Overview

Embark on a personalised vocational journey with the Victorian Certificate of Education – Vocational Major. 

Immerse yourself in a dynamic learning environment led by inspiring teachers and gain hands-on experience through cutting-edge vocational training. 

Our unique approach integrates Swinburne research collaborations, access to state-of-the-art learning centers, and continuous professional development for our educators.

Interested in this course?

Find out more about this course and other Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses at one of our on-campus Try VET events. Get all the information you need to kickstart your career.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Confident and enterprising and able to create social impact
  • Complex problem solving
  • Adaptive and equipped for careers of the future

Your career opportunities

Successful completion of VCE VM will provide students with pathways through Swinburne to both Vocational and Higher Education. With a policy to keep all doors open to students with options for further study and work, the program also delivers on skills that are important for life and in the workplace, expanding students' future options to pursue further education, training and work opportunities. 

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Why Swinburne?

Delivers senior secondary education with break-through learning that utilises collaboration with Swinburne Research

Access to state-of the-art learning centres across the university 

Offering technical, academic innovations, and fostering the professional capacity of our teachers and leadership

Course prerequisites

  • Students will be required to provide a VASS statement from their prior school as part of their pre-training review
  • Students must be 16 years of age by the 30th April for their year of entry.
  • Left school, leaving school (under 17 students will require a state exemption to transfer to us), or be young adults returning to study up to the age of 25.
  • Successful completion of year 10.
  • Applicants with alternative previous education are encouraged to contact VCE-VM directly to discuss their options by email at vcevm@swin.edu.au

Swinburne Secondary Program offers a selective enrolment process aimed at understanding the whole student looking for entry to our unique VCE VM program.

Candidates must be able to:

  • produce a recent school report and/or academic transcript
  • be willing to undertake a supervised Literacy and Numeracy assessment
  • attend an interview

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

Course structure

To be awarded the VCE VM certificate a minimum of 16 credits over the two-year period are required, this consists of:

  • 3 units of 1-4 in Literacy including a 3-4 sequence
  • 2 units of 1-4 in Numeracy
  • 2 units 1-4 in Personal Development Skills
  • 2 units of 1-4 in Work Related Skills
  • 2 Industry Specific Skills Strands (180 nominal hours or more, subject to Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) modules or units of competence and/or FE modules)
9
Core units
+
1
VETDSS course
=
Victorian Certificate of Education (Vocational Major)

Indicative nominal course hours: 2,000

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Literacy (VCE VM)
Core unit, 100.0 credit points
LT031
Literacy (VCE VM)
Core unit, 100.0 credit points
LT032
Numeracy (VCE VM)
Core unit, 100.0 credit points
NM031
Numeracy (VCE VM)
Core unit, 100.0 credit points
NM032
Personal Development Skills (VCE VM)
Core unit, 100.0 credit points
PD031
Personal Development Skills (VCE VM)
Core unit, 100.0 credit points
PD032
Work Related Skills (VCE VM)
Core unit, 100.0 credit points
WR031
Work Related Skills (VCE VM)
Core unit, 100.0 credit points
WR032
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Literacy (VCE VM)
Core unit, 100.0 credit points
LT033
Literacy (VCE VM)
Core unit, 100.0 credit points
LT034
Numeracy (VCE VM)
Core unit, 100.0 credit points
NM033
Numeracy (VCE VM)
Core unit, 100.0 credit points
NM034
Personal Development Skills (VCE VM)
Core unit, 100.0 credit points
PD033
Personal Development Skills (VCE VM)
Core unit, 100.0 credit points
PD034
Work Related Skills (VCE VM)
Core unit, 100.0 credit points
WR033
Work Related Skills (VCE VM)
Core unit, 100.0 credit points
WR034
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Media: Certificate II in Creative Industries (CUA20220)
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2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)

$21,670

Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)

$5,250

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

Concessions rates for vocational students

If you’re enrolling in a Certificate IV-level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised training place and hold a valid concession card, you may be eligible for a concession of 80 per cent off the published fee of your unit(s) tuition – which means you’ll only be charged 20 per cent of the published fee.

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

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