Atwell College

Vocational Education and Training

Vocational Pathway Program

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, Registered Training Providers or within apprenticeships or traineeships. There are opportunities to commence studies with TAFE colleges, Private Training Providers, apprenticeships or traineeships while still in Year 11 or 12, increasing eligibility for further skills training and future employment. Qualifications and units of competency are nationally recognised and also give students the opportunity to gain entry to university in a number of courses.

The Vocational Pathway consists of

  • English General or English ATAR
  • Mathematics Essentials or Mathematics Applications
  • Career and Enterprise General
  • One or two days attending a Registered Training Provider and
  • One day of Authority Developed Workplace Learning (ADWPL)

The Vocational Pathways has been developed for students who intend on gaining entry to further training, apprenticeships or work.

Vocational Pathway students will have the opportunity of gaining dual certification: WACE and nationally recognised qualifications at the completion of the course. Students can only enter the Vocational Program if they have achieved a 'C' grade or higher in both Mathematics and English in Year 10 in Semester One.

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 Kylie Lee 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 to Mrs Neroli Sweetman at as soon as possible. You will also need the USI when they enrol or re-enrol with a training provider in the future.

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