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

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

  • spoken text
  • written text
  • numeracy.

You'll 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.

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VU Polytechnic is helping you get prepared in 2018 for Free TAFE 2019. Find out what courses you can do to improve your English skills and be ready to take advantage of Free TAFE. Contact us for more information or request a call back.

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

More about the WMEP program and support services offered.

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.

We also have disability support services and counselling services available to all students.

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 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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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 spoken and written English skills, improve your confidence and create more options for your future career path. 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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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.

Entry requirements

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 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

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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