Vocational Education (VET)
Find out further information about Vocational Courses at Copland College with the links below:
VET Student Booklet (226 kb)
Student Code of Conduct (94 kb)
Vocational Courses are courses designed to provide knowledge and skills relevant to a particular area of employment and to further education and training.
- help students try out a possible career choice
- offer students the opportunity to undertake learning in the workplace
- help students gain entry to training organisations such as CIT
- may help students gain a traineeship or apprenticeship
- may help students gain employment
Vocational courses are based upon National Training Packages endorsed by industry. Successful completion of all required competencies and vocational placements will provide a student with a vocational certificate recognised throughout Australia.
Registered Training Organisation
Copland College is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). As an RTO, Copland College has met quality assurance standards and undertakes continuous improvement. Students with vocational qualifications from Copland College are entitled to credit transfer in relevant courses to other Registered Training Organisations.
Copland College has excellent facilities for vocational training.
- An industry-standard Multimedia laboratory including digital video and still cameras, animation software, digital projector, film editing, web page software
- An e-Business Retail Centre including check-out facilities and training office. An electronic whiteboard is also present.
- An Automotive bay with extensive facilities including hoist, two large service bays and wheel change/balance unit
- Fully equipped workshop for Building and Construction, including wet area for tiling and bricklaying tuition
- Commercial standard kitchen with café area. The kitchen includes a bay for students with disabilities.
- Fully networked computer laboratories with wide range of software applications
- A vineyard in the college grounds.
Vocational teachers maintain strong links with industry and ensure that students have opportunities to extend their learning through excursions and training at outside providers and through vocational placements.
School-Based New Apprenticeships
Australalian School-Based Apprenticeships (ASBA) allow students undertaking vocational courses to work part-time in the relevant industry, as well as completing their Year 12 Certificate. Students attend the work place as a paid employee. This may occur one day per week, at weekends or in school holidays. ASBA is an excellent way to develop industry experience and gain valuable contacts in the workplace. The Vocational Coordinator will help students organise a ASBA arrangement.
Vocational Courses At Copland College
Leading to Certificate I in Automotive Technology
Building and Construction
Leading to Certificate I in Construction and Certificate II in General Construction
Leading to Certificate I and II in Business Administration
Leading to Certificate I in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) and Certificate II in Hospitality (Operations)
Information Technology (with optional CISCO stream)
Leading to Certificate II in Information Technology
Leading to Certificate II in Multimedia
Leading to Certificate II in Retail Operations
Students may achieve a Statement of Attainment for partial completion of courses.
Where students believe that they already possess some competencies in V courses which they have joined, they may apply to the Vocational Co-ordinator for Recognition of Prior Learning.
Automotive Technology (A/V)
This is a nationally recognised vocational course with competency standards approved by the Australian National Training Authority for the automotive industry. All Vocational Courses are delivered in accordance with guidelines as recommended by the Automotive Industry RS&R Training Package. The course covers Certificate I in Automotive-AUR 101 99 Light Vehicle mechanic.
This course provides students with a sound knowledge of the operating principles of the motor vehicle. This course is sequential and students can only enter the course in Automotive Fundamentals.
This unit is a pre-requisite unit and introduces OH&S practices in the workshop. This is applied to bench work and to portable and fixed machinery. Small engines will be overhauled. The theory introduces induction, carburation and fuel injection as it relates to the automotive engine. (1 unit)
The operating principles in auto electrical systems and the function and operation of ignition systems storage systems, charging systems, and starting systems are studied, with practical vehicle servicing and tuning including repair of electrical components. (1 unit)
Automotive Vehicle Systems
The various mechanical ancillary systems of automobiles are studied. Servicing of vehicles is encouraged with opportunities for scheduled roster work being made available to students. (1 unit)
Automotive Engine Systems
Further understanding of the internal combustion engine is developed. This includes dismantling, inspection, diagnosis and the application of theory from the previous units. (1 unit)
The application of simple heating and welding processes relative to automotive service and repair operations is studied. (0.5 unit)
General Construction (A/V)
This is a nationally recognised vocational course with competency standards approved by the Australian National Training Authority for the General Construction National Training Package BCG03. The qualifications are accepted by every State and Territory in Australia.
