.5 years
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face
Start date:
5 February 2024
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 10 January 2024 for our next intake which starts on 5 February 2024.


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.

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Australian applicants, please bring:

  • Australian birth certificate
  • Australian passport
  • Medicare card (green)
  • Australian citizenship certificate.

Non-Australian applicants, please bring:

  • New Zealand passport
  • Australian visa (in passport)
  • ImmiCard
  • current concession card.

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

The Skills First government contribution in 2023 and 2024 towards this course is $3,850. If eligible, you will pay:

  • Tuition 2023/24: $286 / $330*
  • Materials: $0
  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF): maximum per year $175.50**

*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.

**The SSAF Fee is indicative only as we await advice on the maximum fee tertiary institutions can charge in 2023 

**May be subject to change.

Full-fee place total indicative fees

  • 2023/24 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;
  • three (3) core Speaking and Listening units;
  • two (2) core Reading and Writing units, and;
  • three (3) Numeracy elective units from those listed in the accredited course.
  • Core Unit

    Core Units Speaking and Listening

    Core Units Reading and Writing

    Elective Units Numeracy

    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.

    Note - Location availability will depend on student demand. Location preferences and availability are discussed with applicants during their Pre-training review interview.

    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.

    As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.

    How to apply

    Available start dates:

    • 5 February 2024

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