22258VIC Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study)


Certificate IV in EAL

SKU: 22258VIC Category:


CRICOS Course Code: 088960B


Note: This qualification is not currently available to International Students.  International Students – Please refer to our English for Academic Purposes (Intermediate).


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
Students utilise English language structures and conventions to enable them to engage in complex conversation and presentations, and to read and write complex printed and digital texts.  They also develop knowledge of Australian culture.  Students learn to apply research skills to locate and evaluate information and plan their future development.


The program is designed to allow participants to undertake further study in vocational or higher education programs.  This is reflected in the units making up the program.


The focus of the listening unit is on advanced listening skills in English to go into further study contexts, focusing on taking notes from complex and extended aural texts.


The speaking unit develops advanced listening and speaking skills in English to undertake further study.   The program promotes discussion of ideas and information in complex formal presentations and group discussions.


The reading units develop reading, note-taking and research writing skills in English and producing a wide range of complex research-based texts. Students learn to  analyse a wide range of complex texts.


The focus of the writing units is on using analysis skills for a range of study tasks, and using and creating formatted texts. They also develop language analysis and application of these skills to review own texts for further study purposes.


The further study skills units help students to design and develop documents using advanced features of word processing software.  These units develop the skills and knowledge to investigate pathway options and plan skills development.



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


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)


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

COURSE STRUCTURE (As Delivered by International Institute Australia)

  • 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

Participants must successfully complete all core and elective units as specified above to be issued with the qualification. The delivery mode if full-time face-to-face on site at the Melbourne campus located at Level 1, 398 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000 Australia.

Delivery Mode

Each student or group of students will follow the delivery sequence provided once they commence. The student’s individual journey will be managed by their Trainer/Assessor using a Training Plan. The delivery sequence provided at orientation is to be used as a guide and students will work at their own pace and may take longer to achieve competencies if needed. Once a student has achieved competency in a unit they will commence the next unit in the delivery sequence, all progression will be documented on their training plan, recorded in the student management system and evidence retained in their student file.




22 weeks (20 hours per week) [20 Weeks scheduled classes plus 2 weeks scheduled holiday periods].


Monthly Intake commencing the first Monday of every month.


Tuition Fee: $6,250
Application Fee: $ 250


Fee for Service – Domestic and International Students


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.

Employment Pathway

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


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.