VET

Vocational Education at St Laurence's College encompasses vocation subjects and vocational experiences. The program prepares students in their transition from school to work.

Senior students who select fewer than four General subjects are offered a broad choice of courses and experiences through the College's Vocational Education program. As Alternative Pathway students, a range of vocational subjects are offered, or a combination of Applied, General and Certificate courses. 

Vocational Education at St Laurence’s College encompasses three main areas:

  • VET (Vocational Education and Training) Certificate courses
  • Applied Courses
  • SWL/Work Experience.
Certificate Courses
Applied Subjects
Placement and Experience
Complaints and Appeals Policy
National VET Data Policy

Certificate Courses

St Laurence’s College is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO No. 30357), and we are able to offer nationally recognised certificates to our students as part of their everyday curriculum. There has been significant growth in this area within the College. Students are given opportunities in a large number of pathways to further study or gain employment in the Senior phase of learning. St Laurence’s College offers the following certificates on campus*:

  • Certificate I in Construction (CPC10111)*
  • Certificate II in Engineering Pathways (MEM20413) in partnership with TAFE Queensland RTO No. 0275
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology (UEE22011) in partnership with TAFE Queensland RTO No. 0275
  • Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30315) in partnership with Australian Institute of Personal Trainers RTO No. 32363
  • Certificate III in Engineering - Technical (MEM30505) in partnership with TAFE Queensland RTO No. 0275
  • Certificate III in Business (BSB20115) in partnership with Foundation Education RTO No. 22557 - Year 11 only
  • Certificate II in Sport and Recreation (SIS20115) in partnership with Australian Institute of Personal Trainers RTO No. 32363 - Year 10 only

For more information regarding these Certificate courses and the units of competency covered in each course, refer to the relevant Senior Curriculum Handbook and the Vocational Education Handbook 2019.

*These courses are available to international Visa students. 

Applied Subjects

Applied subjects are suited to students who are primarily interested in pathways beyond senior secondary schooling that lead to vocational education and training or work. Applied subjects may contribute up to four credits towards the QCE. Results in Applied subjects contribute to the award of a QCE and one Applied subject result may contribute to an ATAR. 

The following Applied subjects are on offer at St Laurence's College during Year 11 and 12:

  • Essential English
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Religion and Ethics
  • Recreation and Sport
  • Visual Arts in Practice
  • Business Studies

For the final year of the OP (for Year 12 students only), the following Authority-Registered subjects are still on offer: 

  • English Communication
  • Prevocational Mathematics
  • Recreation
  • Religion and Ethics
  • Furnishing Studies

For more information regarding these subjects, please refer to the relevant Senior Curriculum Handbook and/or the Vocational Education Handbook 2019.

Placement and Experience

Structured Work Placement

Structured Work Placement provides students with experience in the workplace. Those students completing a Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificate where it is a requirement to have some time in the industry, will complete a certain number of hours in the workplace.

The Structured Work Placement program is also compulsory for all students who study:

Year 11 (ATAR system):

  • Three or less General subjects 
  • Four General subjects and two Certificate II course
  • Four General subjects, one Certificate II course and one Certificate I course

Year 12 (OP system):

  • Two or more non-OP subjects. This may include any combination of certificate courses and Authority registered subjects.

Students will complete four-five weeks in industry over Year 11 and 12 in areas aligned to SET Plans. The aim is to ensure that students are confident that the industry area they would like to pursue is the correct fit for them. It also gives students a head start with what to expect from future employers. Students are required to choose an industry area relevant to the subjects in which they undertake in the curriculum.

Each semester students will complete placement application forms indicating a vocational area in which they wish to work. Once they are placed, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure the agreement form is completed and returned, signed by student, parent and employer before placement occurs.

Complaints and Appeals Policy

Any person wishing to make a complaint against the school concerning its conduct as an registered training organisation (RTO), whether a complaint, appeal or other matter, shall have access to the complaints and appeals procedure. Complaints include conduct of the RTO, its trainers, assessors or other staff; a third party providing services on the RTO’s behalf, its trainers, assessors or other staff; or a student of the RTO. An appeal can be a request for a review of decisions, including assessment decisions, made by the RTO or a third party providing services on the RTO’s behalf.

All formal complaints and appeals will be heard and decided within 15 working days of the receipt of the written complaint/appeal by the school. The VET Manager will keep a Register of Complaints and Appeals which documents all formal complaints/appeals and their resolution.  Any substantiated complaints/appeals will be reviewed as part of the continuous improvement procedure.  The principles of natural justice and procedural fairness are adopted at every stage of the complaint and appeal process.

Please note, for any complaints or appeals concerning the following courses, please direct to the relevant Registered Training Organisation (RTO):

  • Certificate I in Construction (CPC10111) St Laurence’s College RTO No. 30357*
  • Certificate II in Engineering Pathways (MEM20413) in partnership with TAFE Queensland RTO No. 0275
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology (UEE22011) in partnership with TAFE Queensland RTO No. 0275
  • Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30315) in partnership with Australian Institute of Personal Trainers RTO No. 32363
  • Certificate III in Engineering – Technical (MEM30505) in partnership with TAFE Queensland RTO No. 0275
  • Certificate III in Business (BSB20115) in partnership with Foundation Education RTO No. 22557 - Year 11 only
  • Certificate II in Sport and Recreation (SIS20115) in partnership with Australian Institute of Personal Trainers RTO No. 32363 - Year 10 only

*These courses are available to international Visa students. 

All external complaints and appeals should be directed to the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) via the link here.

To read the St Laurence’s College RTO Complaints and Appeals Policy in full, please refer to the links below:

National VET Data Policy

Under the Data Provision Requirements 2012, St Laurence’s College is required to collect personal information about students and to disclose that personal information to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd (NCVER).

Students' personal information may be used or disclosed by St Laurence’s College for statistical, administrative, regulatory and research purposes.

St Laurence’s College may disclose the students' personal information for these purposes to:

  • Commonwealth and State or Territory government departments and authorised agencies; and NCVER. 

Personal information that has been disclosed to NCVER may be used or disclosed by NCVER for the following purposes:

  • Populating authenticated VET transcripts;
  • Facilitating statistics and research relating to education, including surveys and data linkage;
  • Re-populating RTO student enrolment forms;
  • Understanding how the VET market operates, for policy, workforce planning and consumer information; and
  • Administering VET, including program administration, regulation, monitoring and evaluation.

Students may receive a survey which may be administered by a government department or NCVER employee, agent or third-party contractor or other authorised agencies. Please note students may opt out of the survey at the time of being contacted.

NCVER will collect, hold, use and disclose the student's personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the National VET Data Policy and all NCVER policies and protocols (including those published on NCVER's website at www.ncver.edu.au).