VET Delivered to Secondary School Students


(formerly known as VET In Schools)

VET De​livered to Secondary School Students (VETDSSS) offers students the opportunity to complete a nationally-recognised qualification, while providing credit towards your VCE or VCAL. Many of our students chose to combine their secondary school studies with a VET qualification for a wide range of curriculum options and pathways to help them on their future career paths.

After successfully completing your course:

  • You will obtain a nationally recognised qualification or partial qualification depending on your chosen field of study, as well as your VCE or VCAL qualification
  • You are guaranteed entry into an equivalent or higher certificate qualification at Bendigo TAFE.

For more information contact the VETDSSS team on 9279 2429 or email

What is VET Delivered to Secondary School Students?

VETDSSS enables you to get real hands-on experience within a chosen industry, obtain a nationally recognised/accredited qualification and increase your career prospects by combining your secondary school studies with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) program.

A VETDSSS program can:

  • Prepare you for the workforce by providing hands on experience and getting you ‘job ready’.
  • Provide a nationally-recognised qualification for a specific industry.
  • Provide you with pathway opportunities and credit for higher level qualifications within the same vocational area.

What are the benefits?

  • Provides the skills and ability to achieve competencies which will enhance your employment and further training prospects.
  • Provides ‘work-ready’ knowledge and skills applicable to a variety of career paths in your chosen industry.
  • May shorten the duration of an apprenticeship program after Year 12 through credit recognition and articulation arrangements

Guaranteed Pathways to Bendigo TAFE

All students who successfully complete an eligible VETDSSS course through Bendigo TAFE will be guaranteed a place in a pathway course – giving you peace of mind when it comes to your study choice after secondary school.

How do VET programs contribute to VCE and VCAL?

VET programs can contribute to VCE and VCAL programs in the following ways:

  • VET may contribute to the VCE at the Units 1 and 2 or Units 3 and 4 level.
  • VET contributes to the VCAL through satisfying the requirements of the Industry Specific Skills or Work Related Skills strands. Each completed 90 hour block of VET equals one VCAL unit.

How VET is undertaken as part of the VCE or VCAL?

Our VETDSSS programs offers students two ways to undertake VET as part of the VCE or VCAL:


  • VCE VET programs are put together by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and provide credit towards the VCE or VCAL.
  • Some of these VCE VET programs provide scored assessment for Units 3 and 4, which contributes to a student’s ATAR (see below for more information).
  • The study score is calculated based on a set of coursework tasks and an examination set by VCAA.


  • Students who undertake qualifications that are not approved VCAA VCE VET programs, may be eligible for credit towards their VCE through Block Credit Recognition.
  • Credit is awarded in the VCE on the basis of achieving units of competency.
  • Credit is determined by the AQF level and the nominal hours of competency.

3. How VET contributes to the ATAR

  • Where a scored Units 3 and 4 sequence is available it will contribute directly to the ATAR, either as one of the student’s primary four studies or as a fifth or sixth study.
  • For unscored VCE VET programs, students who successfully complete a Units 3 and 4 sequences can receive an increment of 10% of the average of the primary four ATAR subject scores.
  • VTAC may award students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequences through Block Credit Recognition a 10% increment towards their ATAR.


VETDSSS offers Year 11 and Year 12 students the opportunity to complete a nationally-recognised qualification, while providing credit towards their VCE or VCAL. Many of our students chose to combine their secondary school studies with a VET qualification for a wide range of curriculum options and pathways to help them on their future career paths.

Taster programs are available for Year 10 students throughout the school year. Contact the Schools Team for more information at or phone: 1300 423 883.



Applications for students are made via the VET Delivered to Secondary School Students Portal. If you do not have a username and password, please contact


All places will be confirmed to the school in the first week of December. Running of courses is dependent upon sufficient student numbers.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

To enrol all VET Delivered to Secondary School Students, must provide Bendigo TAFE with their USI as a compulsory requirement of the Federal Government. If you do not already have a USI, then you must access the following website and follow the instructions

Program Costs:

All VETDSSS programs offered through Bendigo TAFE incur fees for tuition and materials. Program costs vary for each program. Bendigo TAFE invoices the secondary school directly for all programs and any student fees payable are set by the individual secondary schools.

All fees are invoiced directly to schools two weeks after the commencement of the program. Bendigo TAFE will not directly invoice VET Delivered to Secondary School Students or their parents.


Student Withdrawal Census date:

There is a two week period, from the commencement date, in which students can withdraw or change VETDSSS courses without incurring a fee. The VETDSSS department must be informed via email by the secondary school co-ordinator of any withdrawals or changes before the census date.

The Census date for 2020 is Monday 24th February 2020

The school will be invoiced the full enrolment amount for any student who is enrolled post the census date.

We request that schools email the VETDSSS department of withdrawals throughout the year to ensure that records are maintained accurately.


All VETDSSS contracts will be sent to schools in Term 2. It is the schools responsibility to have the contract signed and returned in a timely manner. Schools will be invoiced once the contract has been executed.

Term dates for 2020:

VETDSSS classes will commence on the week beginning 10th February 2020 and will run for 31 weeks.

Term 1:

10th February – 27th March (7 weeks)
CENSUS DATE: Monday 24th February 2020

Term 2:     

14th April – 26th June (11 weeks)

Term 3: 

13th July – 18th September (10 weeks)

Term 4:     

5th October – 23rd October (3 weeks)

VET Delivered to Secondary School Students – 2021 dates

VETDSSS classes will commence on the week commencing 8th February 2021 (they run for 31 weeks)

Term 1:       

8th February – 1st April (8 weeks)

CENSUS DATE: Monday 22nd February 2021 – 5pm

Term 2:      

19th April – 25th June (10 weeks)

Term 3:      

12th July – 17th September (10 weeks)

Term 4:      

4th October – 22nd October (3 weeks)

Student absences:

VETDSSS teachers mark attendance rolls every VETDSSS class. The rolls are emailed to Secondary School Co-ordinators on the day of classes.
If students are going to be absent, please email the administration contact of the teaching department, so they can inform the teaching department.
We require a minimum of 80% attendance to ensure that students are able to keep up with their learning throughout the year.

Duty of care whilst at Bendigo TAFE:

The ultimate responsibility for duty of care rests with the secondary school. If a student is required to leave class, they will be sent back to the secondary school and the school will be informed.
Bendigo TAFE has a student code of conduct and it is expected that all VET Delivered to Secondary School Students abide by the code. This can be emailed to schools at request.

Issuing of certificates and statements of results:

All student statements of results and certificates (where eligible) are sent directly to the student. These are mailed to the students at the end of the school year. Please ensure that Bendigo TAFE has updated information on student’s residential addresses.

Contact Information:

VET Delivered to Secondary School Students Team:
Phone:                 9279 2429

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