1 year full time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face, Workplace
Start date:
1 February 2021
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Gain valuable workplace skills and confidence with a Certificate I in Work Education at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This course is designed for young people with an intellectual disability. You’ll gain independence, community awareness and an understanding of other courses you can go on to study. You’ll also improve your employment prospects and be more prepared to enter the workforce.

This course will give you an understanding of basic workplace expectations. We will support your special needs and help you to gain skills in:

  • job seeking and employability
  • personal management
  • teamwork and communication
  • basic literacy and numeracy
  • use of everyday technology.

You’ll learn though a combination of classroom learning, supported practical placement and vocational electives. You can gain hands-on experience in areas such as hospitality, manufacturing and retail.

This course can be taken with a sports specialisation.

If you are an aspiring athlete with an intellectual disability who participates in sport at a competitive level, you can continue to train as an athlete at VU and gain a customised Work Education certificate. You will graduate with work ready skills and knowledge that can be applied to the sport and recreation industry.

You will attend classes four days a week and train three days a week, with access to:

  • our $68 million dollar sporting facility for high-performance testing
  • gym membership and pool access
  • unlimited recovery options such as massage, yoga and cross training
  • strength and conditioning
  • sport academy uniforms.

In class you will participate in activities including sport facility excursions in preparation for practical placements and volunteering at sport events. You will also plan and run sport sessions for young children with organisations like the Australian Football League (AFL), Special Olympics Australia, Triathlon Victoria, Disability Sport and Recreation, Reclink Australia - all abilities programs, Cricket Victoria, Western Bulldogs and YMCA Victoria.

Victoria University Polytechnic is a supportive place to study. We have disability support services and counselling services available to all students.

We also have a range of academic support programs that can help you if you are 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 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 a leading health and fitness university, we have extensive sports services and facilities available for all students. These include quality fitness centres, campus sport programs, tennis courts and a swimming pool.

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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It's widely recognised that the more education you have completed, the more opportunities you’ll have in the job market. Studying at Victoria University Polytechnic will improve your skills and confidence to help you transition into adult education or work.

This one-year pathway course will help you to enter the workforce and reach your career goals. You'll be ready for entry-level employment (e.g. as a retail assistant), or further study or vocational training to gain employment.

Course structure

To be awarded the 22302VIC Certificate I in Work Education, a student must successfully complete a total of ten (10) units of competency, comprising of:

  • seven (7) core units, and;
  • three (3) electives which may be selected from:
  • units listed in the 22302VIC Certificate I in Work Education qualification;
  • units first packaged in Certificate I qualifications in endorsed training packages or accredited curriculum, and/or;
  • units first packaged in a ‘Course in..’ in accredited curriculum.

The outcomes of the 22302VIC Certificate I in Work Education are consistent with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 1 and are listed below.

Developing knowledge of:

  • work related WHS procedures and requirements;
  • sources of information on a range of industries;
  • sources of information to identify the job seeking process and employment opportunities;
  • strategies for setting work related goals, and; 
  • education/training requirements for specific jobs.

Developing skills to: 

  • develop a personal vocational plan to explore different options; 
  • access information and resources to support achievement of vocational goals; 
  • apply strategies for self-development to support workplace participation, and; 
  • use technology to access information and resources to support vocational goals.

Application of skills and knowledge in highly structured, personally relevant and supported 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 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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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.

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

Entry requirements

Applicants must be recognised as having an intellectual disability or learning difficulty.
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.

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

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.

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