C3308 - Certificate III in General Education for Adults

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Plan: C3308 - Certificate III in General Education for Adults
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Certificate III in General Education for Adults
Qualification national code: 22238VIC
Nominal hours: 370
Career: TAFE
Duration: 17 weeks Full time
Location: City
Owning school: Education (360T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/education
Partnered offering / Corporate client: N/A
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program



The Certificate III in General Education for Adults is a further study and/or employment preparation program. The objectives of the program are to provide you with the English language, numeracy and maths, tertiary study skills and confidence necessary to proceed with study in VCE, further education, vocational training, and/or employment.

The CGEA program develops your reading, writing, mathematical and oral communication skills for further study in an exciting and practical way. You will learn and practise research skills by using databases and researching the Melbourne community. Working individually and in groups, you will gain the skills necessary for independent learning and negotiation required for a tertiary learning environment. Competence and confifidence in using digital technologies is viewed as an essential skill and the learning and development of these skills are embedded in the program.



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Articulation and pathways



Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification.

There are currently no articulation agreements in place for Certificate III in General education for Adults

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Entrance requirements


This certificate is for people 16 years and over (on 1 January in year of commencement) who want to improve their reading, writing, speaking, maths and general education skills due to missed opportunities in their education and/or who want to develop further study skills and prepare for tertiary study.

As a general guide to entry in this program, you should have literacy and numeracy skills to a minimum Level 3/4 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). Applicants will be interviewed and assessed prior to placement.


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External accreditation and industry links

The Certificate III in General Education for Adults is a nationally accredited curriculum. It is accredited by the Victorian Registration and Qualification Authority, and the content is managed by the Curriculum Maintenance Manager, Services Industries(General Studies and Further Education). It is owned by the Adult Community and Further Education Board, Department of Education and Training, Victoria.

The qualification is designed to address the education and training needs of adults who left school early, or who may have been out of school for a long time and who wish to improve their English, numeracy/mathematical skills, and further study skills. At RMIT, the program we deliver  aims to create pathways for learners into vocational education and tertiary study qualifications,

In 2016 a mid cycle review of the curriculum was conducted by the CMM through research and consultation with the general education industry. It consisted of focus groups and on-line surveys with practitioners and learners. RMIT participated in this process and the findings indicated that this curriculum is developed around the knowledge and skills crucial to preparing learners for access to further study, employment and training options. 

The tertiary Preparation and Pathways Program Advisory Committee also informs the delivery of this qualification at RMIT.  The committee is made up of industry representatives from Learn Local community organizations, secondary schools, community youth and justice groups, Higher Education academic staff, and tertiary learning support practitioners.



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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library


Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT  www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit  You will learn how to access and navigate this in our computer lab as part of your program’s induction activities.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics   and basic sciences  if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

There are no set texts in this course, but it is recommended that you bring

Display folder with plastic sleeves
Highlighter pens
Notebook or loose leaf paper
Headphones (use your own or they can be purchased from the Carlton Library)
USB (Memory stick)

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at  www.rmit.edu.au/students  

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