Start anytime * eligibility criteria apply, material fees may apply


Start anytime * eligibility criteria apply, material fees may apply


22646VIC Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study)


General: 22646VIC Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study) outcomes support EAL learners who require consolidation of advanced level English speaking and listening, reading and writing skills and study skills prior to accessing a range of further study pathways including Higher Education or VET. The course develops English language communication and research skills and knowledge at a complex level together with knowledge of the Australian education system. The course is intended to provide participants with the following education outcomes:

  • developing vocabulary related to further study contexts and tasks including some specialist terminology
  • applying conventions of complex written and spoken texts related to further study contexts
  • applying study conventions related to interpreting, researching, planning, drafting and referencing complex written texts for further study purposes
  • using note-taking methods from complex written and spoken texts in further study contexts.

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 or educational outcomes: Students can go into a range of employment or further study options, including Certificate IV and Diploma industry qualifications or Higher education.

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 DescriptorNom Hrs
Core Units
VU22411Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio20
VU23550Give complex presentations for study purposes80
VU23551Participate in complex spoken interactions for study purposes60
VU23552Take notes from complex spoken texts for study purposes50
VU23553Read and write complex texts for study purposes120
VU23554Use critical reading skills to analyse complex study tasks40
VU23555Use language analysis skills to review own texts40
Elective Units
VU23574Research current issues55
VU22446Design and review a project40

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


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