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0.5 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications due 30 November 2018


Develop important reading, writing and numeracy skills in this General Education course for adults. 

You will develop skills:

  • in reading, writing, numeracy and communication
  • that meet your personal needs
  • that facilitate your participation in the community, in the workplace, and in further education and training.

This course may be delivered over one semester or one year (two semesters).

Preparation for entry into the Australian Defence Force

This online course is designed for candidates wanting to enter the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The twelve-week course gives you the opportunity to strengthen and demonstrate the literacy and numeracy skills required to gain entry into the ADF.

The course is comprised of four literacy units and two numeracy units from the Certificate II in General Education for Adults. Our online learning model gives you the flexibility to study anywhere at anytime, and access support from expert educators when you need it. While there are qualified teachers to provide online support, independent learning is essential for success in this highly focused course. As you work through each unit, you will take part in a range of e-learning activities that guide you toward your final assessments.

This course is suitable if you:

  • have not completed the necessary educational levels required; or
  • need to return to study to strengthen skills; or
  • do not have formal documentation of educational achievements.

Course dates 2017

  • 4 September - 24 November 2017 (12 weeks)
  • 25 September - 15 December 2017 (12 weeks).

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TAFE resources


  • Further education and training.

Course structure

To be awarded 22237VIC Certificate II in General Education for Adults, a student must successfully complete a total of eleven (11) units of competency, comprising of:

  • two (2) core units;

  • two (2) core skills reading units;

  • two (2) core skills writing units;

  • two (2) core skills numeracy and mathematics units, and;

  • three (3) special interest electives, which can be selected from:

  • units listed in the special interest electives, which have not been previously completed, and/or;
  • core skills reading, writing and numeracy & mathematics units from the 22237VIC Certificate II in General Education for Adults, or the 22236VIC Certificate I in General Education for Adults or the 22238VIC Certificate III in General Education for Adults, which have not previously been completed, and/or;
  • units/modules which are first packaged in AQF Level II or III qualifications in nationally endorsed training packages or accredited curriculum.

Core units

Elective units

Core Skills - Reading

Core Skills - Writing

Core Skills - Numeracy and Mathematics

Special Interest Electives

Units specific to preparation for entry into the Australian Defence Force: Online only

22237VIC Certificate II in General Education for Adults aims to develop the literacy skills to read, interpret, evaluate and create a range of texts as well as apply knowledge of everyday and formal numeracy in a range of contexts at AQF Level 2. Course objectives also include the development of skills and knowledge to conduct a project and to investigate pathways and develop a learning plan.

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 are best placed to successfully undertake this qualification if they have language, literacy and numeracy skills that align to Level III of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

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

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Direct applications due 30 November 2018.

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