Victorian Certificate of Education – Vocational Major

The VCE-VM program at YHSC is a hands-on option for Year 11 and 12 students, offering practical work-related experience and learning. This program has unique opportunities, challenges, and demands for each student that is undertaking the program.

Our VM program is designed to develop and extend pathways for young people from school to further education and work.

VCE-VM Students attend classes at school, TAFE (Technical and Further Education) institutes and also receive work experience in their chosen field through work placement. Being able to manage your time well together with being able to move between educational and work environments is an essential skill for all VCE-VM students.

Yarra Hills is offering students the following ways to complete the VCE-VM:

  • By Work Placement – Students will be expected to engage in work placement in an industry related to their VET course.


  • By a VCE subject Pathway – where students will study a traditional VCE subjects in addition to the VM subjects and VET.


Both options will provide opportunities for students to develop personal, social and work-related skills to foster a commitment to learning and to prepare them for the world of work. This is the pathway for students looking to undertake apprenticeships, traineeships or further study in TAFE upon completion of year 12

The VCE-VM Learning Program comprises four Curriculum Strands:

Strand 1 – Literacy and Numeracy

Students undertake a number of units of work that focus on the development of relevant mathematical and literacy skills to support their work placement and TAFE components.

Strand 2 – Industry Specific Skills (Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs and (SBA) School Based Apprenticeships)

Industry specific skills are developed through work placement. VM – Work Placement strand gives students the opportunity to undertake a structured work placement or a school-based apprenticeship (SBAT) as part of their VM program. and the VM program also includes components of nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) programs completed 1 day per week at a TAFE institute.

Strand 3 – Work Related Skills

Together with a student’s part-time work, apprenticeship, traineeship, work experience or work placement students will undertake units and modules such as occupational health and safety or planning for employment etc. and aim to make the student employable.

Strand 4 – Personal Development Skills

This includes structured activities to help develop self-confidence, teamwork and other skills important for life, employment and active citizenship.

Upon successful completion of a VCE-VM program students will receive a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) certificate and a Statement of Results/Certificate from the TAFE institution they attend.

Students who successfully complete VCE-VM can choose from several career options, including continuing onto further education through TAFE and other learning institutions; completing an apprenticeship or traineeship; and starting a job once school has finished. They can also enter university degrees through alternative pathways.


School Base Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) Opportunity

An SBAT program runs under a contract with an employer and has a training plan registered with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA). The training must lead to a nationally recognised qualification. This training generally takes 2-4 years to complete.

The vocational training components of SBATs also contribute credit towards a senior secondary certificate. Many SBATs move on to a full-time contract with their employer after leaving school, while others choose to continue their education and training at a registered training organisation (RTO) or university.

Students that show initiative and able to establish good relationship with their SWL placement will be offered interview opportunity with SBAT coordinator (HeadStart). This may change their program into two days of school, one day of VET and two days’ work week.


Further general information can be found on Victorian Government’s Department of Education and Training website or from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority:



Learn more about the VCE- VM

For further VCAL information please contact our VCAL Co-ordinator:

Phone: (03) 9839 8800 or