VCE Vocational Major

VCE Vocational Major

The VCE Vocational Major (VM) is an accredited 2-year program that gives Year 11 and 12 students valuable work-related skills and prepares them with further education and training. This senior secondary qualification opens up pathways to university, higher-level TAFE or VET certificate courses, apprenticeships, traineeships and the workforce.

VCE Vocational Major (VM) develops personal and practical life skills. Its practical, hands-on option is a great pathway for students who intend to go directly into the workforce or continue vocational studies (TAFE courses), after completing their education at St Bede’s College.

To get the VCE Vocational Major Certificate, students must successfully finish at least 16 units. These will include units in:

  • VCE VM Literacy or VCE English
  • VCE VM Numeracy or VCE Mathematics
  • VCE VM Work Related Skills
  • VCE VM Personal Development Skills
  • VET at a Certificate II level or above (180 nominal hours)

Many VCE Vocational Major students also add other VCE studies to their program.

Our careers counsellors and VM Learning Area Leaders will help you plan your program. Most students will finish their VCE Vocational Major over 2 years.

Fundamental Principles of Applied Learning

The fundamental principles of applied learning are that it:

  • Emphasises the relevance of what is being learnt to the ‘real world’, outside the classroom, and makes that connection as immediate and transparent as possible.
  • Focuses on a ‘real life’ application which will often require a shift from a traditional focus on discrete curriculum areas, to a more integrated, project based approach to learning.
  • Is concerned with nurturing and working with a student in a holistic manner, which takes into account their personal strengths, interests, goals and previous experiences.
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