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Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study)

CRICOS Code: 082553K   |   Course Code: 22258VIC



The 22258VIC Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study) is designed for participants who need to develop English language skills to participate in a further study context in complex interactions and to critically analyse and produce complex texts relevant to further study.

Approximate ISLPR outcome for 22258VIC Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study) is 3/3+. Approximate ACSF level is 4. This is the equivalent of IELTS 5.5- 6.5.

These qualifications are consistent with the criteria and specifications of the AQF Level 4 as outlined in the Australian Qualification Framework Second Edition January 2013, as follows: Knowledge: Graduates of a Certificate IV will have theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for specialised and / or skilled work and learning through knowledge of:

  • Resources and strategies to support own English language learning
  • English language structures and conventions to enable participation in complex extended verbal transactions, conversations and presentations, and to read and write complex printed and digital texts, relevant to own purposes and appropriate to audience
  • knowledge of Australian culture to enable participation in complex extended verbal transactions, conversations and presentations, and to read and write complex printed and digital texts, relevant to own purposes and appropriate to context
  • communication technologies

Skills: Graduates at this level will have a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply a range of methods, tools and information to:

  • read and evaluate a range of information about potential pathway options
  • develop, document and evaluate a learning plan according to identified processes
  • select and evaluate types of evidence to assemble a portfolio
  • participate in extended transactions and conversations in English
  • present and respond to complex instructions and information
  • apply research skills to locate and evaluate information relevant to own goals and purposes
    critically analyse complex texts
  • write complex texts relevant to a range of purposes and audiences
  • use a range of learning/ communication technology to communicate in English

Application of knowledge and skills: Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and limited responsibility in known or changing contexts and within established parameters by:

  • planning and monitoring future English language skills development in relation to identified pathways
  • analysing and participating in complex verbal transactions and exchanges in English
  • researching and analysing a range of information in complex texts
  • writing complex texts
  • applying digital literacy skills

The volume of learning for this qualification is typically between 0.5 and 2 years and incorporates structured and unstructured learning activities such as:

  • structured activities to develop English language listening and speaking, reading and writing knowledge and skills at ACSF Level 4 to enable more effective participation in those activities relevant to the learner
  • research and evaluate pathway options to independently develop and implement a learning plan over time to enable learning goals to be reviewed and amended
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English language entry requirements

IELTS 5 or its equivalent OR
Certificates III in EAL, EAL Framework OR

IELTS International English Language Testing System (Cambridge ESOL, British Council and IELTS Australia Pty Ltd.)
ACSF Australian Core Skills Framework (© DEEWR)
CSWE Certificates in Spoken and Written English (© NSW AMES)
CGEA Certificates in General Education for Adults (© DEECD 2012)
ISLPR International Second Language Proficiency Ratings (Wylie & Ingram 1999)

Course Rules

To be eligible for the award of the 22258VIC Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study), learners must successfully complete a total of 9 units comprising:

8 Core units

1 Elective unit not previously completed from:

  • elective units listed in this qualification
  • Certificate III or IV qualifications in this EAL Framework
  • unit which is first packaged in AQF levels 3, 4 or 5 in other accredited curricula and / or endorsed training packages

Career Pathway

The program is designed to allow participants to undertake further study in vocational or higher education programs.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be over 18 years old at the time of commencement.

Entry to each EAL Course in / qualification must be determined according to the following criteria:

  • a participant’s current English language skills. (The Listening and Speaking and Reading and Writing units in the 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 learning
  • a participant’s learning and pathway needs including employability skills, literacies (digital and other literacies), and further educational and vocational training needs

Course fees

Tuition: $6,250
Application Fee: $250 (Non Refundable)

As Delivered by Australian Industrial Systems Institute

Compulsory Units:

  • 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
  • VU21510 Take notes from complex aural texts for further study
  • VU21511 Read and write complex texts for research purposes
  • VU21512 Read and write complex texts for further study
  • VU21513 Use critical reading and writing skills for further study
  • VU21514 Use language analysis skills to review own texts
  • BSBITU303A Design and produce text documents

Course Duration

Course Hours: 420

22 weeks (21 hours per week)


Course Commencement

Monthly Intake commencing the first Monday of every month.

There are no Elective Units for this course
There are no Packaging Rules for this course


There are no formal articulation arrangements for pathways into VET or higher education courses on completion of the Certificates in EAL.

A range of potential pathways are possible when EAL certificate courses utilise training package units of competency as electives. Successful completion of these units within Certificates in EAL will be eligible for credit into other training package qualifications. RTOs may design EAL certificate courses which contain a number of elective units from a particular Training Package qualification to provide a specific pathway to that qualification on completion.


Participants are required to complete the set summative assessment tasks through each week of program delivery. Performance is determined at the end of each week and at set Progress Checkpoints and recorded in the Performance Record. Participants also undertake pre-defined formative assessment activities throughout the program. The summative and formative assessment activities have been developed to specifically assess the program defined macro-areas: Oral Communication, Grammar, Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking, Technology, Cultural Awareness, Business English and Academic English; which align to the program objectives.

Training and Assessment Note

Assessment comprises written assignments, tests and practical application projects. Students are required to attend tests and examinations as scheduled, with test generally scheduled during normal class time.