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 IV (Further Study) outcomes are designed for those who require consolidation of advanced level English speaking and listening, reading, writing, literacy skills including digital literacy skills, and study skills in English prior to accessing a range of further study pathways including higher education. Participants include those who have already completed or partially completed further or higher education, those who wish to upgrade their qualifications and those wishing to enter higher level qualifications for the first time. The purpose of this course is to develop communication and research skills and knowledge at a complex level together with knowledge of the Australian education system. Outcomes are designed to support those who will use their existing skills and knowledge in their language in the workplace, for example as interpreters and providing bilingual support, to gain access to further training to support employment.


Entry Requirement:


  • Have completed Year 12
  • Have obtained an IELTS band score of at least 5.0 – 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

VU21353 Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio


VU21508 Give complex presentations for further study


VU21509 Analyse and participate in complex spoken discourse for further study


VU21511 Read and write complex texts for research purposes


VU21512 Read and write complex texts for further study


VU21510 Take notes from complex aural texts for further study


VU21514 Use language analysis skills to review own texts


VU21513 Use critical reading and writing skills for further study


 VU21482 Research current issues