22638VIC Certificate I in EAL (Access) (pending)


General: The 22638VIC Certificate I in EAL (Access) focuses on the development of English language speaking, listening, reading and writing skills directly related to immediate personal and social needs and also includes the development of 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. The course is intended to provide participants with the following education outcomes:

  • features and conventions of short and simple written and spoken texts
  • simple writing conventions for example in short and simple messages and forms
  • simple text structures
  • simple grammatical structures.

Entry requirements: Entry to this EAL Course is determined according to the following criteria:

  • a participant’s current English language skills. (The Listening and Speaking and Reading and Writing units in the Framework may provide the basis for initial assessment processes and placement of participants at the appropriate proficiency level)
  • a participant’s prior formal education experience, both overseas and in Australia
  • any prior EAL learning
  • a participant’s learning and pathway needs including employability skills, literacies (digital and other literacies), and further educational and vocational training needs.

Every student will be required to complete the English Proficiency Assessment test and a Pre-Training Interview. Students must also be at least 18 years of age.

Vocational outcomes: There are no formal articulation arrangements for pathways into VET or higher education courses on completion of this course. Students can go onto further study options, including Certificate II in EAL (Access).

Delivery and assessment: This course is delivered in a classroom setting. Strategies include a variety of assessment methods and evidence gathering techniques, which offer an integrated approach to assessment.

Assessment methods and tools may include: verbal presentations, multi-media presentations, portfolios, student self-assessments, on-going teacher assessment, direct observation, simulated role plays, third party feedback e.g. from (teachers, community members or peers), verbal questioning to confirm linguistic, sociolinguistic and cultural knowledge.

Unit CodeUnit DescriptorNominal Hrs
Core Units
VU23500Plan language learning with support30
Speaking and Listening elective
VU23501Participate in short simple exchanges80
Reading and Writing elective
VU23503Read and write short simple messages and forms80
Language Skills electives
VU23502Give and respond to short, simple spoken information80
VU23504Read and write short, simple informational texts80
General Electives
VU23568Locate health and medical information50
VU23557Identify Australian leisure activities50
VU23236Recognise and interpret safety signs and symbols10

This Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding. Eligibility criteria apply. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Please make sure you have read all the course information about units of study, duration, entry requirements, assessment information, job prospects etc.



1. You must attend a pre-training interview which includes a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test and complete the eligibility declaration form (in the case of students applying for Skills First Program Funding).

2. To complete the application process, click on the ‘Apply Now’ link. Complete the steps involved to submit your application online.

3. ITHEA will assess your application and make sure all entry requirements are met. An ITHEA representative will contact you if your application is unsuccessful.


If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 9650 3900.


  • Skills First Funding


  • Non Apprentice/Trainee


6 months




Melbourne CBD 3000 – Wed Thu


In class




If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 9650 3900.