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VPC0000001 Victorian Pathways Certificate


Next intake July 2024
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
Geelong City Campus
DurationFull-time: 1 year

Course description

The Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) is a flexible certificate designed for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 who would benefit from an individualised program at a more accessible level than the VCE or VCE Vocational Major.

Students must have completed Year 9.

The VPC is generally completed in Years 11 and 12 but is flexible so that it can be started earlier or finished over a longer period. The coursework is designed and delivered at a more accessible level than the VCE and VCE Vocational Major. You can study the VPC at your own pace, and your teachers will assess your progress through a range of classroom learning activities. It will prepare you for work and further education and training, including the VCE.

Possible career outcomes

The VPC can help you move in to a senior secondary qualification, entry level vocational education and training (VET) course or straight into a job.

Applications & attendance

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

2024 July
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2024
Close: 1 Jul 2024 
Class DayStart: 15 Jul 2024
Monday to Thursday: 9.00am - 3.30pm
Full-time: 1 year  Apply  
2024 July
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2024
Close: 1 Jul 2024 
Class DayStart: 15 Jul 2024
Monday to Thursday: 9.00am - 3.30pm
Full-time: 1 year  Apply  
2024 July
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2024
Close: 1 Jul 2024 
Class DayStart: 15 Jul 2024
Monday to Thursday: 9.00am - 3.30pm
Full-time: 1 year  Apply  


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. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

    • Applicants must have completed year 9.     
    • Any student under the age of 17 must provide an Exemption from School form prior to undertaking the course.
    • Youth aged 15-16 who under the Education and Training Reform Act must still be engaged in full time education or combined education and employment of at least 24 hours per week and do not want to (or cannot) continue their education in mainstream secondary schools will need to get approval from the Department of Education by completing the relevant Exemption from school form.
    • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

    Pre-training review

    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 .

    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

    Core Units Code Hours
    Design And Technology 1 DT011 100
    Design And Technology 2 DT012 75
    Foundation English 1 EN101 150
    Foundation Mathematics 1 MA101 150
    Personal Development Skills (Unit 1) PDS041 150
    Personal Development Skills (Unit 2) PDS042 150
    Sociology 2 SO022 150
    VPC Literacy Skills (Unit 1) LIT041 150
    VPC Literacy Skills (Unit 2) LIT042 150
    VPC Numeracy Skills (Unit 1) NUM041 150
    VPC Numeracy Skills (Unit 2) NUM042 150
    Work Related Skills (Unit 1) WRS041 150
    Work Related Skills (Unit 2) WRS042 150


    Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

    Assessment is based on:

    • Hands-on work
    • Workplace tasks
    • Written assignments
    • Team projects
    • Oral presentations and problem-solving

    This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

    Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

    FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
    Concession Tuition AUD $0.46 per hour 1200 AUD $552.00 AUD $9,600.00
    Standard Tuition AUD $2.28 per hour 1200 AUD $2,736.00 AUD $9,600.00
    Full Fee Tuition AUD $10.30 per hour 1200 AUD $12,360.00

    Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

    Materials AUD $275.00
    Resources AUD $100.00
    Education Levy AUD $180.00


    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 VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

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

    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: 9/05/2024 12:00:11 PM