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Applications due 30 November 2018


Develop your English skills and improve your confidence with a Certificate II in Spoken and Written English at Victoria Polytechnic.

This post-beginner course will help you develop the skills for everyday transactional needs, as well as some social conversational needs. Study areas are:

  • spoken text
  • written text
  • numeracy.

You will begin to develop learning strategies to participate and contribute in a formal learning environment. You’ll also develop independent learning skills. This course will help you achieve International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) level of 1 (‘basic transactional proficiency’) across speaking, listening, reading and writing.

The Western Melbourne English Program (WMEP)

This certificate is part of the Western Melbourne English Program (WMEP).

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[Supp. Desc. Info] 10363NAT - Certificate II in Written and Spoken English


Develop your English skills and improve your confidence with a Certificate II in Spoken and Written English


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 structure

To be awarded 10363NAT Certificate II in Spoken and Written English, a student must successfully complete seven (7) modules, consisting of:

  • one (1) compulsory module - CSWE II Module SWELRN201A Intermediate learning strategies
  • six (6) elective modules with one (1) module from the spoken text electives and 1 module from the written text electives

The Course in Preliminary Spoken and Written English and the Certificates I-IV in Spoken and Written English provide a general education framework for learners to develop English language and literacy skills and optional numeracy skills to undertake further education and training, seek and maintain employment, and participate in the general community. The curriculum is used widely throughout Australia in the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), the Adult and Community Education (ACE) sector, TAFE colleges, universities and private providers (p3 The Curriculum Framework, May 2013).

Certificate II in Spoken and Written English is a post-beginner course for learners who have developed a basic level of English, literacy or numeracy skills and who have had some formal or informal exposure to English. Graduates of CSWE II will be able to apply this knowledge to demonstrate autonomy and limited judgement while undertaking defined activities in community, work and educational contexts (p59 Qualification level, May 2013).

Outcomes for Certificate II in Spoken and Written English are as follows:

  • learning strategies to study in formal learning environments;
  • comprehending and participating in transactional and casual spoken exchanges;
  • comprehending spoken and written information and instructions;
  • comprehending and participating in telephone exchanges;
  • participating in interviews;
  • completing formatted texts;
  • comprehending and composing story texts;
  • comprehending and composing informal texts;
  • comprehending and composing opinion texts;
  • comprehending and composing job seeking texts;
  • comprehending news texts;
  • multiplication and division with whole numbers, and;

  • comprehending and using fractions and decimals.

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

  • demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills to a varied range of clearly defined contexts in which the choice of actions is clear and limited in complexity;
  • apply solutions to a limited range of predictable problems;
  • receive, assess and record information from a variety of sources;
  • demonstrate some responsibility for the quality of own learning, and;
  • collaborate with others in groups.

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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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 the language, literacy and numeracy skills that align to Level 2 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.

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