Melbourne Polytechnic's Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) English as an Additional Language (EAL) Young Adult Migrant Education Courses (YAMEC) offers the perfect program for you if you’re new to Australia, aged between 15 and 26, from a non-English speaking background, and have had disrupted, or incomplete education but can write and speak English.


Melbourne Polytechnic is approved for Skills for Education and Employment (SEE), Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), and Fee for Service and Victorian Government funding. This course is an Austudy/Abstudy and Centrelink/Department of Human Services approved course for job seekers.

With flexible entry and exit points, students can start the course at any time.

Get the skills needed for a career

You will have the opportunity to develop your English as well as your numeracy and study skills, so you can go on to work or further study.

This first step in vocational training can lead to education/vocational pathways to further vocational study, pre-apprenticeships, new apprenticeships, traineeships and/or employment.

A practical guide for your career

Melbourne Polytechnic’s VCAL EAL YAMEC program will give you valuable skills for work and will teach you:

  • participation in the workplace
  • access to further study and training
  • participation in the community
  • independent self-expression and critical thinking
  • communication and research skills.

Melbourne Polytechnic has strong connections with community agencies and you will have access to a Student Pathways Advisor (SPA) and the opportunity to gain important hands-on work experience.

Study with Melbourne Polytechnic’s dedicated youth unit

You’ll be part of Melbourne Polytechnic’s Foundation Studies department, with our expert teachers who specialise in working with young people. You will also benefit from Melbourne Polytechnic’s strong connections with community agencies.

Melbourne Polytechnic students’ have access to libraries and independent learning services, in addition to passionate, experienced teachers who are there to help you learn.

Ask us about pathways to further vocational training or higher education from this qualification.

Packaging rules

A VCAL program must contain curriculum that can be justified against the purpose statement of each of the VCAL strands. To be awarded a Foundation VCAL certificate, students must successfully complete a learning program, which contains a minimum of 10 credits. One credit is awarded on successful completion of 90-100 nominal hours of accredited curriculum. A certificate must contain two VCAL units and other curriculum components, from:

  • VCAL units
  • VCE units
  • VET accredited curriculum or training packages
  • Further Education accredited curriculum

Program to include:

  • minimum of two VCAL credits, one of which one is a Foundation personal development VCAL unit
  • one literacy credit (at Certificate I level)
  • one numeracy credit
  • one industry specific credit
  • one work related skills credit

Curriculum components to the value of six credits at Certificate I level (or above).

Local Students






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Full-time: 1 year
Continuous enrolments are available to local students throughout the year.

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

**Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor


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Entrance Requirements

Students must be 15-26 years old and have not completed Year 12. Applicants will be interviewed and enrolments will be taken throughout the year

Assessment Methods

Assessment is ongoing and can occur at any time during the program. Assessment methods may include a portfolio of accumulated evidence, teacher observation and/or checklists, evidence gained through projects or program participation, awards from recognised programs, self-assessment inventories, and oral and written work


A materials fee applies. Students need to supply basic stationery requirements and some equipment may need to be purchased for industry specific modules.

Career Pathways

Students who achieve a VCAL Certificate at Foundation level are able to move to a VCAL Intermediate course, a pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, a VET certificate or employment.

Enrolment Intake

  • Ongoing
  • February
  • July
  • Midyear

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.