0.5 years full time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
Start date:
5 February 2024
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Gain important foundation skills in literacy and numeracy with a Certificate I in General Education for Adults (Introductory) 22476VIC at Victoria University Polytechnic.

During this course you’ll develop skills and knowledge in:

  • reading and writing
  • numeracy
  • communication
  • digital literacy.

This course will help you to prepare for further literacy and numeracy study in a supportive and encouraging environment. This certificate is designed for people who wish to improve their skills for personal, community or workplace purposes.

Upon completion of this course you will have gained confidence in basic reading, writing and numeracy.

This certificate is part of the Western Melbourne English Program (WMEP). Find out more about the WMEP program and its support services.

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.

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

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.

VU has one of the best campus-wide WiFi networks. We also have more than 4000 computers (PCs and Apple Mac) spread across our campuses. A central IT helpdesk is also available for support.

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 cultural diversity initiatives and projects with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities.

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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. 

Course structure

The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.
To be awarded the 22476VIC Certificate I in General Education for Adults (Introductory), 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 skills writing units;
  • four (4) core skills numeracy and mathematics units, and;
  • four (4) special interest electives, which can be selected from:
  • units listed in the special interest electives list, which have not been previously 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 22471VIC Course in Initial General Education for Adults or the 22472VIC Certificate I 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.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).



Core Skills: Reading and Oracy

Core Skills: Writing

Core Skills: Numeracy and Mathematics

Special Interest Electives

22476VIC Certificate I in General Education for Adults (Introductory) 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:

- own short term learning objectives;

- highly familiar and predictable text types relevant to own needs;

- basic reading strategies to engage with familiar paper based and web based text types, and;

- stages or processes of writing including planning, drafting and editing.

Graduates at this level will have foundational cognitive, technical and communication skills to:

- identify and review achievement of own short term learning objectives;

- undertake defined routine activities such as planning and carrying out a simple project based on own identified interests;

- identify and report simple issues and problems such as identifying problems in achieving learning goals;

- use a limited range of reading strategies to create meaning from simple familiar and predictable text types;

- convey and discuss information about texts;

- construct simple and familiar text with appropriate support;

- apply simple mathematical knowledge in familiar and everyday situations, and;

- use paper based and web based mediums to engage with and create simple texts.

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 with a support person to discuss, identify and implement own short term learning objectives;

- completing project tasks according to agreed steps;

- working with other learners to discuss roles and expected outcomes for a project;

- locating, reading and interpreting specific information in simple, familiar and predictable paper based and web based text types;

- creating texts for a limited purpose and audience, and;
- applying relevant mathematical information in familiar contexts.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

Fee type definitions

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

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

As part of the application process all applicants are required to complete the following, in order to determine the correct course level for admission:
* a Pre-Training Review (PTR)
* a literacy and numeracy assessment
* attend an interview

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.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

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.

Available start dates:

  • 5 February 2024

Before you apply

Before starting your application, please read through the step-by-step VU Polytechnic application process to make sure you have all the necessary documents and information ready to successfully complete your application.

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  • Australian birth certificate
  • Australian passport
  • Medicare card (green)
  • Australian citizenship certificate.

Non-Australian applicants, please bring:

  • New Zealand passport
  • Australian visa (in passport)
  • ImmiCard
  • current concession card.

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