Further develop your communication and numeracy skills with a Certificate III in General Education for Adults at Victoria University 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, 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
- apply research skills to evaluate own goals and options and develop a learning plan
- understand and create complex texts
- use complex mathematics.
Victoria University Polytechnic is a supportive place to study. We have a range of academic support programs that can help you if you are 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.
Our campus libraries offer career advice, academic resources and learning and IT support in relaxed lounge-like settings. You'll have access to photocopying, computing and printing facilities, and electronic and print resources.
VU has one of the best campus-wide WiFi networks. We also have more than 4000 computers (PCs and Apple Mac) spread across our campuses. A central IT helpdesk is available for support. You will have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day and night. These include databases, e-learning content for courses, student email, student software packages and social networking tools.
Victoria University Polytechnic, as part of Victoria University, 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 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 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 the 22474VIC 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, and;
- seven (7) elective units, comprising of:
- four (4) core skills units from either reading, writing, numeracy and mathematics;
- three (3) special interest electives units, which can be selected from:
- units listed in the special interest electives list, which have not previously been completed, and/or;
- core skills reading, writing and numeracy and mathematics units from the 22474VIC Certificate III in General Education for Adults, or the 22473VIC 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
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.
22474VIC Certificate III in General Education for Adults qualification learning outcomes are as follows:
Graduates of a Certificate III will have factual, technical, procedural and theoretical knowledge in an area of work and learning through knowledge of:
- processes for developing an individual learning plan;
- sources of information about broad pathway options;
- devices used by writers to convey meaning and achieve purpose;
- complex grammatical structures to accurately and effectively express content and meaning;
- a broad and/or specialised vocabulary to accurately express content, and;
- mathematical and problem solving techniques and strategies in a broad range of highly complex contexts.
Graduates at this level will have cognitive and communication skills to interpret and act on available information, apply and communicate known solutions to a variety of predictable problems and to deal with unforeseen contingencies using known solutions and provide information to a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences to:
- read and interpret a range of information about potential pathway options;
- apply research skills to locate and evaluate information relevant to own goals and options;
- develop, document and evaluate a leaning plan according to identified processes;
- select and evaluate types of evidence to assemble a portfolio;
- read interpret and critically analyse a broad range of highly complex texts;
- plan and produce a folio of highly complex texts, and;
- perform a range of complex mathematical tasks and use a variety of formal and informal mathematical language in a broad range of contexts.
Application of knowledge and skills
Graduates at this level will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
- through identification of barriers to the achievement of learning goals and strategies to address these;
- to adapt and transfer skills and knowledge within known routines, methods, procedures and time constraints through the application of a range of strategies to engage with and create a broad range of highly complex text types and apply problem solving strategies and techniques to a range of mathematical contexts, and;
- to take responsibility for own outputs in learning including participation in teams and taking limited responsibility for the output of others within established parameters through the design, development, monitoring and evaluation of own learning plan and implementation of a project where responsibilities of other members are identified and own role is clarified.
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 attend an interview and 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
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