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Discovery and Learning

Victoria is moving to a new integrated senior secondary certificate that will bring together our two senior secondary certificates, the VCE and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
This will give all students the learning opportunities to develop the skills and capabilities needed to succeed in further education, work, and life.
From 2023, enrolment options for Year 11 and 12 students will include:
• the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Vocational Major
• the Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC).
A fully integrated VCE will be implemented from 2025.
The VCE VM is a 2-year vocational and applied learning program within the VCE. The program aims to equip students with the skills, knowledge, confidence, and agency needed to prepare for the world of work and further education and training.
The VCE VM will prepare students to transition successfully into apprenticeships, traineeships, further education and training, university, or directly into employment.
The VCE VM will support students to develop both academic and practical skills. It employs a more diverse range of assessment strategies rather than exams, alleviating some of the pressure that students face when considering the VCE.
The VPC is an inclusive Year 11 and 12 certificate that will meet the needs of the minority of students not able or ready to complete a certificate at the VCE level.
The VPC provides students with a standards-based certificate and will provide opportunities to progress to the VCE, including the VCE VM. It will provide an enriched curriculum and excellent support for students to develop the skills, capabilities, and qualities for success in personal and civic life.
The VPC will replace Foundation VCAL from 2023.
The VPC will support students to transition to the VCE VM, entry level VET or employment.
The VPC has been developed to be flexible, without a mandated period in which a student must complete the certificate. This allows students to complete it in a timeframe that suits their capability.