Information on this page is for Australian residents

0.5 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 31 December 2018


This is a general education course which provides learners with an accredited general education at Australian Qualifications Framework Level 1.

You'll develop important skills and gain confidence in:

  • reading and writing
  • numeracy and mathematics
  • communication – listening and speaking
  • use of computers.

You’ll learn in a supportive and encouraging environment. This course will help you meet your personal needs as well as help you to participate in the community. You’ll also be prepared for further study and increase your employment opportunities.

This certificate is designed for adults (both migrants and native English speakers) who have had limited formal education, wish to improve their skills to return to work or for formal study. 

When you complete this course, you’ll be able to:

  • clarify project goals with a support person
  • understand familiar texts
  • create simple texts
  • use simple mathematics.

VU's Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

As part of Victoria University, Victoria University Polytechnic believes in inclusivity, diversity and opportunity. Studying with us means you’ll be learning in an environment that values community empowerment.

Victoria University received the highest rating of five stars for cultural diversity by the Good Universities Guide.

VU also works to address refugee and social-inclusion issues, and improve the health and social wellbeing of the region. We are proud of our varied cultural and community engagement projects with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities.

Need some advice?

Request a call back from one of our experienced Victoria Polytechnic course advisers to get your questions answered.

Request a call back

Already a VU student?

To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

TAFE resources


It is widely recognised that the more education you have completed, the more opportunities you’ll have in the job market. General education studies at Victoria Polytechnic can help you get your foot in the door for your future studies and your dream career.

This course will improve your literacy, numeracy, communication and computer skills, as well as improve your confidence.  These skills will create more options for your career path in the future. Studying this course will help you access further certificates in general education, further TAFE studies or other training or work opportunities.

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) core skills reading units;
  • three (3) core skills writing units;
  • four (4) core skills numeracy and mathematics units, and;
  • four (4) special interest electives, which can be selected from:
  • special interest elective units listed in the 22236VIC Certificate I in General Education for Adults curriculum, which have not been previously completed, and/or;
  • core skills reading, writing and numeracy and mathematic units listed in the 22236VIC Certificate I in General Education for Adults curriculum or the 22235VIC Certificate I in General Education for Adults (Introductory) curriculum or the 22237VIC Certificate II in General Education for Adults curriculum, 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.

22236VIC Certificate I in General Education For Adults qualification learning outcomes are as follows:

Graduates at this level will have foundational knowledge for everyday life, further learning and preparation for initial work through: 
• of the importance of documenting learning to support progress and factors which can support or hinder progress in learning;
• that different learning strategies and how they contribute to learning;
• that texts have different audiences and purposes;
• of reading strategies and features in routine texts;
• of basic structural conventions of text, and;
• that signs / prints/ symbols represent meaning in familiar mathematical information.

Graduates at this level will have foundational cognitive, technical and communication skills to: 
• clarify project goals with an appropriate support person, plan, carry out, document and evaluate a project;
• design, monitor and document an individual learning plan, and maintain a portfolio of evidence;
• read, interpret and evaluate familiar texts;
• create a range or routine texts with some specialised vocabulary;
• interpret, use, estimate and calculate a range of simple numerical information for immediate personal purposes and some less familiar contexts, and;
• use print based and digital mediums to engage with and create texts of limited complexity.

Application of knowledge and skills
Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy in highly structured and stable contexts and within narrow parameters through: 
• working to an agreed program to plan, document and monitor progress towards achieving learning goals;
• practical application of an agreed action plan in a project activity in a familiar context and/or around a specific content area of interest;
• interpreting and evaluating familiar texts of limited complexity in a range of familiar contexts;
• creating a range of everyday paper based and digital texts of limited complexity related to personal purposes, which may include some unfamiliar aspects, and;
• applies mathematical information and problem solving strategies in familiar contexts.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

Calculate your course fees.

Find out:

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

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.

Applicants are best placed to successfully undertake this qualification if they have language, literacy and numeracy skills that align to Level 2 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

How to apply

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.

Before you apply, consider whether you also wish to apply for:

When you're ready:

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

Direct applications due 31 December 2018.

Apply direct to VU

Use our Admissions centre to

  • Save incomplete applications to finish later
  • Submit applications for one or more courses
  • Track the progress of your applications
  • Upload any additional information we request

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

Enquire now

Please fill out the form below, and we'll get back to you shortly.

Information marked with an asterisk * is required.

Please note that if changes to this course occur, VU will notify students as soon as possible.

At Victoria University, we aim to display accurate and complete course information online. However, we are unable to guarantee that every course change is currently displayed. You may contact the University directly on +61 3 9919 6100 to confirm the most up-to-date course fees, pathways and credit transfer, recognition of prior learning, admission and enrolment procedures, examinations and services available to our students.