Develop literacy and numeracy skills with a Certificate I in General Education for Adults at Victoria University Polytechnic.
During this course you’ll gain skills and knowledge in:
- reading and writing
- digital literacy
This certificate is designed for people who wish to further improve their skills for routine personal, community or workplace purposes, or to further general education studies. Upon completion of this course you will have the gained confidence in general reading, writing and numeracy.
Victoria University Polytechnic is a supportive place to study. We have a range of academic support programs that can help you if you’re struggling with your studies.
We can help you with your assignments and assessment tasks, maths, writing skills and English language support, as well as showing you effective ways to study and manage your time and preparation. Our study support programs include:
- workshops and study groups
- student mentors and peer learning
- maths and writing resources.
Our campus libraries offer career advice, academic resources and learning and IT support in relaxed lounge-like settings. You'll have access to photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.
You'll 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 and social networking tools.
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. Our students feel fortunate to learn in a setting that has such a rich representation of cultures.
VU also works to address refugee issues, tackle diversity 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.
It's widely recognised that the more education you've completed, the more opportunities you’ll have in the job market. General education studies at Victoria University 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.
To be awarded the 22472VIC 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, and;
- fourteen (14) elective units, comprising of:
- three (3) core skills reading and oracy units;
- three (3) core writing units;
- four (4) core skills numeracy and mathematics units, and;
- four (4) special interest electives units, which can be selected from:
- units listed in the special interest electives list, which have not previously been completed, and/or;
- core skills reading and oracy, writing and numeracy and mathematics units from the 22476VIC Certificate I in General Education for Adults (Introductory), or the 22472VIC Certificate I in General Education for Adults or the 22473VIC Certificate II in General Education for Adults, which have not previously been completed, and/or;
- units/modules which are first packaged in AQF level 1 or 2 qualifications in nationally endorsed training packages or accredited curriculum.
Electives must be industry relevant as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.
Core Skills: Reading and Oracy
Core Skills: Writing
Core Skills: Numeracy and Mathematics
Special Interest Electives
Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers
Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.
22472VIC 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 knowledge:
- of the importance of documenting learning to support progress and factors which can support or hinder progress in learning;
- of different learning strategies and how they contribute to learning;
- that texts have different audiences and purposes;
- of reading strategies and features in a range of familiar and less familiar text types;
- of basic structural conventions of text types, and;
- that signs/prints/symbols represent meaning in familiar mathematical information.
Graduates at this level will have foundational cognitive and communication skills to:
- clarify project goals with an appropriate support person, plan, carry out, document and evaluate a project;
- develop, implement and review learning goals;
- read, interpret and evaluate familiar and less familiar texts;
- create a range of familiar and some less familiar 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 paper based and web based 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, implement and monitor progress towards achievement of learning goals;
- practical application of an agreed action plan in a project activity in a familiar and some less familiar contexts and/or around a specific content area of interest;
- interpreting and evaluating a range of familiar and less familiar text types of limited complexity in a range of familiar contexts;
- creating a range of familiar and less familiar paper based and web based texts of limited complexity related to different 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. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
- full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
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.
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 attend an interview and complete a literacy and numeracy assessment.
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
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
Apply direct to VUApply direct to VU using our admission centre submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information. Apply direct to VU
Already a VU student?
If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (which may go to your spam/junk folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered