This qualification comprises of 8 units and is designed for the diverse range of adult learners of English as an additional language needing to develop their English language proficiency skills in order to access a wide range of further education, training, employment and community participation contexts. Certificate I (Access) outcomes focus on the development of English language speaking, listening, reading and writing skills directly related to immediate personal and social needs together with electives selected to develop relevant social, settlement and numeracy skills and knowledge. The purpose of this qualification is preparation for participation in further English language study or vocational training which may include English language support or employment.


Entry Requirement:


  • Have completed Year 12
  • Have obtained an IELTS band score of at least 3.0 – or equivalent test score
  • There are no limitations to entry based on gender and physical ability, social or educational background.
  • Students may enrol in a qualification at the level appropriate to their needs and skills. The qualifications are not nested. Students may complete more than one qualification in the Framework.
  • Entry points for the EAL Accredited courses will be determined by HIC according to the following criteria:
    • a participant’s current English language skills. (The Listening and Speaking and Reading and Writing units in the EAL Framework will provide the basis for initial assessment processes and placement of participants at the appropriate proficiency level)
    • a participant’s prior formal education experience, both overseas and in Australia
    • any prior EAL / ESL learning
    • a participant’s learning and pathway needs including employability skills, literacies (digital and other literacies), and further educational and vocational training needs.
    • In addition HIC will take into consideration the following:
      • that EAL learners ‘bring a range of different skills and abilities to the task of learning English and are at varying stages of English language acquisition when they begin learning English or arrive in Australia.
      • EAL learners also have varying literacy skills in their first language/s. Many are well educated and have strong first language skills, which gives them a valuable foundation for building skills in English. Others encounter formal education for the first time in Victoria, and may not have sound literacy skills in any language. Furthermore, some EAL learners may be going through significant trauma resulting from refugee and pre-migration experiences, family separation, and subsequent settlement issues.
      • All of these often overlapping factors affect how EAL learners engage in learning, and the support they need to be successful must be considered in EAL provision across all settings.


Course Duration: 20 weeks full time


Course Outline


Unit Code

Unit Title

Nominal Hours

VU21454 Plan language learning with support


VU21451 Participate in short simple exchanges


VU21450 Give and respond to short, simple verbal instructions and information


VU21449 Read and write short simple messages and forms


VU21448 Read and write short, simple informational and instructional texts


VU21444 Identify Australian leisure activities


VU21293 Recognise measurements in simple, highly familiar situations


VU21446 Use basic digital technology language and skills