To be eligible for the award of the Certificate I in EAL (Access) learners must successfully complete a total of 8 units comprising:

1 Core unit

1 Speaking and Listening unit

1 Reading and Writing unit

2 Language Skills elective units – Speaking and Listening and Reading and Writing

3 General Electives

Certificate I (Access) outcomes focus on the development of English language speaking, listening, reading and writing skills directly related to immediate personal and social needs together with electives selected to develop relevant social, settlement and numeracy skills and knowledge. The purpose of this qualification is preparation for participation in further English language study or vocational training, which may include English language support or employment.

Course Information:


Core Unit

VU21454: Plan language learning with support

Mode of AssessmentTest 1 – discussion of language learning needs. Test 2 – design and compile portfolio of work samples of learning needs

Speaking and Listening

VU21451: Participate in short simple exchanges

Mode of AssessmentTest 1 – role-play to exchange personal information. Test 2 – role-play to exchange transactional information and respond to requests.


Reading and Writing 


VU21448: Read and write short, simple information and instructional texts

Mode of Assessment: Test 1 – verbal questioning to establish understanding of written instructions. Test 2 – verbal questioning to exchange information.


Language Skills

VU21450: Give and respond to short, simple verbal instructions and information

Mode of Assessment: Test 1 – role-play to establish understanding of instructions. Test 2 – role-play to establish understanding of directions and follow simple oral text.

VU21449: Read and write short simple messages and forms

Mode of AssessmentTest 1 – read short simple written message for everyday purpose. Test 2 – write short simple message for personal and social purposes.


General Electives

VU21445: Locate health and medical information

Mode of AssessmentTest 1 – participate in a simple conversation for health conditions. Test 2 – read information on common household medicines.

VU21444: Identify Australian leisure activities

Mode of AssessmentTest 1 – identify features of leisure activities in Australia. Test 2 – describe an example of Australian leisure activity.

VU21442: identify and access basic legal information

Mode of AssessmentTest 1 – Access information on a personally relevant legal issue. Test 2 – access key legal services in the local community.

Note: Units offered will be selected by the college and based on identified training and industry needs as per guidelines stated in training package as outlined in EAL Framework.


Admission Information

Applicants must be 16 years or older. Education level requirements: ISLPR 1 or Cert. in Initial GEA or CSWE II. Applicants will sit for a pre-course Language, Literacy & Numeracy Assessment Test and an interview to determine appropriate course placement.

National Students

(Australian Permanent Residents and New Zealand Citizens): Must complete a Language, Literacy & Numeracy Assessment to be assessed by the Language Studies Department.


Qualification Rules

To achieve a Certificate I in English as an additional language, learners must have successfully completed the required Units. Certificate I in EAL is an award accredited under the Australian Quality Training Framework. However, at the completion of individual Units, i.e. less than the eight required Units, learner’s achievement will be recognised through a Statement of Attainment.

Intakes: Fortnightly
Campus: Melbourne
CRICOS Provider No: 02494A
CRICOS Code: 084628B
Mode: (international & domestic students) Full-time only  (Approximately 21 hours per week – 3 days a week, 7 hours per day). Classroom: face-to-face
Duration: 26 weeks incl. 3 weeks holiday
Tuition Fee: $6,900.00
Enrolment Fee: $250.00 (includes a Dictionary, Grammar Book and Study Material)