Gain important foundation skills in literacy and numeracy with a Certificate I in General Education for Adults at Victoria University Polytechnic.
During this course you’ll develop skills and knowledge in:
- reading and writing
- 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 or 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.
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 cultural diversity initiatives and projects with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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:
- Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
- Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.
Find out more about applying for our courses.
Apply direct to VU
Apply direct to VU using our admission centre, submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.
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