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Overview

Improve your English skills to gain employment or further study opportunities with a Certificate III in EAL (Access) at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This course is designed for people learning English as an Additional Language (EAL). You will develop English-language speaking, listening, reading, writing and learning skills. This training will prepare you for further English-language education, tertiary or vocational education, as well as future employment.

You will also develop skills to:

  • practise casual conversations
  • understand and give information and directions
  • read and write straightforward information and instructions
  • read and write straightforward descriptions and stories
  • use the internet and email to develop your language skills
  • find out about Australian issues, art and culture
  • work with a range of numbers and money.

On completion of this course, you will be confident communicating in a wide range of situations in social and community life, as well as in some workplace situations.

Prepare for Free TAFE

VU Polytechnic is helping you get prepared 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). Find out more about the WMEP program and its support services.

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:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for 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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Careers

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 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 provide 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.

Course structure

To be awarded the 22486VIC 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) unit must be selected from the Speaking and Listening electives;
  • one (1) unit must be selected from the Reading and Writing electives;
  • two (2) units must be selected from the language skills electives which have not been previously completed from:
  • the 22486VIC Certificate III in EAL (Access) qualification, or
  • units in the Certificate II, III and IV qualifications in this EAL Framework;
  • three (3) electives may be selected from:
  • general electives listed in the 22486VIC 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.

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 options or seek employment.

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

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. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • 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

Entry in to 22486VIC Certificate III in EAL (Access) must be determined according to the following criteria:
- a participant’s current English language skills. (The Listening and Speaking and Reading and Writing units in the Framework will provide the basis for initial assessment processes and placement of participants at the appropriate proficiency level);
- a participant’s prior formal education experience, both overseas and in Australia;
- any prior EAL learning, and;
- a participant’s learning and pathway needs including employability skills, literacies (digital and other literacies), and further educational and vocational training needs.

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.

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

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