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EAL (Access)

Certificate I Of

Code: 22484VIC



Preston, Epping, Greensborough, Prahran, Collingwood


available full time / available part time


available full time / available part time

Next Intake

Ongoing, January, April, July, Midyear

Speak more English

The Certificate I in EAL (Access) is for people who speak limited English. English language skills are very important for success in study and employment in Australia.

We will teach you the basics of English. At the end of this course, it will be easier for you to study in English. It will also be easier to speak English with government departments, banks, shops and doctors. If you need to improve your English to study in Australia, this course is for you.

Learn with friendly and helpful teachers

When you start the course, our experienced teachers will talk with you about your skills, needs and goals. They will make a personal learning plan for you to help improve your English. You will learn how to give and receive instructions, talk about different topics and send emails. This course also teaches you about Australian culture. As a Melbourne Polytechnic student, you can use our libraries, computer labs, and other student services. This course is funded by the Australian Government through the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) and Skills for Education and Employment (SEE), as well as the Victorian Government for eligible learners.

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The start of a smoother life in Australia

Completing this course will give you the English skills to help your life in Australia. When you finish this course, you can move into the Certificate II in EAL to continue to improve your English.

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Career Pathways

Where will this take me

This is the beginning of further study and a smoother life in Australia


Following course completion, students may progress to the next level of EAL study. At the conclusion of Certificate III, student may apply for entry into a vocational course of study.

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"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Class Schedule

Please contact the Foundation Studies Department directly if you would to study part-time

Assessment Methods

Observation, Written task, Oral task, Group work

Units of Study

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

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Hours
VU22592 Give and respond to short, simple spoken instructions and information Core 80
VU22591 Participate in short simple exchanges Core 80
VU22600 Identify and access basic legal information Core 50
VU22595 Read and write short, simple descriptive and narrative texts Core 80
VU22599 Identify settlement options Core 50
VU22596 Use basic digital technology language and skills Core 50
VU22593 Read and write short simple messages and forms Core 80
VU22590 Plan language learning with support Core 30

Fees & Costs

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Tuition Fees
$785.00 - $3830.00
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

You will need to bring your own pens and writing materials and will be provided with worksheets during class. You will also have access to a range of facilities and services to assist with individual learning and wellbeing while at Melbourne Polytechnic

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.


Each student is assessed by interview to determine the most appropriate class to enrol into.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.