Youth Education

Education & Training

Youth Education


Prahran Community Learning Centre (PCLC) offers vocationally focused programs for youth who have disengaged or are at risk of disengaging from mainstream education. Our programs offer clear pathways into either further education (including apprenticeships, vocational) or employment. Studies include literacy and numeracy skills, work skills/placements and students can also participate in a rewarding and enjoyable personal development program incorporating arts, community projects and excursions. Students also undertake VET accredited studies in their interest area. On completion of the program students may achieve the Victorian Certificate in Applied Learning (VCAL) Certificate.

The structure of the program is as follows:

  • Literacy and Numeracy.
  • Work Related Skills.
  • Personal Development.
  • Business, Business Admin or Visual Art.

All Learning areas are delivered in an interactive, flexible and interesting way.


Certificate I, II, III in General Education
Certificate II in Business
Certificate III in Business Administration
Certificate I, II & III in Visual Art

VCAL – Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning
VCAL is a hands-on option for Years 10, 11 and 12 students. Like the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education), VCAL is a recognised senior secondary qualification. VCAL was devised to fill the need for Year 10, 11 and 12 courses that suited all students for whom the VCE was too narrow.

Visual Arts
Certificate II & III in Visual Arts
Wednesdays 10.00am-2.00pm
Thursdays 10.00am -2.00pm


Term 1  29 January – 29 March (9 Weeks)
Term 2  16 April – 29 June (11 Weeks)
Term 3  16 July – 21 September (10 Weeks)
Term 4  8 October – 14 December (10 Weeks)

Democratic Principles Statement

The VCAL programs at Prahran Community Learning Centre (PCLC) promote and support the principles and practice of Australian Democracy.
This includes a commitment to:-

• Elected government
• The rule of law
• Equal rights for all before the law
• Freedom of religion
• Freedom of speech and association
• The values of openness and tolerance

PCLCs VCAL program will be free from discrimination and apply to all students whatever their race, gender, disability, language, religion, political or other opinion, nationality or place of birth, age, or other status and discard such discrimination explicitly and implicitly.
PCLC is committed to adhering to the VCAA Principles, Guidelines and Procedures in its VCAL programs. These principles provide students with an opportunity for further development of fundamental, underpinning knowledge, such as literacy, numeracy and employability skills.
PCLC’s VCAL programs promote democratic principles in the classroom through teaching practices which include a commitment to fair treatment to all in class discussions which value freedom of speech, tolerance of the views of others and open communication. PCLC’s Code of Conduct provides a framework for student behaviour to ensure the safety, comfort and wellbeing through respectful and appropriate behaviour.
Democratic principles are communicated to students, parents, staff and the community via PCLC’s website, Student and Staff handbooks, and via the students’ enrolment process.

Student Testimonial

“My name is Tim and I have always been very passionate for art. Tony I’d have to say as well as being an incredibly talented artist and expressionist, he puts all his drive and talent into us as students in a way that is very easy going but also extremely efficient & productive. Tony is without a doubt the most legitimate artist and teacher I have ever met along with a great person to learn from”

VCAL Senior Student

Accredited Courses

• This qualification is recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
• This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
• People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.