Damien Morrison
Senior School Instructional Leader - VET/VM/VPC

Vocational and Applied Learning is a rapidly growing pathway through senior secondary and beyond. At Catholic College Wodonga our Vocational and Applied Learning Pathways are designed to help students pursue their interests and aspirations, and develop the skills needed to succeed in further education, work and life. We do this by providing flexibility, valuing student voice, and making explicit connections between what we do in class and what happens in the world beyond school.

VPC Personal Development Skills 1-2

  • Learn all about yourself; take time to decide what is important to you, what you’re good at and where you want to go
  • Figure out what respectful relationships look like, including respecting and caring for yourself
  • Learn more about your community, why community matters and how you can get involved

Subject Code: V5VPD
Year Level: 11

Unit 1
  • Learn about yourself; explore your personal passions, skills, goals and values
  • Practise your teamwork, communication, time management and problem-solving skills
  • Describe the principles of health and wellbeing and the key indicators of self-care
  • Explore respectful, positive relationships and practise the strategies for building skills in online safety, personal assertiveness and effective self-expression.
Unit 2
  • Explore concepts of community; rights, responsibilities and ways to connect
  • Research community support systems
  • Discuss the roles of community leaders and organisations and how they help people feel like they belong
  • You will be assessed on what you learn, but also on how you are able to reflect on those ideas and how you can apply them to your own life
  • You might be asked to: creation a survey, reflect on an organisation visit, present an oral or digital presentation, participate in practical tasks, or undertake research. 


VPC Skills (Year 11)

  • Use the knowledge and skills you have learned in your VPC classes in practical ways
  • Explore topics and issues that are of interest to the group, work with your teacher to decide what you will delve into
  • Prepare for work placement, reflect on your experiences and make plans for future placements

Subject Code: V5VSK
Year Level: 11

VPC Skills is not directly aligned to any VPC curriculum, it is a chance for students to explore the concepts and skills for each of their other subjects in greater detail as required. Depending on the needs and interests of the group, the teacher may use these lessons to spend more time on concepts that students are struggling with, or they may use this time to devise projects that incorporate the concepts covered in multiple subjects. It provides the flexibility for staff to work with students to devise learning opportunities that support the students according to their needs and gives students a chance to have a say in what they work on. 
This class will also be used to support students in acquiring, preparing for, and reflecting on their Structured Workplace Learning.


Assessment in this class may provide evidence for one or more of the other VPC subjects.


VPC Work Related Skills 1-2

  • Start planning for your future by understanding your interests, attributes and capabilities
  • Learn about different jobs, what they require and their conditions
  • Do a practical project in a team to develop your employability skills

Subject Code: V5VWR
Year Level: 11

Unit 1
  • Differentiate between interests, personal attributes and capabilities and how these relate to employability skills
  • Research employment opportunities and the education or qualifications they require
  • Learn about rights and responsibilities relating to pay and conditions within a selected workplace.
    Practice writing resumes and cover letters 
Unit 2
  • Plan, execute and reflect on a small-scale work-related activity that helps you develop your employability skills 
  • Practice your communication, problem-solving, technology, delegation and time management skills
  • Create and present a report on your project that includes constructive reflection and plans for improvement
  • You will be assessed on what you achieve, but also how you do it. Your teacher will be making observations as well as asking you to complete written and practical tasks
  • You may be asked to; write a cover letter and resume, develop a career action plan, conduct interviews, set goals, complete a career discovery quiz, or participate in a mock job interview