Improve your English language skills and confidence with a Certificate II in EAL (Access) at Victoria University Polytechnic.
Designed for participants from non-English speaking backgrounds, this course will improve your skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Learning English as an Additional Language (EAL) with us, you’ll also develop:
- employment and living skills
- knowledge of Australian culture and society
- learning skills
- computing skills
- strategies for a successful transition into work or further study in Australia.
You'll gain confidence with your English skills in social situations and learn to better deal with everyday situations. This course will prepare you for further English study or vocational training.
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.
VU's Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
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:
- 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 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.
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Already a VU student?
To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.
Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
It's widely recognised that the more education you've completed, the more opportunities you’ll have in the job market. Studying English at Victoria University Polytechnic can help you get your foot in the door for future studies and your dream career.
This course will improve your English and learning skills, as well as improve your confidence, creating more options for your future career path. Studying this course will also help you to access further certificates in English, Certificate II industry qualifications or other training or work opportunities.
To be awarded 22251VIC Certificate II in EAL (Access), a student must successfully complete a total of eight (8) units of competency, comprising of:
- one (1) core unit, and;
- one (1) Speaking and Listening unit;
- one (1) Reading and Writing unit;
- two (2) Language Skills units, which can be selected from Speaking and Listening and/or Reading and Writing units which have not been previously completed from:
- 22251VIC Certificate II in EAL (Access) qualification, or;
- Certificate I, II and/or III qualifications in this EAL Framework, and;
- three (3) elective units which can be selected from:
- general electives listed in the 22251VIC Certificate II in EAL (Access);
- general electives listed in the Certificate I, II and/or III qualifications in this EAL Framework, or;
- units/modules which are first packaged in AQF level 2 or 3 qualifications in other accredited curricula and/or endorsed training packages.
Speaking and Listening
Reading and Writing
There are no pre-requisite unit requirements for 22251VIC Certificate II in EAL (Access).
22251VIC Certificate II in EAL (Access) outcomes focus on the development of English language speaking, listening, reading and writing skills together with electives directly selected to develop relevant knowledge and skills for simple everyday communication, including digital literacy, and community participation and to enable participants to move into further English language education or vocational training or a combination of both. The overall objective of this qualification is preparation for participation in further English language study or vocational training which may include English language support or employment.
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).
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 must have an entry level of 1+ against the International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) or 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 an oracy, 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, consider whether you also wish to apply for:
Special admission: You can request special consideration be given to your application based on your individual situation.
Find out more about special admission or complete the Direct admissions special consideration application
- Extra credit for past skills and study - known as Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) or Skills recognition.
When you're ready:
You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).
Direct applications due 30 November 2018.Apply direct to VU
Use our Admissions centre to
- Save incomplete applications to finish later
- Submit applications for one or more courses
- Track the progress of your applications
- Upload any additional information we request
After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (remember to check your Spam folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered