Improve your English skills to open up further study options with a Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study) at Victoria Polytechnic.
This course is designed for people from non-English speaking backgrounds who have good English-language skills. You’ll develop the academic language skills needed for further mainstream study in Australia.
Learning English as an Additional Language (EAL) with us, you will develop your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. You will also develop strategies for learning and academic skills in:
- writing essays
- group work
- giving spoken presentations.
You will be confident communicating in a wide range of formal and informal situations in social and community life, as well as in some workplace situations. This course will prepare you for further English study or other TAFE or higher-education studies.
The Western Melbourne English Program (WMEP)
This certificate is part of the Western Melbourne English Program (WMEP). Read more about the WMEP program to find out about the support services and certificates it offers.
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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. 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 career path in the future. Studying this course will help you access further certificates in English, Certificate IV and Diploma industry qualifications, or other higher-education studies.
22258VIC Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study) outcomes focus on the consolidation of advanced English language speaking and listening, reading, writing, literacy skills including digital literacy skills, and study skills in English prior to accessing a range of further study pathways including higher education. Participants include those who may have already completed or partially completed further or higher education, those who wish to upgrade their qualifications and those wishing to enter higher level qualifications for the first time. The purpose of this course is to develop communication and research skills and knowledge at a complex level together with knowledge of the Australian education system. Outcomes are designed to support those who will use their existing skills and knowledge in their language in the workplace to gain access to further training to support employment.
To be eligible for the award of the 22258VIC Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study), learners must successfully complete a total of 9 units comprising:
- eight (8) Core units;
- one (1) Elective unit not previously completed from:
- elective units listed in this qualification;
- Certificate III or IV qualifications in this EAL Framework;
- unit which is first packaged in AQF levels 3, 4 or 5 in other accredited curricula and / or endorsed training packages.
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 3 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 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:
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:
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