Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Foundation - -

Step UP - VCAL Foundation

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On Offer Yes
Award Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Foundation
Accepting Applications Yes
Program Coordinator Eliza Lane
Contact Hours (per week) 4 - 5 days per week, depending on the individual program
Classes Held

Monday to Friday. Some units are available online.

Commences Semesters 1 and 2
Program Outline

The Step Up program at Federation College is designed to develop literacy, numeracy and general education skills, as well as give you the opportunity to choose a VET certificate II-III program from a number of different fields.

Step Up provides a range of educational opportunities as an alternative to Year 10 and creates great pathways into Federation College VCAL, pre-apprenticeships, employment, further training and traineeships.

Career Opportunities

Completion of programs at Federation College will help students gain employment, including Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships or progress to further study.

Program Rules and Requirements

Students must be between 15 and 19 years of age and have not achieved Year 10 (or equivalent).

Program Content

LIT011 - Literacy Skills Foundation Reading and Writing

LIT012 - Literacy Skills Foundation Oral Communication

NUM011 - Numeracy Skills Foundation

PDS011 - Personal Development Skills Foundation Unit 1

WRS011 - Work Related Skills Foundation Unit 1

In conjunction with VCAL, students may undertake one of the following VET programs (subject to confirmation)

  • Automotive
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Engineering
  • Health
  • Plumbing
  • Construction
  • Hospitality - Kitchen Operations
  • Electro-technology
  • Community Services - Childcare
  • MediaCommunity Services - Support
Information Sessions
There are currently no information sessions scheduled.

Federation College (ref 08386)

Contact Us

Phone: 5327 9000
Freecall: 1800 333 864

International Students This information may not apply to international students.
For further information contact:

International Student Programs
Tel: +61 3 5327 9018
Additional Program Information

DomesticDomestic students are students who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa.
National Course Code VCALFND001
Mid year entry Yes
Intakes Semester 1 and 2

1 year full-time


SMB Campus (Ballarat)

GELC, 88-90 Burke Street, Maryborough

The Laurels, 229 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh

Application Method The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our TAFE Application page for further information.

For information in relation to the University and students rights and responsibilities please refer to the VET Information Guide
Application Type - VTAC No
Application Type - Direct Yes

Students must be between 15 and 19 years of age and have not achieved Year 10 (or equivalent).

Assessment Competency based training is concerned with assisting people to gain specific competencies relevant to the purpose of their program of study. A student will be assessed by performing set tasks at specified standards, under prescribed conditions.
A range of assessment methods will be used to enable students to demonstrate competency.
Recognition of Prior Learning If what you have learned at work, from other programs, courses, from life experience or training provided at work is relevant to this program, you may be entitled to gain subject credits or exemptions. The University is obliged to recognise the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other registered training organisations. For further details contact the staff listed under Contact Us.
Pathways/Alternate Entry Pathway information is available from staff listed under 'Enquiries'.
Indicative Fees Enrolment fees are payable at the time of enrolment. For further information a Fees and Charges leaflet is available from the Student Centre. In addition your program may require you to purchase books and materials. Some of these costs may be payable on enrolment day. Please contact the number listed under 'Contact Us' for further information, or visit
Further Information Contact Us:
Tel: 1800 FED UNI (1800 333 864) Email:

A range of student services, are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please call the number listed above.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this publication including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of going to press as at the date above, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D.
Please Note: All VET programs and training are delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding.
National RTO Code: 4909.
Information correct as at 16/Dec/2014

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