Vocational Education and Training (VET) is recognised as valuable learning where students develop industry knowledge and skills and attain credits toward their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

VET students acquire their skills and knowledge for work through a nationally recognised industry-developed training package or accredited course. VET is delivered, assessed, and certified by registered training organisations (RTOs).

Birdwood High School is part of the Adelaide Hills Student Pathways alliance which offers students a wide range of VET courses. Year 11 and 12 students can access a variety of career pathways across many industries; it is not just reserved for a pathway within the trades. They can complete VET qualifications in other sectors, including business administration, health, hospitality, aged care and nursing, creative arts, sport and recreation, animal care, agriculture, and many more.

Most AHSPs courses will include a Structured Workplace Learning placement in industry. Benefits include:

  • Opportunities to explore areas that assist students in making decisions about further study and work.
  • VET qualifications are nationally recognised.
  • Students may gain credit towards traineeships and apprenticeships.
  • Student’s VET results will also be included as part of the student’s South Australian Certification of Education (SACE) requirements see the SACE Board website www.sace.sa.edu.au for further information
  • Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) increases opportunities for employment. The skills and knowledge gained whilst completing the work placement are valued by employers.

VET course applicants are expected to participate in an information session, an enrolment interview, and undertake a Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) test. They must also satisfy any conditions for enrolment in the respective program.

To download our VET Information please Click Here

Please call (08) 8568 5100 to register for an Information Session or find out more about our VET programs. You can also Click Here to download an expression of interest form and email it to dl.0770.info@schools.sa.edu.au

Please click on the icon below for course outlines of the many VET options.

Students successfully can combine VET studies to complete the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Student can acquire a maximum of 150 SACE credits at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 through the successful completion of VET qualifications and/or units of competency. Full completion of SACE requires 200 credits, including the compulsory 60 SACE credits from Stage 1 PLP (10), Literacy (20), Numeracy (20) and Stage 2 Research Project (10).

Through subject counselling and discussions with their Home Advisory Teacher and VET/Pathways Leader, students can plan their VET studies to compliment the SACE subjects on offer at Birdwood High School.

Students can gain qualifications at Certificate I, Certificate II, and Certificate III levels and credits towards the completion of the SACE. Full Certificate III qualifications not only provide an essential skill to assist in industry employment but can also be used in the calculation of an ATAR for university entrance. Students earn 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 details of how specific VET in SACE and how VET qualifications can earn SACE credits at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2, refer to the links below to SACE and their VET Recognition Register.