What is VET?

VET stands for Vocational Education and Training and is a programme designed to focus on providing occupational skills to students.

A VET Programme allow you to do nationally-recognised training as part of your VCE or VCE|VM pathway.

With VET you can

  • combine general and vocation studies
  • explore career options - Students may explore an industry they wish to pursue a career in and learn more about that industry to see if it is right for them
  • undertake applied learning in an adult learning workplace
  • develop industry specific knowledge and skills
  • develop general skills needed for employment, training and further education

VET can give you the practical skills to help you work towards a formal qualification.

VET is a compulsory part of a student’s VCE|VM Programme and represents the Industry Skills component of the VCE/VM (VCAL) certificate.

VET in the VCE programme. VET contributes to the VCE ATAR, Scored VET programmes are examinable and students complete a VCAA exam at the end of Units 3 and 4.


For most VET courses, students are assessed as competent or not competent. Assessment is generally based on a demonstration of skills via completion of required tasks, written and verbal assignments, practical work, classroom participation, projects and online or written tests.

External VET

The College offers students the opportunity to apply to participate in a number of certificates and traineeships through external providers. These courses have a significant vocational component and take into account the wide-ranging interests and potential career paths students may wish to pursue.

These courses satisfy the VET component of VCE|VM programmes. ATAR contribution varies from subject to subject and should be checked on the VCAA website. If a student is approved for External VET they need to be aware of the following

  • GOTAFE run the majority of their practical classes on Wednesdays and most courses are of two years’ duration
  • Students are expected to arrange their own transport
  • Students are responsible for catching up on school work missed whilst at training
  • Students are given a modified timetable (one less subject, replaced with a study period to catch up on missed work)
  • Enrolment must be first approved through the VET leader
  • There may be some additional materials costs associated with the chosen course
  • Student’s attendance must be above 80%

For further information click on the link to the Notre Dame College Careers website, then click on the Senior School tab.

Or download the Senior Pathways Handbook Year 10-12 in 2023, for more information.

VET Courses Explained

Further Information