The course covers Certificate I and Certificate II of the Training Package. Students who complete these certificates will gain acknowledgment from the industry and from training providers.
The General Construction course incorporates the Training Package for the Building Industry BCG03 that provides for the award of the following certificates:
- BCG10103 Certificate I in General Construction.
- BCG20103 Certificate II in General Construction.
Introduction to General Construction
Students examine effective site communication, common industry signage, industry terminology, OH&S general introduction, workplace hazards, reading plans and drawings, tools and equipment, basic plant equipment, and measuring and calculations. Practical work is part of the unit. (1 unit)
General Construction Industry Practices
Students undertaking time sheets, workplace meetings, accident reporting, plan and document reading, building structure types, OH&S, levelling devices, tools and equipment, manual operations, measuring and calculations. Carpentry and scaffolding is developed. Practical work is a part of the unit. (1 unit)
Furnishings, Framework and Concreting
Topics include manual handling, sequencing major building activities, excavation, power tools, levelling, formwork, concrete and concreting material, reinforcement in concrete, building structures and an introduction to building materials. Practical work is part of the unit. (1 unit)
Construction Site Skills and Procedures
Students develop understanding and skills in building industry background, role of employers/employees, management and site organisation, career paths for building workers, time management, quality concepts, workplace maintenance, internal demolition, site drainage and adhesives, fixing and fastening. Practical work forms part of the unit. (1 unit)
Business Administration (A/V)
The Business Administration course develops information management and office processes skills. The course is based on nationally recognised competencies, which will help the student to enter the workplace or to pursue further training. Each unit focuses on general computer use, communication skills and office procedures. If all the necessary competencies are completed, a Certificate II in Business will be awarded. Partial completion will lead to a Certificate I in Business. Alternatively, a Statement of Attainment will be awarded where at least one competency is achieved.
Business Administration 1
Topics covered in this unit include: keyboarding techniques and operations, office equipment, mail, simple business documents, communication, organising work schedules, information management.(1 unit)
Business Administration 2
Topics covered in this unit include: computer operations: data retrieval, records handling, knowledge of the enterprise, preparing routine financial documents, teamwork. (1 unit)
Business Administration 3
Topics covered in this unit include: records management and security, written communication, knowledge of enterprise, copying and collating documents. (1 unit)
Business Administration 4
Topics covered in this unit include: Occupational health and Safety, team work, financial documents, computer operations. (1 unit)
Hospitality Studies (A/V)
This is a nationally recognised vocational course with competency standards from the Hospitality Training Package. Students studying this course will be able to achieve a Certificate II in Hospitality (Operations), Certificate I Hospitality (Kitchen Operation), or a Statement of Attainment for competencies attained.
These qualifications allow for further training at a higher level at CIT or other training provider or on the job training whilst working in the Hospitality Industry.
Vocational placements are highly recommended although not compulsory for this subject.
Information Technology (T/V)
Aspects of problem solving, structured systems analysis, systems development, programming languages and data communications are core elements in this course. Students can do a combination of two streams to make up an Information Technology major. A combination of three streams will make an Information Technology major-minor. A combination of four streams will make an Information Technology double major. Students may choose to mix and match units from the different streams.
This course is available in the IB program. Students complete the Group 3 subject Information Technology in the Global System. It is available for Higher Level and Standard Level study.
