English & preparation programs

Prepare for work or higher study by improving your academic and language skills, with an English or preparation course at Victoria University.

We are one of the largest providers of English as an Additional Language (EAL) education in Victoria and have a proud history of helping international students, migrants and refugees achieve success in study, work and community integration.

Our courses provide pathways into TAFE and university courses, and are targeted to those without secondary-school qualifications. We also offer courses that help people with disability to prepare for work.

Why choose VU Polytechnic?

  • Award-winning English program

    Our EAL program won the 2020 Multicultural Award for Excellence in Education, recognising inclusion and successes for students from CALD communities.

  • A welcoming community

    When you study with us, you will share classes, conversations and friendships with students from over 175 different countries at one of our western suburb campuses.

  • Support services that work for you

    We offer scholarships, financial advice, counselling, childcare and more to help you succeed in your studies, no matter your background.


VU Polytechnic is open for on-campus activity. Our priority is always the safety, health and wellbeing of our students, staff and community.


Browse our English & preparation courses

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Western Melbourne English Program

The Western Melbourne English Program (WMEP) delivers English language and general education certificates designed to strengthen your reading, writing, speaking, listening and numeracy skills.

Contact us

Work Education (courses for people with special learning needs)

Email: [email protected]

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

Email: [email protected]

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

Email: [email protected]