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22487VIC Certificate IV in EAL (Access)~

English Language

Next intake February 2024
LocationsGeelong City Campus
DurationFull-time: 6 months

Course description

Are you from a non-English speaking background and want to improve your written and spoken English skills? Would you like to study or improve your employment opportunities? Then this course may be just what you are looking for!
Our Certificate IV in EAL (Access) course is for students from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. You will improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking English skills. The course will also cover employment and living skills, knowledge of Australian society, and strategies to successfully move into work or further study.

~ This course is in transition.

The course code, title, units and content may change in future. Further information will be provided on The Gordon website, upon enrolment and/or during the course of your training.

Applications & attendance

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

2024 February
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 1 Feb 2024 
Class DayStart: 5 Feb 2024
Mon to Fri 9.30am to 2pm
Full-time: 6 months  Apply  


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course.

  • Applicants must be 17 years and over at the time of course commencement.

  • This course is open to adult learners from CALD communities who are permanent residents of Australia.
  • Entry requirements are determined by language level. All applicants will be interviewed and assessed by a trained ESL teacher and suitably placed. The teacher will use descriptors provided by the International Second Language Proficiency Rating Scale (ISLPR) as a guide.
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

  • Interview - once applicants register their interest, they will be contacted to arrange an interview date and time.

Core Units Code Hours
Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio VU22411 20
Elective Units Code Hours
Analyse and participate in complex conversations VU22619 80
Give and respond to a wide range of oral presentations and instructions VU22620 80
Read and write complex communications and transactional texts VU22621 80
Read and write complex instructions and advisory texts VU22622 80
Research current issues VU22627 55
Research events in Australian history post 1770 VU22626 60
Research the history of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Australia VU22625 60


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Written assignments
  • Team projects
  • Oral presentations

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their one Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.67 per hour 515 AUD $345.00 AUD $4,575.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.34 per hour 515 AUD $1,720.00 AUD $4,575.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $11.59 per hour 515 AUD $5,969.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Resources AUD $160.00
Education Levy AUD $77.25


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 20/11/2023 4:14:44 PM