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Sacred Heart College offers Senior School students the opportunity to undertake Vocational Education and Training (VET) as part of their studies. 

This enables students to earn credit towards a nationally recognised VET qualification whilst at the same time completing their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

The recognition arrangements for VET in the SACE include recognition of:

  • completed qualifications
  • partly completed qualifications (for which a student has completed one or more units of competency)

The SACE Board recognises VET that:

  • is listed on the training.gov.au website
  • is delivered and assessed by, or under the auspices of, registered training organisations (RTOs),  which are registered to deliver and/or assess the VET qualification
  • is delivered and assessed in accordance with the VET Quality Framework
  • can be certified on a transcript, statement of attainment, or qualification issued by an RTO

The SACE enables students to include a significant amount of VET in their SACE studies. A student earns 10 SACE credits for the successful completion of 70 nominal hours of VET, up to the maximum number of credits allocated to each qualification. 

For more information on how specific VET qualifications can earn SACE units at Stage 1 and 2 refer to the SACE website - www.sace.sa.edu.au


There are many benefits for students who undertake a VET course while at Sacred Heart College.  These benefits include:

  • Obtaining a nationally recognised qualification (such as a Certificate II, Partial Certificate III or Full Certificate III)
  • Gaining credit toward their SACE (Some fully completed VET courses, at Certificate III level or above can contribute to an Australian Tertiary Rank (ATAR) which is required for entry into University)
  • Developing a renewed sense of purpose and motivation for senior schooling
  • Gaining skills, knowledge and confidence that enhance employability
  • Developing a network and knowledge of possible industry employers
  • Discovering whether their vocation is a possible future career pathway


Students can undertake a VET course in years 10, 11 and 12 the pathway is very flexible and most student requirements can be accommodated.

An example of a typical pathway:

Yr 10 TradeSKILLS

  • Commence in Semester 2
  • 'Taster' style short courses
  • Usually one day a fortnight
  • Held in addition to a student's normal curriculum (it does not replace a subject area).

Yr 11 TradePATH

  • Full year
  • One full day a week
  • Certificate II qualification
  • SACE Stage 1 and nationally accredited.

Yr 12 TradePLUS

  • Full year
  • One full day a week
  • Certificate II, Partial Cert III or Cert III qualification
  • SACE Stage 2 and nationally accredited.


In most instances students:

  • Attend a VET course, usually one full day a week at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) outside of the College.  Locations of the courses and the training day depends upon the RTO running the course.
  • Participate in on-the-job learning at a workplace of their choice. This is in addition to attending their course and is organised by the student (refer to the section on Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) below).

Examples of the types of courses available to students include:

  • Building & Construction
  • Child Studies
  • Community Services
  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Electronics/Electrotechnology
  • Hairdressing
  • Health Sciences
  • Hospitality
  • Individual Support (Nursing Pathway)
  • Metal Trades & Engineering
  • Plumbing
  • Retail Cosmetics
  • Rural Operations (Animal Studies)

In addition to vet, what sace subjects do vet students study?

It is highly recommended that students intending to undertake a VET course select Workplace Practices as one of their subjects at either Stage 1 and/or Stage 2. This subject complements a student's VET course.

Workplace Practices students develop knowledge, skills, and an understanding of the nature, type and structure of the workplace.  Students learn about the changing nature of work, industrial relations legislation, safe and sustainable workplace practices and local national and global issues in an industry and workplace context. 

Year 11 VET students have supervised study lessons scheduled in their timetable.  Supervised Study lessons are provided to catch up on work which has been missed, due to being out of school one day per week. These lessons are to be treated like any other a teacher will be supervising and a roll will be marked at the beginning of each lesson for attendance purposes.

Year 12 VET students receive a study line (this is provided to all Year 12 students).


Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) is a compulsory part of VET and many courses have a requirement of 140 hours of on-the-job learning in a type of workplace relevant to the course they are studying.  SWL can be described as a more formal form of work experience, with students and their workplace hosts needing to complete a log book.

SWL is in addition to VET course days and occurs during school holidays and/or out of school hours. It must be completed by the end of the Term 3 school holidays. Students, parents and the host supervisor will be required to complete Structured Workplace Agreement Forms prior to the student undertaking their placement and students are required to complete a log book and self-appraisal. SWL is coordinated through the College's VET Department.


Students need to consider their suitability to engage in an adult learning style and need to be aware of the implications of missing up to one day of school per week. It is the responsibility of VET students to communicate with their teachers about the school work they miss each week.

Students must be organised and committed to all components of their education - at SHC, at their RTO and with their structured workplace learning host. 

Selection into VET is not automatic and careful consideration is given to a student's performance at school and their desire to pursue a career in a particular industry.


VET courses often attract additional charges and students undertaking a VET course may be required to pay for part of their course.

The College pays the first $1000 of all external courses undertaken by a student if it is deemed to be a necessary part of a student's preparation for their intended career path and contributes to their SACE (limit of $1000 per year).


Should you have any further questions or wish to find out more about studying VET at Sacred Heart College please contact the VET Coordinator:


(08) 8350 2570

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