Certificate I in Spoken and Written English

YAMEC (Young Adult Migrant Education Courses)


Are you new to Australia and from a non-English speaking background? If you’re aged 15 to 26, and have had disrupted, incomplete or no prior education, then Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate I in Spoken and Written English, Young Adult Migrant Education Courses (YAMEC) is the learning program for you


Melbourne Polytechnic is approved for Skills for Education and Employment (SEE), Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), Fee for Service and Victorian Government funding at most campuses. 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 during the year.

Get started in Australia with your own specific learning program

Develop your abilities in speaking, reading and writing English so you can move on to work or further study.

All Melbourne Polytechnic students have access to a Student Pathways Advisor (SPA), unique to YAMEC courses. Your SPA will work with you one-on-one to help reach your education goals and to provide advice on future pathways. After an initial consultation, you will have your own tailored learning program to meet your needs.

Learn English skills with dedicated teachers

Melbourne Polytechnic has specialised teaching staff who are experts in working with young people. Our passionate teachers also develop flexible courses to respond to the needs of individual students.

With Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate I in Spoken and Written English (YAMEC), you will learn post-beginner English to communicate essential information that may be required for daily activities.

As a Melbourne Polytechnic student, you will have access to our libraries and independent learning services, in addition to our dedicated teachers who are there to help you learn.

Pathways for learning English

With Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate I in Spoken and Written English (YAMEC), you will have the opportunity to improve your English for work and study in Australia. Melbourne Polytechnic’s YAMEC staff will also advise you on your options for further study and work in Australia.

As previously mentioned, Melbourne Polytechnic will tailor the most suitable course and pathway for each individual student.

Course Structure:

Successful completion of Certificate I in Spoken and Written English requires successful completion of seven modules – one compulsory module, plus six elective modules.

Local Students






Foundation Studies
03 9269 8400


Full-time: 6 months
Ongoing enrolments 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



The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges


You will need to bring your own pen and writing materials and we will provide worksheets during class. You will also have access to a range of facilities and services to assist with their learning and wellbeing while at Melbourne Polytechnic

Entrance Requirements

All applicants are interviewed before placement in the program

Pathways to further study

We advise that you complete an English and study skills certificate at level IV before going on to mainstream study

Career Pathways

Once you have achieved the Certificate I in Spoken and Written English, you can move to a Certificate II in Spoken and Written English to continue your English language and study skills training. This can assist towards your goal of work, further education or vocational training

Enrolment Intake

  • Ongoing
  • February
  • July

Related Downloads

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.