Vocational Education

Vocational Courses are courses designed to provide knowledge and skills relevant to a particular area of employment and to further education and training.

Vocational courses:

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. All students are given a student VET handbook detailing all information.

Response to COVID-19

All ACT government schools are moving to online delivery for all curriculum areas including VET. This will require some modification to the way VET programs are currently delivered.

Term 2 will focus on the delivery and assessment of theory for the competencies in the BSSS VET unit currently being delivered. The practical evidence required for achievement of individual competencies will be the focus of teaching and assessment when students return to school.

Competency based learning provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate competence over a period of time and in a range of contexts. Students may be awarded competencies in the future through demonstration of practical skills which meets the evidence required and the theory work students have already completed.

Information is available on the Board of Senior Secondary Studies Website at Board of Senior Secondary Studies FAQ

For more information please contact Yasmin Noonan 61420300

Registered Training Organisation

Melba Copland Secondary School is a part of the Belconnen Regional Network Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The RTO meets quality assurance standards and undertakes continuous improvement. Students with vocational qualifications from Melba Copland Secondary School are entitled to credit transfer in relevant courses to other Registered Training Organisations.

RTO National Code - 88005.

Melba Copland Secondary School has excellent facilities for vocational training.

These include:

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

Australian 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 an ASBA arrangement.

Vocational Courses at MCSS

Hospitality Studies

Leading to Certificate I in Hospitality and Certificate II in Hospitality

Information Technology (with optional CISCO stream)

Leading to Certificate I in Information, Digital Media and Technology and Certificate II in Information, Digital media and Technology


Leading to Certificate II in Creative Industries

Sport, Fitness and Administration

Leading to a Certificate II in Sport and recreation

Social and Community Work

Leads to a Certificate II in Community Work.

Metal Work

Leads to a Certificate I in Engineering.

Furniture Construction

Leads to a Certificate II in Furnishing


Leads to Cert I in Agrifoods (Year 10) and Cert II in Horticulture (Year11/12)


Leads to Cert I in Construction (Year 10) Cert II in Construction (Year 11/12) leading to Pathways to Cert III Construction


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.

For further details of each of the course see the courses guide or for detailed course information refer to the BSSS website - BSSS Courses

MCSS receives Federal Government funding to support students in completing VET Qualifications.