VET in schools

Many students in Years 11 & 12 may study a VET (Vocational Education Training) program as part of their VCE or VCAL program. Successful completion of a VET subject results in a student achieving a TAFE certificate (usually Certificate II level, for example, Cert II in Automotive or Cert II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations). Brunswick Secondary College students can access VET programs from the Northern Melbourne Vet Cluster (NMVC) or the Inner Melbourne Vet Cluster (IMVC) which provides a broad range of programs from which to choose.

Before deciding on a VET subject, students should consider the following:

  •  Is it an area of genuine interest?

  • Am I organised enough and motivated to do a VET program and am I willing to commit to doing it for the duration of the VET program?

  • Usually a VET program runs for two years - through Year 11 & Year 12, although some programs are only one year.

  • Am I prepared to do a work placement during the school holidays as part of the course?

  • Where will the VET program be held and how will I get to the VET course location?

  • Will the VET program contribute to my VCE ATAR score? Some programs will have a study score available but others will contribute as a block credit only (10% increment equivalent to a 5th or 6th subject). A small number of programs may only provide credit at a Unit 1 & 2 level, so this is particularly relevant to students considering doing a VET as part of their VCE program.

  • Please follow this link to watch a clip that explains more about the VET program and how it is delivered via host schools and RTOs.

VET Program


Structured Workplace Learning

A component of most VET programs is that students participate in some structured workplace learning hours (an extended form of work experience where students can demonstrate the competencies they have learnt through the VET program). The work placement usually occurs during the school holidays and could run for up to a week at a time.

The IMVC website can assist students to find a work placement whilst the Dept. of Education's Structured Workplace Learning webpage provides further guidelines surrounding workplace learning.

Any questions relating to students studying a VET in schools program should be directed to Cathie Cowcher, VET Coordinator at Brunswick Secondary College.


DEECD - Structured workplace learning

IMVC website

Structured Workplace Learning Form