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0.5 years full time or longer for part time

Further develop your communication and numeracy skills with a Certificate III in General Education for Adults at Victoria Polytechnic.

You will 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 as well as help you to participate in the community. You’ll also be prepared for further study and increase your 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.

Award winning learning model
This course is delivered through Victoria Polytechnic’s award winning Blended Learning model that combines face-to-face workshops with flexible, user-friendly eLearning activities. 

You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).

Direct applications due 30 November 2018.

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[Supp. Career Info] 22238VIC - Certificate III in General Education For Adults


Develop your communication and numeracy skills with the Certificate III in General Education for Adults.


It is widely recognised that the more education you have completed, the more opportunities you’ll have in the job market. General education studies 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 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.  

Course objectives

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.

Course structure

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.

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

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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 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.

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.

Before you apply, consider whether you also wish to apply for:

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You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).

Direct applications due 30 November 2018.

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