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25 weeks full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face


This course is for those with no English schooling. It provides you with the skills to be able to use and understand English in everyday situations.

You will gain skills such as:

  • recognising and writing the alphabet
  • recognising and using simple numbers and
  • understanding time and money.

This course can lead onto further English language studies.

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Course contents

To be awarded the 10361NAT Course in Preliminary Spoken and Written English, a student must successfully complete a total of seven (7) modules, comprising of:

  • two (2) compulsory modules, and;
  • five (5) elective modules.

Compulsory modules

Elective modules

Reading and writing electives:

Speaking skill elective:

Mixed skills elective:

There are no prerequisite unit requirements for 10361NAT Course in Preliminary Spoken and Written English.

Preliminary CSWE is a foundation course for learners who have no or limited formal schooling, no literacy skills in English and who may not have literacy skills in their first language. The course provides the skills for learners to be able to use and understand English in everyday situations. Learners gain skills such as recognising and writing the alphabet, recognising and using simple numbers and understanding time and money.

Admission requirements

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 0 against the International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) or the language, literacy and numeracy skills that align to Pre-Level 1 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a speaking, listening, literacy and numeracy assessment.

How to apply

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