The VCE Vocational Major

The VCE Vocational Major has specific subjects designed to prepare students for a vocational pathway. The subjects are VCE VM Literacy, VCE VM Numeracy, VCE VM Work Related Skills, and VCE VM Personal Development Skills (and 180 hours of VET at Certificate II level or above). Each subject has four units and each unit has a set of outcomes which are assessed through a range of learning activities and tasks. Students will apply knowledge and skills in practical settings and also undertake community-based activities and projects that involve working in a team.

Students must successfully finish at least 16 units, including:

Most students undertake between 16-20 units over the two years. and structured workplace learning.

Students may access and gain credit for any VCE subject in addition to the mandatory requirements of the VCE VM and structured workplace learning. The four main studies are assessed at a school level through authentic assessment activities. There are no external examinations for the VCE VM studies and therefore students do not receive a study score, and are not eligible to receive an ATAR. Students who have completed the satisfactory completion requirements of the VCE VM will receive a Victorian Certificate of Education with the words Vocational Major on it to recognise their achievements.

Vocational Education and Training

Vocational Education and Training refers to enhanced Senior School studies which enable a secondary student to combine their Senior School studies with vocational training. Students in Years 10 and 11 can commence a VET program from the selection of courses listed.
It is a two-year program combining general VCE/VE VM studies with accredited vocational education and training. It enables students to complete a nationally recognised vocational qualification (e.g. Certificate II in Hospitality Operations) and a Senior School Certificate (VCE/VCE VM) at the same time.

Students choosing a VETiS subject are required to complete a block of work placement in an area related to their study. This may fall within their mid-year holiday break, and is a requirement for completing the subject.

The Yarra Valley VET Cluster consists of the following schools:

Billanook College
Healesville High School
Lilydale Heights College
Lilydale High School
Mooroolbark College
Mount Evelyn Christian School
Mount Lilydale Mercy College
Upper Yarra Secondary College
Yarra Hills Secondary College

A range of Vocational Education and Training Certificates are offered by the Yarra Valley VET Cluster. The courses are offered in other schools and TAFEs in the Yarra Valley and surrounds. UYSC will be a provider of Wine Industry Operations II, Cookery II and Aviation (RPL) III in 2024.

Courses offered in 2024 may change. These must be applied for through the VET Coordinator. The majority of VET subjects occur on a Wednesday afternoon but some do run over the course of the whole day on Wednesday or on another day or evening. Courses run with students from a number of different schools. There will be some costs included in taking a VET subject.

The following VET Courses are available to our students.

  • Certificate II Wine Industry Operations Upper Yarra
  • Certificate III Aviation(Remote Pilot – Visual Line of Sight)  Upper Yarra
  • Certificate II Cookery# Upper Yarra
  • Certificate II Furniture Making# Ranges Tec
  • Certificate II AUSLAN Ranges Tec
  • Certificate II Hospitality# Mount Lilydale
  • Certificate II Conservation and Ecosystems Management Lilydale Heights
  • Certifcate III Community Services Cire
  • Certiicate III Early Childhood Education and Care (Partial
    Completion) Cire
  • Certificate III Acting (Screen) Lilydale High
  • Certificate II Animal Studies Lilydale High
  • Certificate II Automotive (Mechanical) Healesville High
  • Certificate II Building and Construction Healesville
  • Certificate II Engineering Studies# Mount Lilydale / Ranges Tec
  • Certificate II Horticulture Ranges Tec
  • Certificate III Music Industry (Music Performance) Mount Lilydale
  • Certificate II Electrotechnology Ranges Tec

Additional courses are available through Box Hill TAFE e.g.
Certificate II Plumbing.

Important Note: While all listed subjects are offered by UYSC, classes may not run in due to limited student demand.

#These VET subjects do have a study score and may also have an end of Year 12 external examination.