VSL VET Languages
VET Information
  • is ‘education and training for work’.
  • develops and recognises learner's competencies and skills.
  • is traditionally post-secondary, non-university education and training, focusing on apprenticeships. Recent reforms now see:
    • Vocational education and training programs are offered in secondary schools,
    • Stronger links with university study options
    • Six levels of qualifications are offered in most industries, including high growth, new economy industries.
Providers of learning and assessment include schools, distance education and post-secondary service providers. Providers must be registered and are regularly audited for service quality. Providers can operate anywhere in Australia, and issue nationally-recognised qualifications.
VET in Schools (VETiS) provides additional pathways for learners to undertake a nationally recognised VET qualification at secondary school completing their higher education studies.

VETiS language programs help learners acquire practical and communicative language skills. For example, learners may complete a Certificate II in in Applied Language in Year 9 and 10 and proceed to Certificate III in Applied Language or possibly take VCE Units.

For schools to deliver Certificate II and III in Applied Language as part of their VETiS program, they need to have an auspice arrangement with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The VSL RTO has strategic partnerships with schools nationaly and is able to provide strong levels of curriculum and administrative support to Principals and instructors under their auspice arrangements. Please contact the VSL RTO team for more information about VETiS funding, setup and costs, contact details are (03) 9474 0500 or vetinschools@vsl.vic.edu.au.

Secondary teachers interested in becoming an instructor in Certificate II and III in Applied Language need to have a current Certificate IV in Training and Assessmenet (TAE40110), a current VIT registration and have qualifications in the language they will instruct in. Please contact the VSL RTO for further information on (03) 9474 0500 or vetinschools@vsl.vic.edu.au
Learners who undertake a VCE VET Applied Language certificate course may be eligible for credit towards their VCE. For more information contact your state authority responsible for secondary school assessment.

For example in Victoria

Program 1: Learners who complete Certificate II in Applied Language (22149VIC) may be eligibile for two units of credit towards their Units 1 and 2.

Program 2: Learners who complete Certificate III in Applied Language (22150VIC) may be eligible for three units of credit towards a Units 3 and 4 sequence.

Learners who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence may be eligible for an increment towards their ATAR (10% of the average of the Primary Four scaled studies). For futher information see http://www.vtac.edu.au

VCAA Block Credit Information
The Certificate in Language focuses on delivering practical language skills and everyday communication in both social and vocational settings.
Apart from acquiring practical and communicative language skills, VET Languages aim to increase your motivation to learn and encourage learners to continue Language classes to the senior levels.
Learners who have completed Certificate II in Applied Language at Year 9-10, will be able to proceed to Certificate III in Applied Language, or possibly take higher education Units.
Certificate programs are nationally recognised in Australia.
The VET Language qualification is designed for people who wish to learn a language for personal interest and development or to enhance career opportunities. Learning a language has been shown to have many benefits:
  • enhancing creativity
  • problem-solving ability
  • literacy skills
  • maintenance of cultural identity
Languages provide advantages for employment, with an increasing number of companies seeking bi/multi lingual services to remain competitive in a global marketplace. Languages increase the capacity to communicate in a range of forums and situations.
Courses are delivered using varied, innovative and appropriate training strategies and can include:
  • discussion
  • role play/simulation
  • practical demonstration
  • group work
  • distance education
If you are unsure which Certificate or level is appropriate for you, contact the VSL RTO VET team on (03) 9474 0500 or vetinschools@vsl.vic.edu.au
Certificate II in Applied Language is considered equivalent to Years 9-11 (Year 10 and VCE Units 1 and 2). However the course can also be completed in conjunction with other Certificate II programs in further VET areas.
In European languages, Certificate II in Applied Language can be a lead-in subject for a beginner who may have started the language at school but not completed beyond early levels.
In Certificate II in Applied Language, learners will apply a language in everyday spoken and written forms to a range of routine, simple tasks in familiar work and social contexts.
Certificate II in Applied Language is designed for learners with some knowledge of the language.
Learners can do the course face to face or via Distance Education, if available and are school aged less than 20 years.
Certificate II in Applied Language involves 240 hours of study (280 hours for character based languages). Learners will be assessed on four Competencies.
Learners who complete the Certificate II in Applied Language Learning Program satisfactorily receive a certificate at the end of the course which is recognised Australia-wide.
Certificate III in applied language is generally suitable for learners who have undertaken Certificate II In applied language or have a sound basic understanding of the language and culture with up to 4 years study at a secondary level in the language. Learners are advised to talk to the VSL VET team if they are unsure whether to complete Certificate II or III in Applied Language. This subject is equivalent to VCE Units 3&4. It can also be used to continue on to an interpreter course or an advanced VET/TAFE course using a Language. Certifcate III involves 280 hours (280 hours for character based languages) of study. You will be assesed on four competencies and nine elements.
Certificate Language Courses done by Distance Education require learners to do self-study at home or the office for at least 2.5 hours a week (4.5 hours for character languages) This includes going through each chapter of the prescribed text book, listening to the CD, completing all written and oral activities, studying vocabulary and any other activity required by the instructor. Learners also need to contact instructors on a fortnightly basis for oral lessons once they have completed the required work. Oral lessons can be done via telephone or using an online training platform. Oral lessons last 15-30 minutes.
Distance Education courses demand considerable application, but the rewards are many, such as; working at your own pace and at a time that suits you. Learners may also have tutors who will facilitate your learning the language.
The VSL RTO offers:
  • Currently through Distance Education to school aged learners under 20 years Certificate II in Applied Language (22149VIC) and Applied Language III (22150VIC) in Chinese, Spanish and French.
The VSL offers Certificate II and III in Applied Language courses at schools through the VET in Schools (VETiS) auspices program nationally and through Distance Education, as well as providing tailored courses for particular organisations.
VET in Schools (VETiS) is designed to provide additional pathways for learners to undertake a nationally recognised VET qualification while still at secondary school completing their higher education studies.
If you are a new learner or wish to complete your VET Language Certificate contact us .
A Distance Education course requires school aged learners less than 20 years of age to study at home for at least 2.5 hours a week (4.5 hours for character languages). Distance Education courses provide a prescribed text book with individual chapters covering language themes and skills, a listening CD, written and oral activities, and vocabulary. Learners need to contact their instructor on a fortnightly basis for oral lessons once they have completed the required work. Oral lessons can be completed via telephone or using an online teaching platform. Oral lessons last 15-30 minutes.

