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Prairiewood High School

Prairiewood High School

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Vocational Education and Training

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are offered as part of the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or Record of School Achievement (RoSA). VET courses are designed to deliver workplace-specific skills and knowledge and cover a wide range of careers and industries. VET courses for secondary students are developed by NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) and are based on national training packages.

Students undertake a hands-on approach in order to apply a variety of workplace skills in a broad range of industries and occupations. VET offers options to enhance student access to industry, in order to acquire work-related skills.

In 2021 we have the following courses available:

·        Stage 6: Hospitality (Food and Beverage), Hospitality (Kitchen Operations), Retail Services, Sports Coaching, Primary Industries and Construction.

·        Stage 5: Hospitality, Agrifood Operations

All VET courses are delivered by registered training organisations (RTOs) that meet national standards and have the relevant qualification and units of competency on their scope of registration.

For school students in Years 9–12, VET is ‘dual accredited’. Students receive recognition towards their school qualification (Record of School Achievement or HSC), as well as a nationally recognised VET qualification. More information on the Statement of Attainment can be found at this link.

Assessment of students

Students in these courses work to develop the competencies, skills and knowledge described by each unit of competency assessed. To be assessed as competent a student must demonstrate to a qualified assessor they can effectively carry out tasks to industry standard. Students will be progressively assessed as ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’ in individual units of competency, signed off by the assessor.

Some VET courses include an HSC examination which provides the opportunity for students to have this HSC examination mark contribute towards the calculation of their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

Workplacement is a compulsory component of Stage 6 VET courses and develops links with industry to provide opportunities to develop skills in a real industry setting.

For more information please see the VET Handbook 2023.