VCALFND001 VCAL - Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Foundation)

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Next intake July 2022
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
DurationFull-time: 6 months

Course description

VCAL Foundation provides the stepping-stone to your intermediate VCAL and senior secondary school studies. The program is delivered by the Geelong Technical Education Centre (GTEC), based at our East Geelong Campus. 

You will learn basic literacy and numeracy skills, Work-Related Skills (WRS), Personal Development Skills (PDS), and General Education units. These are combined with units from manufacturing technology CAD (Computer Aided Design) and vocational ‘taster’ units that can help you decide upon your career path.

Satisfactory completion of these units contributes to an accredited VCAL certificate and leads you to VCAL Intermediate and Senior studies. Find out more about the VCAL program at GTEC.

Work placement/industry experience

How often do I attend?

How often do I attend?

FT - 5 days per week | 9.00am - 3.00pm

Possible career outcomes

Changes to delivery due to COVID-19
While The Gordon is permitted to deliver face-to-face teaching in compliance with current Government guidelines and COVIDSafe restrictions, many courses will utilise a blend of remote and on-campus learning. Find out more about delivery changes here.

Applications for this course are not currently open.

Please contact customer service on 52250538 to discuss upcoming intake dates.

Applications & attendance

2022 July
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2022
Close: 1 Jul 2022 
Class DayStart: 11 Jul 2022
Tues - Friday
Full-time: 6 months    


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course.

  • Applicants must have attempted or completed Year 10, or have achieved Certificate I or II in General Education for Adults
  • Any student under the age of 17 must provide a Transition from School form prior to undertaking this course.
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Job Trainer. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Practice tests

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

  • Applicants must have attempted or completed Year 10, or have achieved Certificate I or II in General Education for Adults
  • Any student under the age of 17 must provide a Transition from School form prior to undertaking this course.

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

  • Interview
  • Test: Literacy and numeracy assessment.
  • Resume

Electives Code Hours
Design And Technology 1 DT011 50
Literacy Skills Foundation Oral Communication LIT012 100
Literacy Skills Foundation Reading And Writing LIT011 100
Numeracy Skills Foundation NUM011 100
Numeracy Skills Intermediate NUM021 100
Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements MEM30031A 40
Organise and communicate information MEM16006 20
Personal Development Skills Foundation Unit 2 PDS012 100
Personal Development Skills Unit 1 (Foundation) PDS011 100
Use computer-aided design (CAD) to create and display 3-D models MEM30033A 40
Work Related Skills Unit 1 (Foundation) WRS011 100
Work Related Skills Unit 2 (Foundation) WRS012 100
Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering MEM13015 40


Please note that the electives listed are those delivered by The Gordon but you may not be required to complete all of these to successfully complete this qualification. In order to clarify what is required to complete this qualification, please check If you have completed any units previously, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning. Find out more about RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Workplace tasks
  • Written assignments
  • Industry placement
  • Team projects
FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.37 per hour 580 AUD $215.00 AUD $7,500.00
Standard Tuition AUD $1.85 per hour 580 AUD $1,073.00 AUD $7,500.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $10.30 per hour 580 AUD $5,974.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $140.00 once
Education Levy AUD $87.00


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees only. The current years maximum loan cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

  • Further VCAL studies towards any vocational pathway
  • VCE studies

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 6/10/2021 2:03:41 PM

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