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10361NAT Course in Preliminary Spoken and Written English


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Alice Springs, Casuarina, Palmerston

Estimated completion time: 1 year/s

The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.
Refer to the relevant course information flyer for further information.

CDU Reference
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
General Education - Not Occupationally Specific

10361NAT Course in Preliminary Spoken and Written English is a foundation course for learners who have no or limited formal schooling, no literacy skills in English and who may not have literacy skills in their first language. Learners entering this course are identified as absolute beginners.

Note: This course may be updated in 2018. Please contact the relevant VET school/team for current course details and location.

Career opportunities

Students are usually newly-arrived migrants and refugees with few or no English skills who wish to learn basic English to assist their successful settlement in Australia. This course develops the skills for learners to satisfy their basic everyday transactional needs.

Credit transfers & pathways

Skills recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.
This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact VET RPL Enquiries on 1800 238 838 or email

Credit Transfer
Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.
In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline


Entry requirements

For CDU entry requirements, refer to the relevant course information flyer or contact the VET team.

Course fees

The course has nominal hours of 500 hours. Please refer to the course information flyer for approximate 2018 course fees.

The following Fees are applicable to this course:

Domestic Students

VET tuition fees

This course is subsidised by the NT Government.
2019: Information about 2019 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents is available 2019 VET Fees.pdf. VET Tuition Fees for 2019 will be charged at $3.20 per nominal hour for subsidised training.
2018: Information about 2018 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents is available in the VET Student Guide, VET Fees online or 2018 VET Fees.pdf. VET Tuition Fees for 2018 are charged at $3.00 per nominal hour for subsidised training.

  • This is a non-award course and a Statement of Attainment will be issued for nationally recognised units of competency successfully completed.

  • Location and study mode

    Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

    Locations: Alice Springs, Casuarina, Palmerston

    Study Mode: Internal
    Some components of this qualification may be available in other modes of delivery and not all modes are available at all locations.

    Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Contact details

English Language, Literacy and Numeracy
Location: Casuarina Campus
Phone: 08 8946 6578
Fax: N/A

Course structure

To achieve the Course in Preliminary Spoken and Written English a total of SEVEN (7) modules must be completed. This comprises TWO (2) core module plus FIVE (5) elective modules as detailed below.

The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 500.
Code Module/Unit of Competency
SWELRN001A Preliminary learning strategies
SWEDEC002A Decoding words and simple sentences 75
  Total nominal hours - core modules
ELECTIVE MODULES (select 5 modules from the list below)
Recognising and writing letters
SWENUM004A Recognising and writing numbers  75
SWESYM005A Recognising common visual symbols and signs  75
SWEWRD006A Writing words and simple sentences 75
SWETIM007A Understanding time and money 75
SWEPRN008A Giving basic personal information 75
SWEEXC009A Engaging in short exchanges 75
  Total nominal hours – elective modules
  Total nominal hours for the course


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