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Vocational Education and Training (VET)
What is VET in Schools?

Vocational Education and Training (VET) encompasses all employment related learning in schools. Research shows that vocational education in school is important for the successful transition into the world of work for many students. Students have the opportunity to undertake accredited VET courses. These courses not only count towards the HSC, they are Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) qualifications recognised throughout Australia providing students with a head start towards further study.

St Edwards College offers the following VET courses.  For more information click the images below:

Stage 5 – Manufacturing and Construction

Did you know…

12% of University
students use

VET qualification to
get into

their University course


Stage 6 – Construction, Metal & Engineering, Entertainment, Hospitality (Food & Beverage and Kitchen Operations) and Sports Coaching.

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Sports Coaching

Hospitality Kitchen Operations

Metals and Engineering




Why are VET Courses so Popular?

All VET courses give students the opportunity to fast track a career. Qualifications achieved at school will be recognised for further training beyond school and generally provide credit transfer to related higher qualifications.

All VET courses provide practical and hands-on approaches to learning that are enjoyed by many students. All students are required to do a minimum one-week on-the-job each year. This gives them the chance to apply their classroom learning in a real world setting and some students pick up part-time jobs that provide a valuable work record and experience for later life.

Do VET Courses Count for the HSC?

Absolutely. All VET courses, whether studied at school or with another registered provider, give credit for the HSC and will appear on the HSC Statement of Attainment issued by the Board of Studies. Additionally, many VET courses offer an HSC examination and an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score that can count towards university entrance into all degrees.

Will Students Aiming for University be Disadvantaged by Doing VET for the HSC?

Many students who are bound for university take a VET course. The record shows that they are not disadvantaged for university entrance. HSC marks in VET courses compare more than favourably with marks in general courses when students commit study time.

What if a Student is Interested in a Trade?

Students will complete the HSC and the first year of a trade qualification. They will sign a contract for a traineeship or apprenticeship and get paid while they complete their HSC. Students will be required to work for a minimum of 100 days over the two years at school.