Embrace English as an Additional Language with our Course in EAL.

Unlock your career potential as you develop essential English language, literacy, and numeracy skills to pursue further education, secure employment, and confidently engage in the community. 

This foundational course caters to learners with limited formal schooling and literacy skills, including those lacking literacy in their first language.

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

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
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Skills you’ll learn

  • Writing words and simple sentences
  • Recognising and writing the alphabet
  • Basic numeracy skills
  • Understanding time and money
  • Engaging in simple conversations

Your career opportunities

This course provides underpinning English language, literacy and numeracy skills that can be applied to entry into the next level of spoken and written English as an additional language.


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.

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 the Course in EAL requires successful completion of nine units made up of:

  • one core unit
  • three core Speaking and Listening units
  • two core Reading and Writing units
  • three numeracy units
Core units
Course in EAL

Indicative nominal course hours: 440

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Develop language learning objectives with support
Core unit, 30.0 credit points
Use beginning language learning strategies with support
Core unit, 55.0 credit points
Communicate basic personal details and needs
Core unit, 70.0 credit points
Give and respond to basic information and instructions
Core unit, 70.0 credit points
Read and write short basic messages and forms
Core unit, 70.0 credit points
Read and write short, basic factual texts
Core unit, 70.0 credit points
Recognise numbers and money in simple, highly familiar situations
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
Recognise, give and follow simple and familiar directions
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
Recognise measurements in simple, highly familiar situations
Core unit, 25.0 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.


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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