Atwell College

VET Program Pathway

In the VET Program area, students have the opportunity to explore possible career pathways through Authority Developed Workplace Learning (ADWPL) and investigate the training required at TAFE, some private Registered Training Providers or within pre-apprenticeships or traineeships. There are opportunities to commence studies with TAFE colleges, Private Training Providers, pre-apprenticeships or traineeships while still in Year 11 or 12, increasing eligibility for further skills training and future employment. Qualifications may also give students the opportunity to gain entry to university in a number of courses.

The Vocational Pathway consists of

  • English General
  • Mathematics Essentials
  • Career and Enterprise General
  • A Certificate II delivered at Atwell College
  • One or two days attending a Registered Training Provider, and
  • One day of Authority Developed Workplace Learning (ADWPL)

The VET Program Pathway has been developed for students who intend on gaining entry to further training, apprenticeships, or work. It enables students to gain nationally-recognised qualifications and industry skills whilst completing their secondary education. VET is taken as part of the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and contributes significantly towards WACE achievement. A VET qualification provides students with essential skills which are transferable across multiple employment and education pathways. Year 11 and 12 students in this program can complete a recognised qualification at a Certificate II level or higher at school as part of their senior school course selection.

Students can only enter the VET Program if they have achieved a 'C' grade or higher in both Mathematics and English in Year 10 in Semester One.

For further information on the VET Program at Atwell College please contact Mrs Pippa Ralston at

Competency-based Assessment

All qualifications provided at the college or accessed through a Registered Training Provider are competency based. The Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) defines a 'competency' as: The specification of knowledge and skill, and the application of that knowledge and skill within an occupation or industry level to the standard or performance required in employment. That is, the ability to perform a job to the level of performance required in the workplace. Competency-based assessment (CBA) is the process of collecting evidence and making judgments on whether a learner is able to demonstrate the competencies identified by industry as essential for satisfactory performance in the workplace. The learner demonstrates that she/he has achieved all the required competencies. A learner is assessed as either not yet having achieved the competencies or as competent.

For further information on the VET Program at Atwell College please contact Mrs Pippa Ralston at

Workplace Learning (ADWPL)

Authority-Developed Workplace Learning (ADWPL) is an Authority endorsed program that provides an invaluable opportunity for students to develop the many skills they need for employment. Students will receive:

  • Meaningful training for the transition from school to work,
  • The opportunity to acquire 'hands-on' experience and practical training in the workplace, and
  • SCSA accreditation towards a WACE.

To enrol in Workplace Learning, students must be eligible for and select the Vocational Program. Success in these studies will be shown on the student's WASSA from SCSA and contribute to the student achieving a WACE.

Success in ADWPL may contribute significantly to a student's successful entry to a Training WA college.

If you are a business owner or employer and would consider hosting a Year 11 or 12 student for one or two days a week, please contact Leah via the email below.

For further information on ADWPL at Atwell College, please contact Mrs Leah Martinovich at

Please note this information is subject to change without notice.

Obtaining your Unique Student Identifier (USI) number

From 1 January 2015, all students enrolling or re-enrolling in any form of training will be required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

Your son or daughter will need the USI to enrol at any State Training Provider or Private Training Provider. This includes enrolling in VET for Schools programs as well as for certificate qualifications delivered at Atwell College.

More information about the USI can be found here

It's easy... follow these 6 simple steps

STEP 1: Have at least one form of ID for your son or daughter ready: Driver's Licence, Australian Passport, Medicare Card, Birth Certificate, Visa (with non-Australian Passport), Immigration Card or Citizenship Certificate

STEP 2: Have your personal contact details ready: Address, email and/or phone number

STEP 3: Visit and click on 'Create a USI'

STEP 4: Agree to the terms and conditions and follow the steps

STEP 5: Write your son or daughter's unique number down and keep it somewhere handy and safe.

STEP 6: Provide this number (USI) with your son or daughter's name to Atwell College via email You will also need the USI when they enrol or re-enrol with a training provider in the future.

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