This qualification comprises of 9 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 III (Further Study) outcomes focus on the consolidation of English speaking and listening, reading, writing and study skills to participate in a range of Australian further study contexts. Outcomes include literacy skills including digital literacy skills and cultural and critical knowledge and skills together with knowledge and skills to access further education pathways. Participants may pathway to vocational or other education or to further English language courses.




Entry Requirement:




  • Have completed Year 12
  • Have obtained an IELTS band score of at least 4.0 – 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

VU21323 Develop and document a learning plan and portfolio


VU21499 Give straightforward oral presentations for further study


VU21500 Participate in a range of straightforward interactions for further study


VU21501 Read and write straightforward texts for research purposes


VU21502 Analyse and produce straightforward texts relevant to further study


VU21503 Listen and take notes for research


VU21504 Use language learning strategies and study skills


VU21473 Investigate Australian art and culture


VU21310 Work with simple design and shape in familiar situations