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22236VIC - Certificate I in General Education For Adults

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  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen; or
  • Are an Australian permanent resident; or
  • Hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa
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  • are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident; and
  • do not hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa; and
  • are not a New Zealand citizen; and
  • hold a temporary visa.

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Course essentials

Develop important reading, writing and numeracy skills in this General Education course for Adults. 

You will develop skills:

  • in reading, writing, numeracy and communication
  • that meet your personal needs
  • that facilitate your participation in the community, in the workplace, and in further education and training.


  • Further education and training.

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

Course objectives

22236VIC Certificate I in General Education for Adults aims to provide skill development in the areas of reading, writing and numeracy at AQF Level I. The course also focuses on the development of general education skills and generic skills through the creation of an individual learning plan and the implementation of a project. The overall objective of this course is to provide the foundation level skills required for further higher level study, employment or community participation.

Course structure

To be awarded 22236VIC Certificate I in General Education for Adults, a student must successfully complete a total of sixteen (16) units of competency, comprising of:
- two (2) core units;
- three (3) units Core Skills Reading units;
- three (3) units Core Skills Writing units;
- four (4) Core Skills Numeracy, and;
- four (4) Special Interest electives, which can be selected from:

- units listed in the Special Interest Electives, which have not been previously completed, and/or;

- Core Skills Reading, Writing and Numeracy & Mathematics units from the 22236VIC Certificate I in General Education for Adults or Core Skills, or the 22235VIC Certificate I in General Education for Adults (Introductory) or the 22237VIC Certificate II in General Education for Adults, which have not been previously completed, and/or;

- units / modules which are first packaged in AQF level 1 or 2 qualifications in nationally endorsed training packages or accredited curriculum.

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Core units

Core Skills - Reading

Core Skills - Writing

Core Skills - Numeracy and Mathematics

Special Interest Electives

Units in Transition

These units will not be offered after 31 December 2016. These units are only available for current/continuing students. They are not available for prospective students.

There are no pre-requisite unit requirements for 22236VIC Certificates I in General Education for Adults

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Selection of applicants for 22236VIC Certificate I in General Education for Adults is based on their need to develop literacy, numeracy and general education skills for further study, employment or community participation.
Enrolling students in 22236VIC Certificate I in General Education for Adults should have literacy and language skills at least equivalent to 22235VIC Certificate I (Introductory) in General Education for Adults which is equivalent to Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) Level 2.

Students in the 22236VIC Certificate I in General Education for Adults should have numeracy skills at least equivalent to ACSF Level 1. At Level 2 of the ACSF language, literacy, and numeracy skills are characterised by the following:
Comprehending and/or producing structurally simple and cohesive texts which are typically short and explicit
Activities and assessments should relate to familiar and predictable contexts and structured support should be provided as required.

How to apply for this course

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Direct applications due 31 December 2017.

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You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).

Direct applications due 31 December 2017.

After you apply:

  • It’s important to check for emails from us (remember to check your Spam folder).
  • Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered

You can also contact us directly:

  • Ring us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387)
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