Design, Creativity and Technology - Pathways to VCE, VCE VET and VCAL
As students approach the end of the compulsory years of schooling they begin to make choices about their preferred areas of and pathways for learning. Students choose studies from the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or recognised vocational training through either a Vocational Education Training (VET) program or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
The Design, Creativity and Technology domain provides students with opportunities to pursue a range of post-compulsory pathways, including VCE, VET, VCAL. Each of these pathways allows students to develop technical competence and begin to specialise in one or more areas of the domain. Students may also move into related employment, either during their senior secondary years (for instance, to take up an apprenticeship) or on completion of their schooling.
In addition to the specific understandings that are core to the domain, students develop a range of more generic knowledge, skills and behaviours that can be transferred to other contexts in both further study and work. These include, but are not limited to the following:
- problem solving
- design and designing
- project management
- time management
- technological awareness and competence in using technologies
- awareness of occupational health and safety through risk management
- team work
- self evaluation and reflection.
Design, Creativity and Technology develops students’ knowledge, skills and behaviours that could lead to a range of possible employment opportunities.
Pathways that link to the Design, Creativity and Technology domain are listed below.
Design, Creativity and Technology develops students’ knowledge skills and behaviours that could lead to many VCE studies, but most specifically:
- VCE Agricultural and Horticultural Studies
- VCE Design and Technology
- VCE Food and Technology
- VCE Systems Engineering.
Design, Creativity and Technology develops students’ knowledge, skills and behaviours that could lead to many related VET studies, including the following:
- Certificate II in Agriculture
- Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
- Certificate II in Automotive Technology Studies
- Certificate II in Building and Construction
- Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management
- Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Shared Technology)
- Certificate II in Engineering Studies
- Certificate II in Food Processing (Wine)
- Certificate II in Furnishing (Pre-apprenticeship Cabinet Making)
- Certificate II in Furniture Making
- Certificate II in Horticulture
- Certificate II in Hospitality
- Certificate II in Integrated Technologies
Students may choose themed VCAL courses that have direct links to Design, Creativity and Technology, such as Hospitality, Agriculture/Horticulture, Engineering, Furnishing etc. They will also be required to undertake industry specific training in related VET programs. The Work Related Skills strand extends knowledge and skills gained in Design, Creativity and Technology, particularly through the project-based learning approach.
More information about VCE (www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vce)
More information about VET (www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vet)
More information about VCAL (www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vcal)