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Start date:
15 July 2024
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 30 September 2024 for our next intake which starts on 15 July 2024.


Start learning the basics of English, with Victoria University's Course in Initial EAL 22636VIC.

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
  • recognising and writing letters and numbers
  • beginning to identify digital media.

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.


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Request a call back from one of our experienced VUHQ course advisers to get your questions answered.

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Skills First (subsidised) indicative fees

The Skills First government contribution in 2024 towards this course is $4,283.13. If eligible, you will pay:

  • Tuition: $333.75*
  • 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

2024 full-fee place: $4,450.



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

Course contents

To be awarded the 22636VIC Course in Initial EAL, a total of six (6) core units of competency must be achieved.

22636VIC Course in Initial EAL is designed for adult for whom English is an additional language and who have no experience of formal education. This course will support students to develop basic English lanuage skills in preparation for participation in the community and further education.

This course, you will begin to develop English language skills such as:

* recognising the letters of the alphabet
* speak and read words
* recognising and writing letters and numbers

* completing simple language taasks using technology

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 the application process.

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.

All applicants are required to complete:
* Interview
* Pre-training Review (PTR)
* Literacy and numeracy assessment
The results from this process are used to determine the correct course level for each applicant.

How to apply

Available start dates:

  • 15 July 2024

Applications for this course are currently open. Click the apply button below to get started.


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