Further develop your communication and numeracy skills with a Certificate III in General Education for Adults at Victoria University Polytechnic.
You'll develop important skills and gain confidence in:
- reading and writing
- numeracy and mathematics
- communication – listening and speaking
- computers – creating documents and using the internet
- knowledge of history and current events.
You’ll learn in a supportive and encouraging environment. This course will help you meet your personal needs, help you to participate in the community and prepare you for further study and increased employment opportunities.
This certificate is designed for adults (migrants and native English speakers) who have had limited formal education or wish to improve their skills to return to work or formal study.
When you complete this course, you’ll be able to:
- design and complete a project
- research pathway options
- understand and create complex texts
- use complex mathematics.
This course is delivered through Victoria University Polytechnic’s that combines face-to-face workshops with flexible, user-friendly eLearning activities.
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.
VU also works to address refugee 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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Already a VU student?
To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.
Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
It's widely recognised that the more education you've completed, the more opportunities you’ll have in the job market. General education studies 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 literacy, numeracy, communication and computer 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 general education, further TAFE studies or other training or work opportunities.
To be awarded 22238VIC Certificate III in General Education for Adults, a student must successfully complete a total of eight (8) units of competency, comprising of:
- one (1) core unit;
four (4) core skills from either reading, writing, numeracy or mathematics, and;
three (3) special interest electives, which can be selected from:
- units listed in the special interest electives, which have not previously been completed, and/or;
- core skills reading, writing and numeracy & mathematics units from the 22238VIC Certificate III in General Education for Adults, or the 22237VIC Certificate II in General Education for Adults, which have not previously been completed, and/or;
- units/modules which are first packaged in AQF level 3 or 4 qualifications in nationally endorsed training packages or accredited curriculum.
Core Skills - Reading
Core Skills - Writing
Core Skills - Numeracy and Mathematics
Special Interest Electives
22238VIC Certificate III in General Education provides an accredited general education qualification at AQF Level 3. This course aims to develop the literacy skills to read, interpret, critically analyse and create complex texts as well as perform a range of complex mathematical tasks. Further, 22238VIC Certificate III in General Education develops the ability to research a range of pathway options and identify and progress toward personal further study goals.
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 are best placed to successfully undertake this qualification if they have language, literacy and numeracy skills that align to Level 4 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a 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, consider whether you also wish to apply for:
Special admission: You can request special consideration be given to your application based on your individual situation.
Find out more about special admission or complete the Direct admissions special consideration application
- Extra credit for past skills and study - known as Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) or Skills recognition.
When you're ready:
You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).
Direct applications due 30 November 2018.Apply direct to VU
Use our Admissions centre to
- Save incomplete applications to finish later
- Submit applications for one or more courses
- Track the progress of your applications
- Upload any additional information we request
After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (remember to check your Spam folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered