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0.5 years full time or longer for part time

Improve your English language skills and confidence with a Certificate II in EAL (Access) at Victoria 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 will gain confidence with your English skills in social situations and learn to better deal with everyday situations. You’ll be prepared for further English study or vocational training.

The Western Melbourne English Program (WMEP)

This certificate is part of the Western Melbourne English Program (WMEP). FInd out more about the WMEP 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] 2225VIC - Certificate II in EAL (Access)


Gain confidence using English in social situations and improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.


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 prepare for your future studies and your dream career.

This course will improve your English skills and learning 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, Certificate II industry qualifications or other training or work opportunities.  

Course objectives

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.

Course structure

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.

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 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.

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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