Get the skills you need for a career. This course is for 15 to 26 year olds who are new to Australia and come from a non-English speaking background. If you have had a disrupted education but can speak and write English, this course is for you.

Develop your English, numeracy, and study skills with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) English as an Additional Language (EAL) Young Adult Migrant Education Course (YAMEC).

The flexible entry and exit points mean you can start the course at any time.

This is the first step in vocational training. It can lead to further study, pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, traineeships or employment.

A practical guide for your career

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

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

Study with Melbourne Polytechnic’s dedicated youth programs.

You will work with a Student Pathways Advisor to help plan your career. You will do work experience. Melbourne Polytechnic has strong connections with community agencies.

You will be part of Melbourne Polytechnic’s Foundation Studies department. Our expert teachers specialise in helping young people to learn.

You can use Melbourne Polytechnic’s student services including libraries, computer labs and sports facilities.

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.

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 must 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






Foundation Studies
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Full-time: available
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 Course Advisor



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

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.

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

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

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.