Further advance your English language skills and confidence with a Certificate III 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.
When you learn 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.
These skills will help you with formal and informal situations in your social and community life, as well as in the workplace. You’ll also be prepared for further study or vocational training.
Prepare for Free TAFE
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.
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.
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 Polytechnic can help you get your foot in the door 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 future career path. Studying this course will help you access further certificates in English (Access or Further Study), vocational TAFE studies or other training or work opportunities.
To be awarded the 22253VIC Certificate III in EAL (Access), a student must successfully complete a total of eight (8) units of competency, comprising of:
- one (1) core unit, and;
- seven (7) elective units, of which:
- one (1) must be a speaking and listening unit;
- one (1) must be a reading and writing unit;
- two (2) must be language skills elective units, which can be selected from speaking and listening and/or reading and writing units and have not been previously completed from:
- this qualification;
- Certificate II, III and IV qualifications in this EAL Framework;
- three (3) electives which can be selected from the:
- general electives listed in the 22253VIC Certificate III in EAL (Access) qualification;
- general electives listed in the Certificate II, III and IV qualifications in this EAL Framework;
- units/modules which are first packaged in AQF level 2, 3 or 4 qualifications in other accredited curricula and/or endorsed training packages.
Electives must be industry relevant as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.
Speaking and Listening
Reading and Writing
- Unit code
Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers
Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.
22253VIC Certificate III in EAL (Access) outcomes focus on the consolidation of English language speaking, listening, reading and writing skills so that participants can access a range of further and vocational education options which may require some specialisation. Participants include those who have been out of the workforce for a period and wish to further develop English language skills and research pathway skills.
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 2 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 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
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
Apply direct to VUApply direct to VU using our admission centre submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information. Apply direct to VU
Already a VU student?
If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (which may go to your spam/junk folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered