The VCE VM is a 2 year program that runs across year 11 and 12. Over the 2 years students must study: 

– 4 units of Literacy or English
– 4 units of Numeracy or Maths
– 4 units or Work Related Skills (WRS) – including work placement
– 4 units of Personal Development Skills (PDS)
– 2 VET credits

Please see below descriptions of core subjects for VM:

External VET Programs

Many Students from BCC and other local schools look beyond the subjects offered at their home schools and study courses delivered at other local Registered Training Organisations like TAFE. 

These courses require students to attend on a scheduled day each week, rather than attend a series of lessons throughout the week, as is the case with on-campus courses. It must be remembered that accessing an external VET option does impact on a student’s timetable. Classes will be missed at BCC on the day of attendance at the off-site course. Some ‘catch-up’ time is available, but the student has a responsibility to complete all work in all subjects. For this reason it is not recommended as an option for VCE students.

Listed below are some of the External VET Courses avalibale: 


  • Certificate II in Horticulture (Bass Coast Adult Learning)
  • Certificate III in Information Technology (Bass Coast Adult Learning)
  • Certificate II in Salon Assistance (Hairdressing – Bass Coast Adult Learning)
  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education (TAFE Gippsland- Leongatha)
  • Certificate II in Animal Studies (TAFE Gippsland- Leongatha)
  • Certificate II in Agriculture (TAFE Gippsland- Leongatha)
  • Certificate II in Plumbing (AGA – Korumburra)
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology (AGA – Korumburra)

School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT)

A School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) is a full time program that integrates education, training and employment. The program is made up of:

  • VCE VM/VCE studies selected by the student.
  • VCE VM/VCE credit for the vocational training component of the School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. 
  •  A training contract registered with Skills Victoria, Apprenticeship Centres and the school. 
  •  A negotiated training plan that has been signed and endorsed by the student’s school. 
  •  Paid employment with terms and conditions covered by appropriate industrial arrangements. 
  •  One day a week at the workplace and a mix of training times in nationally registered training, which can be a VCE VET program.

In the past we had a number of students combining part-time employment and study to access SBATs in the following areas: 

  • Retail Operations (through Big W, McDonalds and KFC), 
  • Agriculture, Hospitality and Retail Operations (through Phillip Island Nature Park) 
  • Business (through Stockdale & Leggo, Cowes and local businesses) 
  • Agriculture (through student’s own family farm businesses)
  • Mechanical (through local businesses) 
  • Construction (through Apprenticeship Group Australia and Local Builders) 
  • Education Support 
  • Hospitality 
  • Warehousing (through Reece Plumbing – Cowes and Wonthaggi) Apprenticeship Group Australia based in Korumburra provide SBATs in: 
  • Electrical • Building and Construction
  • Plumbing