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Vocational Education and Training

Vocational Education Training provides students with a wide range of alternative pathways and a duel qualification while working towards the HSC and can link into post school options. Vocational Education course are available to all Stage Six students. Students with special educational needs can access a VET course to enable them to gain skills and experience for a smooth transition from school to work but need to meet industry training package requirement to receive the full qualification or a statement of attainment.

VET courses can only be delivered through registered training organisations (RTOs) that meet national standards and have the relevant qualification and units of competency on their scope of registration.


Vocational education course undertaken in Stage Six falls under two categories. Framework and Non-Framework.

Framework courses are Board Developed Courses offered by the NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority). They are accredited by both Industry and NESA. Framework VET courses are studied as a 240-hour (2 Unit) course over 2 years and contribute to a student's ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank).

Delivered under Association of Independent Schools RTO (90413)

  • Hospitality-SIT20316 Certificate II in Hospitality
  • Electrotechnology-UEE22011 Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start)
  • Construction
  • Education Support

Other Framework courses are available at other SPCC campuses. Please talk to the Head of Teaching and Learning for more information.

Non-Framework or VET Board Endorsed courses (VET BECs) count as Board Endorsed unit credit for the HSC but do not contribute towards an ATAR. For more information about Framework and Non-Framework courses contact the Head of Teaching and Learning.

DID YOU REALISE YOU COULD STUDY A TAFE COURSE AS A PART OF YOUR HSC? This is called TVET. To learn more visit the Hunter TAFE website.


It's not easy making big decisions about your future, especially where your career is concerned. That is why St Philip's Christian College Port Stephens, provides a Vocational Education Training option for students to follow different pathways to meet the HSC credited requirements.

In Stage 6 students can choose courses that will help them move from school to work or further education, with confidence.

In today's competitive job market, by studying vocational courses, students can obtain valuable experience to help them in future employment by showing aptitude in specialist areas or developing knowledge and skills beyond entry level. Work Placement experiences are a significant component of VET courses, which allows students to be aware of industry opportunities and develop contacts.

VET courses place an expectation that students meet industry standard in the skills and knowledge to be industry ready. Students are encouraged to make a committed effort to gain the relevant skills, which will help them to become useful and productive citizens in the workplace and community. Education at SPCC recognises the needs of the whole child, and vocational education fits firmly into that model. With reference to the Core Values (2001) “serve one another” – we want to appreciate the unique God-given potential of each person.

What are the ADVANTAGES in selecting a VET courses as part of your HSC?

  • VET courses enable students to gain industry recognised skills while studying for the HSC.
  • Students can receive an HSC accreditation from NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), a Private Registered Training Organisation or may also receive a Certificate of Attainment.
  • Some existing casual employment can be used to acknowledge existing industry employment skills through RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning).
  • VET courses completed in Stage Six can be used to RPL into higher levels of course studies in the same Training package.
  • Students have the chance to study in an adult environment.
  • Career skills learned are considered valuable to employers in the work place.
  • On the job work placements provide additional work skills and industry contacts.


  • All courses incur additional expenses e.g. uniforms, equipment, beyond subsidy level.
  • You may not get into a course as there is competition for places.
  • You may have to travel to a venue e.g. TAFE campus - Travel is at your expense
  • Withdrawal from courses before completion of a course is COSTLY - student pays the full fee, and subsidies do not apply.
  • On the job work placements may put additional pressure on school work load.
  • VET Course information to help your decision making

Hospitality - Cert 3 Brochure

2020 Hospitality Brochure pdf (761.032 KB)

Electrotechnology - Cert 2 Brochure

Electrotechnology Flyer V1 2 pdf (2.426 MB)