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VCE is not necessary for university entrance (see university entry) but if you do want to do VCE/VCAL, you can enter a regular school in order to complete it, or these options are worth considering:
VCE/VCAL via Distance Education. Home educated teenagers who have been registered for home education with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority for at least 12 months are eligible to undertake year 10 and/or VCE/VCAL via Distance Education without meeting any of the other criteria. To enrol under this category students must:
- Be under 17
- Have been registered with the VRQA as homeschooler for at least 12 months
- Deregister with the VRQA
- Enrol with Distance Ed full time for the VCE/VCAL.
- They are also required to undergo a DECV supervised Year 10 assessment as part of the enrolment process.
VCE via the AYCE programme – on campus attendance is required once a week with work completed at home.
VCE via Council of Adult Education (CAE) CAE offers over 80 VCE subjects that can be done either full time or part time. Students have to be 17 or over.
Other VCE providers. Many TAFEs and other Adult Community Centres and even neighbourhood houses offer VCE. Age requirements vary but when enrolment numbers are down, institutions are sometimes more flexible. A list of institutions we know of offering VCE/VCAL can be downloaded below. In some instances, these institutions run the course themselves, others are facilitators of Distance Ed in which case students attend a couple of times a week and complete work at home. Experiences with neighbourhood houses vary a lot depending on the particular staff and student group you get in with.
OTEN is the NSW version of distance ed and offers HSC. They do accept students from interstate as long as they have a year 10 certificate and are at least 15 years old. As Victorian schools don’t have a year 10 certificate, if you’ve left school at that level ask if your year 10 school is sufficient. See their website for eligibility criteria.
Open Access College based in Adelaide accepts South Australian Education Department approved home educated students for the SACE including VET. See their website for details or ask your homeschooling moderator.
Open Colleges provide TAFE courses online
Templestowe College welcome former home-ed students for year 11 and 12
In 2014 the school gained a considerable amount of media attention for allowing students to vary the times they attended school to suit their learning preferences and lifestyle. This was only one of the many innovations @TC that include each student having their own individualised learning plan, no year level structure from 2015, students select their whole course load from over 120 electives, no bells, phones are encouraged to be used responsibly in class, no bullying, students and staff are treated as equals, many students are also employees of the school, students help select new staff and there is also student representation on the school’s leadership team and curriculum committee.
Source: TedX Melbourne
VCAL online is now available at Box Hill Tafe at foundation, intermediate and senior levels. Courses are self paced and can be completed online or with a combination of online and face to face classes (Box Hill or Melbourne city campus).
VCAL online is offered by St Kilda Youth Service (SKYS) Note that the SKYS website is no longer being updated as they have now merged with Melbourne Mission but the program is still running (as at 2016). This is free and open to any student aged 15 – 25 and looking to complete a VCAL certificate for Intermediate or Senior Levels. They also provide an online youth worker. See the VCAL flier below or contact:
Note: Not all courses are nationally accredited so ask before you sign up. Nationally accredited courses are a qualification in themselves and can be used to gain entry to other courses. eg. a Cert IV may qualify you for entry to a Diploma or an undergraduate degree and a Diploma may qualify you to enter a degree at second year level. It all depends on the particular course you are trying to get into and the qualifications you already have.