To be eligible for the award of the Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study) learners must successfully complete a total of 9 units comprising:

·       8 Core Units

·       1 General Elective

Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study) outcomes are designed for those who require consolidation of advanced level English speaking and listening, reading, writing, literacy skills including digital literacy skills, and study skills in English prior to accessing a range of further study pathways including higher education. Participants include those who have already completed or partially completed further or higher education, those who wish to upgrade their qualifications and those wishing to enter higher level qualifications for the first time. The purpose of this course is to develop communication and research skills and knowledge at a complex level together with knowledge of the Australian education system. Outcomes are designed to support those who will use their existing skills and knowledge in their language in the workplace, for example as interpreters and providing bilingual support, to gain access to further training to support employment.

Course Information:

Core Units


VU21353: Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio

Mode of AssessmentTest 1 – oral questioning to assess knowledge of the purpose of learning plans and potential barriers to the achievement of leaning goals. Test 2 – design portfolio to present written evidence of how identified learning goals have been met.


VU21508: Give complex presentations for further study

Mode of AssessmentTest 1 – prepare and give an extended oral presentation on a research topic supported by notes and visual aids. Test 2 – design portfolio documenting evidence of planning and preparation for the presentation subject to questioning to confirm linguistic, socio-linguistic and cultural knowledge used in the complex presentation.


VU21509: Analyse and participate in complex spoken discourse for further study


Mode of AssessmentTest 1 – prepare and participate in a sustained informal interaction with a group using a range of spoken discourse and paralinguistic strategies. Test 2 – prepare and argue a case of a specific problem or issue using appropriate vocabulary and expressions.


VU21510: Take notes from complex aural texts for further study

Mode of AssessmentTest 1 – read and analyse the topic, purpose, genre, register style, tone and audience of a complex text. Test 2 – write notes and review a complex text using strategies to record information.


VU21511: Read and write complex texts for research purposes

Mode of AssessmentTest 1 – read and take notes from a complex written text identifying text layout, structure, expressions and information suited to the purpose. Test 2 – write an extended written text based on research and reference resources used in the research-based texts according to specified referencing convention.


VU21512: Read and write complex texts for further study

Mode of AssessmentTest 1 – critically read and analyse a complex text listing main points and implied meanings. Test 2 – plan and write a text using genre and conventions appropriate to context and purpose and referencing conventions.


VU21513: Use critical reading and writing skills for further study

Mode of AssessmentTest 1 – analyse a complex diagram and outline the purpose, design and conventions, draw conclusions relevant to its purpose. Test 2 – critically analyse a formal instructional text as to its importance and appropriateness of the requirement expressed.

VU21514: Use language analysis skills to review own text

Mode of AssessmentTest 1 – analyse language and language use in relation to a written text and describe the language terminology. Test 2 – apply knowledge of language and language use to a spoken text and determine purpose and context and range of method.


Elective Unit

VU20763: Participate in collaborative learning

Mode of AssessmentTest 1 – plan a group work participation to discuss learning styles and preferences and establish group work protocol. Test 2 – conduct a group work activity to carry out individual tasks according to plan and a protocol for feedback.

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 2+/3 or Cert II or III in GEA or CSWE IV. 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 IV in English as an additional language (EAL), learners must have successfully completed the required units. Certificate IV in EAL is an award accredited under the Australian Quality Training Framework. However, at the completion of individual Units i.e. less than the nine required Units, learner’s achievement will be recognised through a Statement of Attainment.


Campus: Melbourne
CRICOS Code: 084631G
Intakes: Fortnightly
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: 23 weeks*
Tuition Fee: $6,900.00
Enrolment Fee: $250.00 (includes Dictionary, Grammar Book and Study Material)