APPLICATION STREAM Duration: 2 semesters
IT Concepts and Spreadsheets
Topics covered in this unit include: computer system basics, keyboarding techniques and operation, together with workplace health and safety. Spreadsheet software is used in the context of problem solving in the business world. (1 unit)
Digital Graphics Animation and Relational Database Usage
Topics covered in this unit include: principles of animation, animation software packages and team work communications. Students will also learn about commercial database packages, defining and using record structures, data management and reports. (1 unit)
WEB DESIGN STREAM Duration: 2 semesters
Web Construction and Web Multimedia Integration
Topics covered in this unit include: designing and building web pages using HTML, style sheets and forms, multimedia software packages, and how to incorporate multimedia elements. (1 unit)
Web Dynamic Features and Multimedia Projects
Students will be introduced to server-side scripting language to produce dynamic and database enabled web pages. Students get the opportunity to undertake a sustained self-initiated web based project. (1 unit)
PROGRAMMING STREAM Duration: 2 semesters
Program Design and Concepts 1 & 2
Topics covered in this unit include: introductory problem solving procedures, definition and representation of algorithms, problem solving by computer, program testing and documentation, introduction to a procedural programming language. (1 unit)
Robotics and IT Project
Topics covered in this unit include components of robots, software operations and programming and robot construction. Students are provided with the opportunity to undertake a sustained self-initiated programming project. (1 unit)
CISCO NETWORKING ACADEMY PROGRAM STREAM Duration: 4 Semesters
The curriculum for this stream is studied on-line. It is designed to give participants practical skills in designing, configuring and installing computer networks using equipment such as routers, switches, hubs and hosts.
Ideally students should have access to the internet at home, as much of the on-line learning will need to be in the students’ own time. There are four units that must be studied sequentially.
One unit may contribute to an Information Technology minor. Two units may contribute to an Information Technology major. Four units may contribute to an Information Technology major-minor or double major.
Students who successfully complete all four semesters may then sit for the internationally recognised Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) examination.
Topics include: OSI model and industry standards; Network topologies; IP addressing, including subnet masks; Networking components; Basic network design. (1 unit)
Topics include: Beginning router configurations; Routed and routing protocols; Access Control Lists. (1 unit)
Working within a Switched Environment
Topics include: Advanced router configurations; LAN switching theory and VLANs; Advanced LAN and LAN switched design; Variable length subnet masks; Threaded case study. (1 unit)
Topics include: WAN theory and design; WAN technology, PPP, Frame Relay, ISDN; Network troubleshooting; Threaded case study. (1 unit)
Multimedia (T/V or A/V)
Through the study of Multimedia, students gain skills as producers of media products. There is a strong emphasis on practical projects that allow students to develop communication skills. The course allows students to develop their own skills to evaluate various media products.
Multimedia encourages students to question society's values including issues of gender, race, the world of work and the environment. The facilities at Copland College are industry standard. Media students have the opportunity to work with high quality computers and software which allow them to produce projects in digital video and audio, multimedia and print, as well as 2D and 3D animation.
These projects can be further enhanced by the use of digital still and video cameras as well as analogue cameras.
Students may complete units in Media to complete the IB Curriculum for Group 6: Visual Arts- Film Study.
Students may achieve one of the following course packages:
- a T package and Statement of Attainment or a Certificate in Multimedia
- an A package and a Statement of Attainment
It is highly recommended that all students complete the unit Media Images and Society.
One standard specified unit of Multimedia units may be included in an English major or major/minor. Up to two standard units may be included for a double major in English.
This course helps to prepare students for careers in the retail industry. The course delivers information and career advice to assist students seeking pathways into the retail industry. By studying this course students will gain an understanding of the current working retail environment. The Retail course provides the student with relevant skills and nationally recognised competencies in order to gain certification for either articulation into another retail course or directly into employment.
This program is based on nationally recognised competencies from retail Operations Certificates. Students who successfully complete all the learning outcomes and vocational placements will gain a Certificate I in Retail (through a minor course of study) and Certificate II in Retail Operations (through a major course of study).
Introduction to Retail
This unit includes: structure of retail industry, contact with customers, personal presentations, working with numbers, retail documents, OH&S issues and safety and emergency procedures. (1 Unit).
Communication in Retail
Topics include: product knowledge, dealing with customers' complaints, operate point of sale equipment, EFTPOS, packaging, awards, teamwork and establishing contact with internal and external customers. (1 Unit).
Presentation in Retail
Topics include: merchandising displays, ticketing, receive and process incoming goods, stocktake, reorder stock, security, minimise theft (1 Unit).
Topics include: keyboard skills, data entry, process mail, operate equipment, file and retrieve documents, prepare correspondence, e-commerce on-line shopping, remove takings from register, reconcile takings, process petty cash, prepare banking and invoices (1 Unit).