Distance Education courses demand considerable application, but the rewards are many; e.g. working at your own pace and at a time that suits learners. Learners may also have your own tutor who will facilitate learning the language.

If you are a new learner or wish to complete your VET Language Certificate contact us.
VET in Schools Language Certificates are delivered through competency based assessment.

Competency Based Assessment does not grade learners in the traditional way or penalise if learners do not achieve the standard required. Learners are assessed as "competent" or "not yet competent" and given the opportunity to redo an element in order to achieve success.

This is not a competitive system, but a system which enables learners to work at their own pace. VSL VET instructors have developed an assessment system in accordance with the competency based assessment model.

Assessment methods may include: role-plays and pair work, interviews, presentations, practical exercises, portfolios of written work, reports as well as group and class work observations.

Language Competencies / Elements

Each certificate language course allows a learners to develop skills through applying the language to tasks and interactions in work and social contexts.

Assessment is based on achieving competency in prescribed elements, or areas of learning. Click below for a list of elements for the Certificates in Applied Languages.

Underpinning knowledge and skills
Knowledge of the meaning of vocabulary and language structures used and the cross cultural understanding relevant to tasks.

Assessment context and method
Learners are assessed using both formal and informal methods, including observation of role-plays and pair-work, interviews, presentations, practical exercises, portfolios of written work and class / group work participation.
Competency Based Assessment
Program 1: 22149VIC Certificate II in Applied Language
Code Unit of competency/module Nominal hours
VU20600 Conduct basic oral communication for social purposes in a language other than English (LOTE) 60
VU20601 Conduct basic workplace oral communication in a language other than English (LOTE) 60
VU20602 Read and write basic documents for social purposes in a language other than English (LOTE) 60
VU20603 Read and write basic workplace documents in a language other than English (LOTE) 60
Total nominal hours 240
Program 2: 22150VIC Certificate III in Applied Language
Code Unit of competency/module Nominal hours
VU20604 Conduct routine oral communication for social purposes in a language other than English (LOTE) 70
VU20605 Conduct routine workplace oral communication in a language other than English (LOTE) 70
VU20606 Read and write routine documents for social purposes in a language other than English (LOTE) 70
VU20607 Read and write routine workplace documents in a language other than English (LOTE) 70
Total nominal hours 280
Recognition of prior learning is simply a form of assessment of a learner’s competence. Recognition of prior learning uses evidence from formal, non-formal and informal learning (rather than from specific assessment activates directed by the RTO). This evidence is often combined with assessment activates sometimes known as ‘challenge testing’. As such, recognition of prior learning must be conducted with the same rigour as any other form of assessment.

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