Course in Initial Adult Literacy and Numeracy


Melbourne Polytechnic's Course in Initial Adult Literacy and Numeracy is a program designed to improve skills in reading, writing, numeracy, listening and oral communication based on your needs and interests to increase independence and active participation in the community.

Enjoy learning

Learning is made fun by including games and practical hands on tasks in the Community.

Individualised program to increase your Literacy and Numeracy for the work place

Do you need to improve your literacy and numeracy skills? If this is you, then Melbourne Polytechnic have you covered. The course is designed to develop and improve learner’s writing, reading, numeracy, speaking and listening skills based on everyday needs and interests to maximise independence and participation in the community.

Benefits continue at the end of the program with exit planning – documenting your strengths and pathways and preparing an action plan for you to follow once the course is complete. We’ll assist you through our alumni program.

Learn in safe hands

Benefit from our decades of experience in the disability sector and constant updating of our courses and ongoing participation on the re-accreditation committee.

Class sizes are limited to 10 students. We actively promote equality of representation and our commitment is to achieve a balance in the student group profile.

Industry connections and resources

You will have an opportunity to practice your skills in the community.

Employment outcomes

You may gain full-time, part-time or casual work through successful completion of the course, across a wide variety of industries.

Local Students






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Full-time: 12 months
flexible delivery to meet your study needs

Part-time: 18 months
flexible delivery to meet your study needs

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 Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Flexible, Classroom



Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. 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 annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

You may be assessed using an integrated approach. Learning outcomes may be grouped together and assessment of the module achieved through an activity that takes into account of all learning outcomes. Other methods may include discussion, demonstration, oral questioning, short answer, practical exercise, role play, recorded report and observation and will vary in response to specific learning needs


You will need to supply:
  • paper and pen
  • folder
  • mobile phone (to monitor time)
  • topped-up MYKI card for excursions

Entrance Requirements

To apply, you will need to:
  • fill in an application form
  • have an interview
  • be at least 16 years old
  • potential for employment
  • motivated to work in a Melbourne Polytechnic-based program
  • support of family/advocate
Applicants for this program will have a disability - i.e. Intellectual Disability, Autism, Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

Pathways to further study

You may be able to use this course as a pathway into courses as varied as:
  • Certificate II in Retail Baking Assistance
  • Certificate II in Visual Arts
  • Certificate II in Animals Studies
  • Certificate II in Painting and Decorating

Career Pathways

This Course in Initial Adult Literacy and Numeracy is an opportunity to commence a new path towards your dream career. You may also gain employment at entry level in a wide variety of industries such as Retail, Hospitality, Horticulture and Animal Studies

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • April
  • July

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
VU21725 Recognise pictures and symbols 40
VU21726 Read simple words 80
VU21727 Communication using pictures and symbols 40
VU21728 Write simple words 80
VU21729 Communicate orally using single words 40
VU21730 Recognise and use whole numbers from 1 to 10 20
VU21735 Recognise coins and notes 40

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.