Course in Preliminary Spoken and Written English


Course Length

Full time:

6 Months

Part time:

1 Year

Contact Hours

Full time:

4 Days a week

Part time:

2 Nights a week


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):



Seymour - Wallis Street

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Course Overview

The Course in Preliminary Spoken and Written English is a basic introduction to the English language, and gives you the literacy skills you need to participate in the community.

This course is designed for new migrants or refugees who may have limited English literacy skills, may have received no or low formal education, or may be lacking literacy skills in their first language.

This course is delivered on campus.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We’ve had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we’re currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course will give you the English language skills you need to succeed in an education or work environment, and opens up opportunities for further study in an area that interests you.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the 10727NAT Certificate I in Spoken and Written English.

Course Dates & Times

Seymour - Wallis Street

AMEP, Starts Mon 3rd Feb, 4 days a week (Mon,Tue,Thur,Fri), 9am - 3.30pm /2020

Profile, Starts Mon 3rd Feb, 4 days a week(Mon,Tue,Thur,Fri), 9am - 3.30pm /2020

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Profile, Starts Tue 4th Feb, 2 nights a week(Tue,Thur), 6pm - 9pm /2020

AMEP, Starts Mon 3rd Feb, 4 days a week(Mon,Tue,Thur,Fri), 9am - 3.30pm /2020

SEE, Starts Mon 6th Jan, 4 days a week(Mon,Tue,Thur,Fri), 9am - 3.30pm /2020

AMEP - Start Tue 4th Feb 2 nights a Week (Tue/Thur) 6pm - 9pm /2020

Profile, Starts Mon 3rd Feb, 4 days a week(Mon,Tue,Thur,Fri), 9am - 3.30pm /2020

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $714.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $140.00

3. Full Fee: $1,030.00

Course Materials: $39.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2020 and may change without notice.

Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course

Course Study Units

Core Units
SWEDCS001 - Develop preliminary coordination skills for learning
SWEPLL001 - Begin to participate in a formal English language learning environment
SWERSS001 - Read very simple signs
SWERWA001 - Begin to read and write the English alphabet
SWEWWS001 - Write a limited range of words and very simple sentences

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written and verbal assignments
  • Practical work
  • Classroom participation
  • Projects and/or
  • Written tests

Course Co-ordinator

Tony Nicolaci
Campus: Shepparton

Chrishanthi Sekhar
Campus: Shepparton

Sue Elston
Campus: Shepparton

Karen Williams
Campus: Seymour

Attendance & Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

The course runs Full-time (4 days per week) in Shepparton and Seymour, and Part-time in Shepparton night classes 2 nights per week.

Where to From Here

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Student Support

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.

Learn more about support services

Learner's Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.


Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.