Are you a migrant or refugee who has just arrived in Australia? The Certificate I in EAL (Access) is designed to help you develop English language, literacy and numeracy skills that are helpful for everyday use. The course is tailored for people with little or no formal schooling and is also suitable for learners who don’t have literacy skills in their first language.

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
  • TAFE Victoria
    TAFE Victoria
Course currently in transition

The course code, title, units, and content may change. Further information will become available on our website, upon enrolment or during your studies.

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Skills you’ll learn

  • English language education
  • Numeracy
  • Literacy

Your career opportunities

  • Food process worker
  • Factory hand


Applicants are required to attend an interview where their learning goals and current language, literacy and numeracy skills will be assessed to ensure that the program best meets their needs.

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

Successful completion of 22484VIC Certificate I in EAL (Access) requires the successful completion of eight units made up of one core and seven elective units from the following:

  • one core unit
  • one Speaking and Listening unit
  • one Reading and Writing unit
  • two language skill electives
  • three general electives
Core units
Elective units
Certificate I
Indicative nominal course hours: 500

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Plan language learning with support
Core unit, 30.0 credit points
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Participate in short simple exchanges
Core unit, 80.0 credit points
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Read and write short simple messages and forms
Core unit, 80.0 credit points
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Give and respond to short, simple spoken instructions and information
Core unit, 80.0 credit points
Read and write short, simple descriptive and narrative texts
Core unit, 80.0 credit points
Units of study Unit code
Elective units
Use basic digital technology language and skills
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
Identify settlement options
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points, Croydon and Wantirna only
Work with simple numbers and money in familiar situations
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points, Croydon and Wantirna only
Locate health and medical information
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points, Hawthorn only
Conduct a project with guidance
Elective unit, 20.0 credit points

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)


Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)


Yearly fee* ($AUD)


2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)


Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Concessions rates for vocational students

If you’re enrolling in a Certificate IV-level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised training place and hold a valid concession card, you may be eligible for a concession of 80 per cent off the published fee of your unit(s) tuition – which means you’ll only be charged 20 per cent of the published fee.


Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

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