VETSS programs (previously known as Vet in Schools or VETiS) are approved by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). We accept applications from students currently enrolled in Years 10, 11 and 12, wanting to undertake VET as part of their senior secondary school certificates (VCE or VCAL). Most courses provide full completion of a certificate whereas some may only provide a partial completion. Some courses are only a one-year duration and some also contribute towards a student’s ATAR.

Benefits of VETSS


Upon successful completion of VETSS, students will achieve recognition within the Units 1 to 4 structure of Year 11 and 12 which may contribute towards satisfactory completion of the VCE. Selected programs offer scored assessments for Units 3 and 4. Further information is available from the secondary school. Students that complete VETSS will also meet the requirements of the Industry Specific Skills Strand and may also contribute to the Work Related Skills Strand of VCAL.

Pathways to future training

Swinburne offers both Vocational Education and Higher Education qualifications, making it easy to pathway from vocational into a university degree and receive the maximum credit for your previous studies. Through VETSS, you will have the opportunity to progress from trade school to a range of certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas or bachelor degrees.
At Swinburne, we work closely with our secondary school partners to ensure a supportive environment for you if you choose to undertake vocational training and courses in your VCE or VCAL.

When and where do I apply?

If you're looking to participate in a Swinburne VETSS course, you should complete the normal course selection process with your school. Upon completion of your selection, the school will forward an application to Swinburne. We will then contact you confirming that a place is available and inform you on the date and process for orientation and enrolment.


To be eligible for VETSS, students must be:

  • currently enrolled in Year 10, 11 or 12.

Key dates


  • First round applications open Monday 17 August 2020
  • First round applications close Sunday 11 October 2020
  • Schools notified Monday 19 October 2020
  • Late applications open Wednesday 21 October 2020
  • Late applications close Tuesday 2 February 2021

Orientation and enrolment (Croydon and Wantirna campus)

  • New first year students will be emailed an orientation and enrolment pack on Wednesday 18 November 2020
  • Course commences Wednesday 3 February 2021
VET for Secondary Students

VET for Secondary Students

Find out more about how Swinburne can help you complete a nationally recognised qualification at the same time as you complete VCE or VCAL.
  • The new $10m KIOSC building at the Wantirna campus

    KIOSC trade training centre

    Our Wantirna campus is home to the $10 million Knox Innovation, Opportunity and Sustainability Centre (KIOSC).
    Many of our VETSS programs are delivered in the KIOSC which is a state-of-the-art facility providing hands-on learning experiences for secondary school students. Other programs available in the KIOSC provide links with industry groups, government agencies and the local community.

Contact the VETSS team

Contact the Vocational Education and Training for Secondary Students team by calling 1300 275 794 or email

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