The VCAL Health and Community program provides an introduction to a variety of fields within the health area as part of a VCAL Intermediate and Senior. This course may be taken as a two year option completing both Year 11 and Year 12 at the Berwick TEC or a standalone Year 11 or 12. If both years are completed successfully, students will gain a Certificate III in Health Services Assistant and a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance. The opportunity to move into Nursing is also available upon successful completing of an entrance test.
Year 11 completed for VCAL Senior (Yr12)
Year 10 preferred for VCAL Intermediate (Yr 11)
Literacy, Numeracy evaluation and interview
Students must successfully complete the selection criteria
How do I Apply?
Apply directly to Chisholm
Is There An Interview?
Applicants will be interviewed
Maths, communications, personal development skills, employment skills and industry specific subjects relating to allied health and health services assistant skills and work placement skills.
Subjects / Modules
Intermediate VCAL 2009
HLTOHS200A Participate in OHS procedures
HLTIN301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in health work
HLTMS208B Handling waste in a health care environment
HLTCS208B Transport clients
HLTFS207B Follow basic food safety practices
CHCCS301 Work within a legal and ethical framework
HLTFA301B Apply basic aid
CHCAOD2 Orientation to alcohol and other drugs
CHCMN1 Orientation to mental health
CHCDIS1C Orientation to disability
CHCAC3C Orientation to aged care
BSBCMN305A Organise workplace information
NUM021 Numeracy Skills Module
This module aims to builds student’s confidence to explore mathematics beyond its familiar and everyday use. Students will develop mathematics skills that are both important in their industry area of choice, create great pathways into further study and increase their general confidence in this subject. The mathematics covered includes measurement, graphs and statistics, use of maps and directions and an understanding of the use of formulas and other problem solving strategies.
LIT022 Oral Communication Module
Oral Communication skills are an important part of all subject areas. The VCAL program allows for
communication skills to be built into every aspect of a student's program in order to develop the skills they will need for employment and further study as well as for general confidence. The Oral Communication module
• Practise job interviews
• speaking with industry employers
• Working in teams
• Presentation skills
• inspirational and informative speakers
LIT021 Literacy Skills Module
Building general reading and writing skills is an important part of VCAL. Literacy classes are developed around student’s vocational and personal interests. Vocational (industry) and literacy teachers work together to create a program that involves and engages a student on many levels. They will work on workplace documents, reports, resumes, communication skills and more.
PDS021 Personal Development Skills Module
The Personal Development Skills module is about developing each student’s skills, knowledge and attitudes towards one another and their community. Examples include leadership, team building and community projects using a broad range of engaging activities.
WRS022 Work Related Skills Module
The module is designed to
• Development key employability skills such as good communication skills, teamwork, using initiative, problem solving, planning and organising
• Give students the opportunity to experience relevant work placement in industry
Berwick TEC also offers students an edge when seeking employment by offering additional industry relevant qualifications and training. These include First Aid and Course in Construction card.
Senior VCAL 2010
HLTHIR301A Communicate and work effectively in the health
BSBFLM303B Contribute to effective work place relationships
BSBMED201A Use basic medical terminology
HLTAP301A Recognise health body systems in a health care context
HLTCSD306B Respond effectively to difficult or challenging behaviour
HLTCSD203B Prepare and maintain beds
PRMCL22B Organise and monitor cleaning operations
HLTCSD201B Maintain high standards of clients services
HLTCSD305B Assist with client movement
HLTMS207B Handle medical gases safely
HLTCPR201A Perform CPR
CHCPROM1A Share health information
CHCPROM2A Implement health promotion and community intervention
HLTAH301A Assist in an allied health program
Selected VCAL Senior level units including maths, communication and personal development skills.
Assessment Methods The forms of assessment include: class work, projects, practical assessment and work placement assessment
To be advised
(Concessions on tuition fees may be available to holders of valid Centrelink Benefits Cards unless otherwise stated.)
Health Support Services Attendant
Allied Health Assistant
Communication Self Management
Team Work Using Technology
Learning new skills Using initiative
Planning and organising Solving problems
Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
Certificate IV Youth work
Certificate IV Community Services
Many Other Health Industry options available
Where applicants can show evidence of prior qualification or experience in a related field, they may apply for skills recognition (Recognition of Prior Learning).
There is an opportunity to apply for recognition to be given for:
• Previous study
• Skills resulting from work or life experience relevant to the course.
Support is available to students in a range of areas including Study Skills, Personal Counselling, Careers Advice and Disability Support. Contact Student Advisory Services for more details.