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  • VET Questions

What does VET mean?
VET means vocational education and training. Here it also means HSC courses for senior students that deliver training outcomes. School, TAFE and other private providers deliver VET for the HSC.

What is the difference between VET courses and other HSC courses?

  • In some VET courses work placement is compulsory (VET ICF), Electro Technology and Aeroskills Engineering.

  • VET courses can deliver dual accreditation- meaning a VET course can give an AQF, VETAB and/or a TAFE qualification in addition to units of study counting towards the HSC.

  • Learning and assessment focuses on skills and is competency based.

What is reported on the HSC?
All VET courses are recorded on the HSC . Units of competencies are reported in a student logbook. There are no marks, grades or ranking of students for the HSC.

What are competencies?
A student is assessed for competency against standards set by industry for skill performance. Being assessed as competent means a student has reached a pre-defined minimum level of work performance in an industry skill area.

Do VET courses count towards the University Admissions Index (UAI)?
The Industry Curriculum Framework courses (TAFE or school delivered) and Accounting (BDC) may be used for two units towards the ATAR. Other VET courses do not count for the ATAR. T o count towards the ATAR a student must be doing a 240-hour course (ie 2 units over 2 years). The student then must sit for a written exam for the HSC.The exam mark is used for the ATAR.

What is the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF)?
The AQTF broadly refers to national principles, standards for delivery and qualifications in VET. VET is delivered by registered training organisations (RTO).Newcastle District,comprising all its secondary schools, is an RTO.

What is delivered in VET?
Various industry areas have developed training packages with relevant units of competency, assessment guidelines and AQF qualifications. Some have been packaged into HSC courses - the Industry Curriculum Framework courses, and other Board Endorsed Courses eg Music Industry, Multimedia, Radio Broadcasting, Aeroskills Engineering, Sports and Recreation.

What are Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) qualifications?
VET qualifications are expressed as AQF levels. They are recognised Australia wide. HSC students may gain AQF 1,11 and in some instances part or all of AQF 111 qualifications.

What are Industry Curriculum Frameworks?
The new national approach to VET (including the AQTF, AQF and training packages) has been packaged into courses as units of study for the Higher School Certificate. A student may do a 120-hour course, 180-hour course or 240-hour course, and may elect to do a 60 or 120-hour extension course. For packaging of units for the HSC see your Careers Adviser.

Extension Courses (Specialisation Courses)
Are 1 unit or 2 unit extensions to the 240 hour (2 unit x two years) course. Extension courses build upon the normal ICF course and deliver more training towards AQF levels. These do not count towards the ATAR but do count towards the HSC.

Why is workplace compulsory in ICF courses?
Industry says workplace learning greatly enhances classroom training. Workplacement takes about one third of course time, eg in a 240-hour course 70 hours is workplacement (usually done as a one-week block). Part-time work may be used to claim credit. Extension courses also have workplacement attached.

Who delivers VET to students?
RTOs have VET accredited teachers delivering and assessing VET.

What is RPL?
Recognition of Prior Learning applies to competencies in a course and mandatory workplacement. RPL means a student can seek for their VET course recognition of skills and knowledge held as a result of formal training, work experience and/or life experience and part-time work. The relevant VET coordinator at your school holds application forms.

Study in a VET ICF course gives a student access to the HSC, AQF levels, workplace learning and the ATAR.