18 weeks
Start date:
3 January 2022
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 15 October 2022 for our next intake which starts on 3 January 2022.


Develop basic English skills including speaking and handwriting, with a Course in English as an Additional Language (EAL) 22483VIC at VU Polytechnic.

During this course you will develop beginner skills in English speaking, listening, reading, writing and maths.

You will develop your skills as a student, and learn how to:

  • give basic personal details
  • explain basic needs
  • listen to and give information and instructions
  • participate in conversations
  • read and write short basic messages
  • read and complete basic forms
  • read and write short sentences
  • give and follow simple directions
  • read measurements and recognise information which includes numbers.

After this course you will be able to keep studying English to develop your skills.

This certificate is part of the Western Melbourne English Program (WMEP).

The program offers a range of services, including counselling, and housing and financial advice.

Find out about the WMEP program and support services offered.

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.

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 cultural diversity initiatives and projects with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities.

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Skills First (subsidised) indicative fees

2021 Skills First fees

The Skills First government contribution in 2021 towards this course is $3,080. If eligible, you will pay:

  • Tuition: $264*
  • Materials: $0
  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF): maximum per year $156.50.

2022 Skills First fees

The Skills First government contribution in 2022 towards this course is $3,190. If eligible, you will pay:

  • Tuition: $264*
  • Materials: $0
  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF): maximum per year $157.50.

*A concession rate of 20% of the standard Skills First subsidised tuition fee is available if you are eligible for a concession. Learn more about concessions.

Full-fee place total indicative fees

  • 2021 full-fee place: $3,740
  • 2022 full-fee place: $3,740

Course contents

To be awarded the 22483VIC Course in EAL, a student must successfully complete a total of nine (9) units of competency, comprising of:

  • one (1) core unit, and;
  • eight (8) elective units, of which:
  • three (3) units must be selected from the Speaking and Listening electives;
  • two (2) units must be selected from the Reading and Writing electives, and;
  • three (3) units must be selected from the Numeracy electives.



Speaking and Listening

Reading and Writing


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.

Designed for newly or recently arrived learners, this course will help you to develop basic English skills.

During this course you will develop initial skills in English speaking, listening, reading, writing, numeracy and learning.

Upon completion of this course you will learn to:
develop learning strategies for language learning;
communicate basic personal details and needs;
listen to and give information and instructions;
participate in extremely familiar spoken exchanges;
read and write short basic messages;
read and complete basic forms;
read and write short sentences;
develop numeracy skills for giving and following simple directions, understanding, and;
measurements and recognising information which includes numbers.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to undertake further study in English and continue to develop your skills.

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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry in to 22483VIC Course in EAL 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.

How to apply

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Apply direct to VU using our admission centre, submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.

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If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

After you apply

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  • Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered

Enquire about applications

Footscray Nicholson Campus: Josephine Farrugia, +61 3 9919 8748

Sunshine and Geelong Campuses: Luisa De Luca, +61 3 9919 7109

St Albans & City Flinders Campuses: Sarina De Luca, +61 3 9919 2924

Werribee Campuses: Alice Smilek, +61 3 9919 7521

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