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Vocational Education

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are offered in the Preliminary and High School Certificate (HSC) course. 

Campbell House School runs two face-to-face VET programs, Hospitality Food and Beverage Cert 2 and Foundations for Skills and Knowledge (FSK) statement of attainment. 

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are offered as part of the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or Record of School Achievement (RoSA).  VET courses are designed to deliver workplace-specific skills and knowledge and cover a wide range of careers and industries. VET courses for secondary students are developed by NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) and are based on national training packages.

VET courses allow students to gain both HSC or RoSA qualifications and a national qualification or a statement of attainment recognised throughout Australian as part of the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF).  These qualifications are widely recognised by industry, employers and tertiary training providers and universities and will assist students to progress to various education and training sectors and employment. 

Public Schools NSW, Ultimo is accredited as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to deliver and assess VET qualifications to secondary students.

It is mandatory for all students studying a VET course to create a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Students will require a form of identification for the creation of the USI. Examples include a Medicare Card, Australian Birth Certificate, Driver’s License or a valid Passport.

Board Developed VET courses are classified as Category B subjects and ONLY ONE can contribute to the calculation of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). These courses have an optional HSC examination. Students wishing to include a VET course in the ATAR calculation must sit the HSC examination after they have completed a minimum of 4 Preliminary and/or HSC units.

Board Developed VET courses have specified workplace requirements and include 70 hours of industry specific mandatory work placement or simulated workplace hours as determined by NESA. 

Board Endorsed VET Courses do count towards the HSC or RoSA but do not have HSC examinations therefore can’t count in the calculations of the ATAR.  Board Endorsed VET Courses have mandatory or recommended industry specific work placement.

Assessment in all VET courses is competency based. The student is assessed on what they can do (the skills) and what they know (the knowledge) that will equip them in the workplace. Students who have successfully achieved competency will have the skills and knowledge to complete workplace activities in a range of different situations and environments, to an industry standard of performance expected in the workplace.

Competency-based assessment materials are designed to ensure each learner has achieved all the outcomes (skills and knowledge) to the level of the qualification. Competency-based training is based on performance standards that have been set by industry.

Students will receive documentation showing any competencies achieved for the VET course undertaken. 

Due to the specific requirements of a VET course it is recommended students speak to the VET Coordinator or Careers Adviser before choosing the course to ensure they are fully aware of the requirements and the course is suitable for their individual needs, knowledge and skills.

Students in Stage 5 can also apply for a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT) and/or TAFE as part of their Preliminary and HSC pathway. In July/August each year the Stage 6 coordinator invites all year 10 and 11 students and parent/carers to attend a meeting to discuss opportunities for the following year. Expressions of interest are invited from all eligible students to put forward a course to TAFE. TAFE offers a variety of courses ranging from automotives, construction, beauty, animal students, screen and media and information technology. TAFE courses are also available online through TAFE launchpad.