Vocational Education and Training (VET)

​Concordia students are able to study courses that not only contribute towards their QCE, but also provide an industry recognised qualification when they complete that course.

VET is learning which is directly related to work. Nationally recognised qualifications are developed by industry to give people the knowledge and skills they need to work in a particular job.

Students can undertake VET at school:

  • as part of their school studies - delivered and resourced by a school-registered training organisation (RTO)
  • by enrolling in a qualification with an external RTO - funded either by the department's VET investment budget or through fee-for-service arrangements i.e. where the student or parent pays for the qualification
  • as a school-based apprentice or trainee.

Some certificate courses are funded by the government so there is no out-of-pocket expense for the student to study the course. Other certificates are "fee for service" so there are costs associated with studying.

The fantastic thing about the Certificate II and III courses is that not only can they contribute up to 8 points towards your QCE, but you will also gain a nationally recognised industry qualification.
One of the great things about VET is its pathway network. VET qualifications provide an excellent basis to enter the workforce, but also provide students with a base to progress to higher-level qualifications. With the VET sector renowned for its accessibility, students can enter into a certificate course and then progress to a diploma, advanced diploma or bachelor degree by working their way up from qualification to qualification. You may even be granted credit for previous studies, cutting down the time required to complete a higher-level qualification.

In the ATAR system, achievement of a VET Certificate III or above can contribute to the calculation of a student’s Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or can provide a selection rank for admission to some universities. This approach recognises the role that VET plays in senior studies and the transition to employment, vocational and higher education pathways, while also ensuring that students have a sufficient breadth of academic subjects to cope with the demands of tertiary study.

For more information about VET opportunities at Concordia Lutheran College, please visit our dedicated careers and training website: .