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Certificate III in EAL (Access)

Code: 22486VIC

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Preston, Epping, Prahran


6 months full time / 12 months part time

Next Intake

Ongoing, January, April, July, October

Next Intake

January, April, July, October

Take your English to the next level

22486VIC 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 22485VIC 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. 22486VIC 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 22492VIC 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

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Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Blended learning

Class Schedule

Full time: 6 months
4 days per week including face to face and remote learning

Part time: 12 months
2 days or evenings per week for 12 months

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.

Code Subject Elective Hours
VU22384 Develop and document a learning plan and portfolio Core 20
VU22609 Explore current issues Elective 55
VU22610 Engage in casual conversations and straightforward spoken transactions 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
VU22614 Read and write straightforward descriptive and narrative texts Core 80
VU22616 Investigate features of the Australian legal system Elective 50
VU22618 Investigate Australian art and culture Elective 50
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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $0 $4200
Materials fee $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $175 $250 $4450
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The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

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.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

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 2021. 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.

Please note: Eligible students pay amenities only.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

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

Course Fees

Eligible students pay amenities only.

Scholarships on offer

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22485VIC Certificate II in EAL

Next Steps

Call 03 9269 1400 to arrange an entrance interview with our friendly staff.

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.


Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is a service to help eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants with low English levels to improve their English language skills and settle into Australia. AMEP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.

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Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) Program provides training to help participants build their reading, writing, maths and basic computer skills.

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Melbourne AMEP Melbourne AMEP is a network of TAFE and Learn Local organisations to deliver the AMEP across five regions in Victoria.

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