.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.


Start learning the basics of English, with VU Polytechnic’s Course in Initial EAL 22482VIC.

During this course you will learn to sound and read words, and to recognise and write letters. You will also begin to develop handwriting skills.

You will develop the skills in the following:

  • recognising letters of the alphabet and their sounds
  • beginning learning strategies
  • recognising and copying extremely familiar words
  • participating in extremely familiar spoken exchanges
  • recognising and copying numbers from 1 to 100
  • beginning to identify digital media.

When you finish this course you will be able to study at the next level in English.

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 $3,762.50. If eligible, you will pay:

  • Tuition 2023/24: $279.50 / $322.50*
  • 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.

**May be subject to change.

Full-fee place total indicative fees

  • 2023/24 full-fee place: $3,655.

Course contents

To be awarded the 22482VIC Course in Initial EAL, a student must successfully complete a total of six (6) core units of competency.


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 pre-literate learners, VU Polytechnic's Course in Initial EAL will help to develop and establish learning routines.

During this course you will learn to sound and read words, and to recognise and write letters. You will also begin to develop hand writing skills.

You will develop the skills in the following:
recognising letters of the alphabet and their sounds;
beginning learning strategies;
recognising and copying extremely familiar words;
participating in extremely familiar spoken exchanges;
recognising and copying numbers from 1 to 100, and;
beginning to identify digital media.

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, all applicants are required to attend an interview to complete a Pre-Training Review (PTR) including a, literacy and numeracy assessment to determine suitability for admission.

How to apply

Available start dates:

  • 5 February 2024

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