A Practical Approach to Life – VCAL, VET & SBATs

Supporting our students to explore the possibilities and pathways that complete the secondary journey at Sacred Heart College.


At Sacred Heart College we offer both an academic and practical approach to life.

Vocational Education & Industry Program (VEIP) is a program selected from the core Year 10 subjects, which has been developed at Sacred Heart College, allowing students to undertake weekly Structured Work Place Learning (SWL) arrangements whilst continuing their studies.

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a hands-on, practical option for Year 11 and 12 students. The aim of VCAL is to assist students to improve their literacy and numeracy, acquire work and industry skills, and develop as responsible young adults. Students also have the opportunity to gain valuable experience within a structured workplace environment and identify vocational pathways. VCAL focuses on applied learning principles and sits alongside the VCE. Learning programs for students are comprised of accredited VCE, VET and VCAL modules that meet National and State requirements.

School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs) offer wonderful career opportunities for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 who wish to enter the workforce, remain at school and develop a career pathway. They allow students to undertake a part-time apprenticeship while still at school. Students are able to complete Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) while developing skills in a particular industry through working and training on-the-job, and receiving off-the-job training.