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 II (Access) outcomes focus on the development of English language speaking, listening, reading and writing skills together with electives selected to develop relevant knowledge and skills for simple everyday communication and community participation and to enable participants to move into further English language education or vocational training or a combination of both, or employment.

Entry Requirement:

  • Have completed Year 12
  • Have obtained an IELTS band score of at least 3.5 – 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

VU21297 Develop and document a learning plan and portfolio with guidance


VU21456 Participate in simple conversations and transactions


VU21457 Give and respond to simple verbal information and directions


VU21458 Read and write simple personal communications and transactional texts


VU21459 Read and write simple instructional and informational texts


VU21462 Explore community options


VU21445 Locate health and medical information


VU21307 Work with numbers and money in simple, familiar situations