The Victorian Certificate of Education Vocational Major (VCEVM) is a practical (applied) learning option designed to meet the needs of Year 11 and 12 students who wish to pursue vocational training and/or employment. The VCEVM provides an accredited program that covers four compulsory strands of literacy and numeracy, work related skills, industry specific skills and personal development. Graduates of the VCEVM can look forward to enhanced apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities or acceptance into further vocational studies.

The VCEVM is accredited at three levels and caters for a range of students with different abilities and interests.

VCE Vocational Major requirements

VCE VM Work Related Skills allows students to understand and apply concepts and terminology related to the
workplace and understand the complex and rapidly changing world of work and workplace environments. It helps
students understand the relationship between skills, knowledge, capabilities, and the achievement of pathway
goals. The study enables students to develop effective communication skills to enable self-reflection and self-promotion and to practically apply their skills and knowledge.

Students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained from this study in the classroom
environment and through Structured Workplace Learning (SWL).

The study of Work Related Skills (WRS) leads to opportunities across all industries and areas of work as well as in
further education and provides young people with the tools they need to succeed in the future.

WRS Unit 1 and 2: Focus on Careers and learning for the future and workplace skills and capabilities
WRS Unit 3 and 4: Focus on Industrial relations, workplace environment and practice and portfolio preparation
and presentation

Personal Development Skills (PDS) units take an active approach to personal development, self-realisation
and citizenship by exploring interrelationships between individuals and communities. PDS focuses on health,
wellbeing, community engagement and social sciences, and provides a framework through which students seek
to understand and optimise their potential as individuals and as members of their community.

PDS explores concepts of effective leadership, self-management, project planning and teamwork to support
students to engage in their work, community and personal environments.

Through independent and collaborative activities, PDS builds the capacity of students to set personal goals and
participate in their communities with confidence, respect, safety and resilience.

PDS Unit 1 and 2: Focus on healthy individuals and connecting with community
PDS Unit 3 and 4: Focus on leadership, teamwork and community projects

VCE Vocational Major Literacy focuses on the development of the knowledge and skills required to be literate in
Australia today.

The Literacy units focus on developing students’ everyday literacy skills through thinking, listening, speaking,
reading, viewing and writing to meet the demands of the workplace, the community, further study and their
own life skills, needs and aspirations. Students will participate in discussion, explore and analyse the purpose,
audience and language of text types and content drawn from a range of local and global cultures, forms and
genres, including First Nations peoples’ knowledge and voices, and different contexts and purposes. They will
discuss and debate the ways in which values of workplace, community and person are represented in different
texts and present ideas in a thoughtful and reasoned manner. Literacy Unit 1 and 2: Focus on Literacy for personal
use, understanding and creating digital texts, understanding issues and voices and responding to opinions
Literacy Unit 3 and 4: Focus on accessing and understanding informational, organizational and procedural texts,
creating, and responding to organisational, informational or procedural texts, understanding and engaging with
literacy for advocacy and speaking to advise or to advocate.

VCE Vocational Major Numeracy focuses on enabling students to develop and enhance their numeracy skills to make sense of their personal, public and vocational lives. Students develop mathematical skills with consideration of their local, national and global environments and contexts, and an awareness and use of appropriate technologies.

This study allows students to explore the underpinning mathematical knowledge of number and quantity, measurement, shape, dimensions and directions, data and chance, the understanding and use of systems and processes, and mathematical relationships and thinking. This mathematical knowledge is then applied to tasks which are part of the students’ daily routines and practices, but also extends to applications outside the immediate personal environment, such as the workplace and community.