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0.5 years full time or longer for part time

Develop beginner skills in English with a Certificate I in Spoken and Written English at Victoria Polytechnic.

This course is designed for those who have just started learning English or who have not had much experience of English. You’ll begin to develop skills to be able to use and understand English in everyday situations, including:

  • recognising numbers
  • completing forms
  • reading and writing short texts
  • doing basic arithmetic
  • reading maps and reading graphs.

You’ll also learn to participate effectively in a formal learning environment. 

The Western Melbourne English Program (WMEP) 

This certificate is part of WMEP, find out more about the program and support services offered.

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

Direct applications due 30 November 2018.

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[Supp. Desc. Info] 10362NAT - Certificate I in Spoken and Written English


Develop skills to be able to use and understand English in everyday situations at Victoria Polytechnic.


It is widely recognised that the more education you have completed, the more opportunities you’ll have in the job market. Studying English 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 spoken and written English 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 English, further TAFE studies or other training or work opportunities.  

Course objectives

Educational outcomes for Certificate I in Spoken and Written English are as follows:

  • learning strategies to study in formal learning environments;
  • giving personal information;
  • comprehending and participating in transactional and casual spoken exchanges;
  • comprehending spoken and written information and instructions;
  • comprehending and leaving telephone messages;
  • comprehending, telling and composing personal recounts;
  • comprehending and composing informal texts;
  • comprehending news texts;
  • comprehending and performing addition and subtraction with whole numbers, and;
  • comprehending and using the metric system of measurement.

In the process of developing the above language, literacy and numeracy skills, learners are able to demonstrate competence in the following Certificate I AQF characteristics:

  • demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills to a narrow range of routine and predictable tasks;
  • receive and pass on messages and information, and;
  • demonstrate responsibility for own learning.

Course structure

To be awarded the 10362NAT Certificate I in Spoken and Written English , a student must successfully complete a total of seven (7) modules:

  • one (1) compulsory module - CSWE I Module SWELRN101A Basic learning strategies, and;
  • six (6) elective modules with one (1) module from the spoken text electives and one (1) module from the written text electives.

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).

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Scholarships & assistance

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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. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Applicants must have an entry level of 0 against the International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) or the language, literacy and numeracy skills that align to Level 1 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a speaking, listening, 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 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.

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

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

Direct applications due 30 November 2018.

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