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EAL (Access)

Certificate III Of

Code: 22486VIC



Preston, Epping, Greensborough, Prahran, Collingwood


available full time / available part time


available full time / available part time

Next Intake

Ongoing, April, Midyear

Next Intake


Take your English to the next level

The Certificate III in EAL (Access) teaches intermediate English to adults from a non-English speaking background. English language skills are very important for success in study and employment in Australia. You will build on the skills you learned in the Certificate II in EAL (Access) to improve your study and job opportunities, with a focus on the skills you need for problem solving, directions and communicating important information.

Learn English for real life situations

Your English teacher will work with you to create a learning plan that suits your skills, needs and goals. Certificate III in EAL Access students will hear guest speakers. You may participate in excursions to put your skills into real life practice. You will study written letters, instructions, transactions and personal texts to improve comprehension and grammar. This course will help you with everyday activities like banking, shopping, going to the doctor and dealing with government services. As a Melbourne Polytechnic student, you can use our libraries, computer labs, and other student services. Depending on your eligibility, you may receive funding from the Victorian Government or the Australian Government through Skills for Education and Employment (SEE), and Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP).

Prepare yourself for further study

Completing this course should give you the English skills to help further your studies and increase your employability. When you finish this course, you can move into the Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study) to continue to improve your English, or directly into a vocational course of study.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

You will be able to further your studies and increase your employability


You can pathway into further language study in the Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study), or you may be eligible to apply directly into a Vocational course.

Akolda Bil

"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

Course duration may vary depending on your progress. Please contact the department directly to enrol part-time
Mon - AM
Tue - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM

Assessment Methods

There are no exams. Assessment is continuous and ongoing, focusing on the process of learning

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
VU22609 Explore current issues Core 80
VU22611 Give and respond to a range of straightforward information and instructions Core 80
VU22612 Read and write straightforward communications and transactional texts Core 80
VU22610 Engage in casual conversations and straightforward spoken transactions Core 80
VU22618 Investigate Australian art and culture Core 50
VU22614 Read and write straightforward descriptive and narrative texts Core 80
VU22384 Develop and document a learning plan and portfolio Core 20
VU22606 Access the internet and email to develop language Core 50

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
$805.00 - $3847.00
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.


There are no formal entry requirements for this course. You will be interviewed before placement into the program

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.

Work Education students are required to complete and return an application form and attend an informal interview to find the best suited class and discuss any additional requirements that may be needed to support studies. All future students who have submitted an application will be contacted via email to schedule the interview between August and December.

Students will need to also organise a Unique Student Identifier (USI) if they don't have one which can be done online. Please bring this along to the interview session with any other documents and identification required which will be outlined to you in the email.