be issued as soon as the curriculum is available.

Support material

VCAL Industry Specific Skills Strand and Work Related Skills Strand Curriculum Planning Guide

Sample assessment task templates