Difference between VCAL and VCE?

SEDA College understands that not all students fit the same mould. The journey towards a fulfilling education starts with finding study options that meet your individual learning needs.

Why Choose VCAL?

VCAL differs significantly from the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) because unlike the VCE, VCAL’s objectives are to prepare students for the workforce or further vocational training. A key requirement of VCAL is that students complete vocational education and training (VET) and structured work placement as components of the qualification.


The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is designed for students who are seeking a practical work-related way of learning.

  • VCAL delivers a hands-on learning approach, focusing on life ready learning in preparation for the work force
  • VCAL focuses on the individual, placing importance on the development of personal and employability skills
  • Learning directly from industry experts in your chosen field, with the opportunity to network and learn from the best in the industry


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is a written and exams based certificate which provides students with a derived ATAR score upon successful completion.

  • Results are calculated through ranked assessment and exams.
  • Less industry based focus and preparation for the workforce or further study
  • A VCE program generally consists of 20 to 24 units studied over two years. Students can vary the number of units they do in a year.


The tertiary education landscape in Victoria is significantly changing, with more than half of all students starting a bachelor degree admitted on a basis other than their Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking (ATAR). More students are successfully applying to tertiary institutions without an ATAR score, as their entry is now based on a range of criteria.

In 2017, 59.9% of all university offers were made to students without an ATAR score*.