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Alternative Education Providers in Melbourne

Centre for Adult Education - VCE

03 9652 0611

253 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

The Centre for Adult Education (CAE) delivers a range of education programs for adults and young people looking to develop their skills for study or work. Located on Flinders Lane they are conveniently located near Flinders St Station and lots of tram lines.


The Centre for Adult Education (CAE) provide a range of alternative and flexible education programs for young people including New Pathways Re Connect which is a tailored program for disadvantaged young people and provides mentoring, challenge activities, accredited training and personal support to assist early school leavers re-engage in education – students complete GCE and pathway into other programs.


Students can complete Year 11, Units 1 & 2 VCE subjects and Year 12, Units 3 & 4 Units in English and Mathematics.

Kensington Community High School

9376 1953

405 Racecourse Rd, Kensington VIC 3031

Kensington Community High School provides practical learning initiatives in a safe, supportive educational environment, focusing on improving the futures of their students. With small class sizes, the school is a great alternative to mainstream schools allowing all young people to flourish in non-traditional approaches to education and allows students to complete a range of vocational and VET in Schools initiatives within their VCAL qualification. Students have a choice of targeted and guided electives that provide students with a broad and engaging curriculum program.


9629 4222

66 Cromwell St, Collingwood VIC 3066

STREAT was started in 2009 in the City of Melbourne aiming to raise awareness and assist people experiencing homelessness. When STREAT kick-started, it offered a six-month Certificate II program to its young people. This has now evolved into a suite of programs including hospitality short courses, a Certificate II program, work experience opportunities and a creative arts program. This program exists for youth whom are: -homeless, or at risk of homelessness - socially isolated and/or marginalised - are exiting, or have recently exited remand - have a mental health diagnosis and need a supportive learning and work experience environment - have recently left a detox or rehab facility and need a supportive learning and work experience environment.

Hester Hornbrook (Melbourne Academy)

9611 2411

244 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000

The Hester Hornbrook Academy is an Independent school run by Melbourne City Mission. With the support of an Educator and a Youth Worker in every classroom, the Hester Hornbrook Academy aims to reconnect disengaged young people through a combination of learning and wellbeing support, through a curriculum which is flexible and tailored to each individual’s interests and goals. The practical education programs are project-based and connected to real world employment skills. They offer:
• Foundation, Intermediate and Senior community-based Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
• Accredited training through our own Registered Training Organisation (RTO: 40580) or we assist students to access external training providers including TAFEs and private providers
• HEAT (Hospitality Employment and Training) Program
• Young Mums classrooms where students can be pregnant and can bring their baby in to class when they are ready to return to learning
• Specialised support for young people experiencing homelessness
• Connect Youth program, providing outreach education, small groupbased workshops and case management support.


+61 3 9925 2260 

124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

With RMIT’s VCE program you can complete your VCE in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD without any compulsory extra-curricular activities, allowing you to focus on your studies. RMIT’s alternative pathway delivers Year 11 (units 1 and 2) and Year 12 (units 3 and 4) allowing you to select courses per Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) requirements and complete 16 units, including four Year 12 sequences. Students will have access to a youth pathways coordinator with RMIT VCE offering a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations and group discussions.

Youth projects

9945 2100

7-9 Hosier Lane Melbourne 3000

Youth Projects works with local schools, families and community organisations to engage or re-engage young people back into education or secure alternative education and training opportunities. The strengths-based approach lets people find out what they like, are good at, want to know more about, and can succeed at. With this approach participants realise their past experiences of school and the barriers that held them back, need not do so in the future. At the end of their onsite short courses most clients have already made new friends and new decisions about their future.


William Angliss Institute (VCAL)

+613 9606 2111

555 La Trobe St Melbourne Victoria 3000

At the William Angliss Institute as a VCAL student you will complete your course on campus, with small class sizes to ensure mentorship and close relationships with your peers. You will be responsible for driving your own learning to be best prepared for the working environment post-study. The four compulsory VCAL strands are literacy and numeracy skills; work related skills; industry specific skills and personal development skills. Available qualifications include: - Cookery – Certificate II in Kitchen Operations - Food and beverage – Certificate II in Hospitality - Tourism – Certificate II in Tourism - Youth Pathways – five specialised industry streams (Aviation (cabin crew) Hospitality Management, Tourism, Cookery and Patisserie)

St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre

0409 955 001

385 Queensberry St, North Melbourne VIC 3051

St. Joseph's Flexible Learning Centre works with young people who are vulnerable and experience a complexity of inter-related needs. St. Joseph's Flexible Learning Centre offers an inclusive and nondiscriminating learning community to young people, who for a variety of reasons, are disenfranchised from mainstream education.

River Nile

Ph. 9329 8425

Level 1, 117 Capel St, North Melbourne 3051 au

Empowering women through Education, the River Nile School provides VCAL programs for women from African backgrounds, aged 15- 20+ years. Strong student welfare supports, MYKI and Childcare provided. Many young women from African-Australian backgrounds can sometimes feel overwhelmed in the mainstream education system, the RN School provides a more nurturing environment with small class sizes to help these students succeed.

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