Certificates in Spoken and Written English (CSWE)

All Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) clients are enrolled in accredited courses including the Certificates in Spoken and Written English (CSWE). These nationally recognised qualifications help you to learn the skills you need to settle in Australia.

The courses are based on your individual needs, skill levels and interests. They are also matched with your training and employment goals, to help you find work. You can study your CSWE course in class. 

There are four CSWE levels, as well as a Course in Preliminary Spoken and Written English. Clients in the AMEP study up to Level III CSWE and clients in the SEE program study up to Level IV CSWE. Each level has of a number of Modules and Learning Outcomes which you will need to complete before you can move to the next level. Your teacher will assess you throughout the course so you can keep track of your progress.

10361NAT Course in Preliminary Spoken and Written English 

This course is for people who:

  • have not been to school or have attended school for only a short time, or
  • have no English language skills at all

What will I learn?

  • how to study
  • recognising and writing the English alphabet
  • recognising and using numbers in everyday life
  • recognising some simple signs
  •  reading and writing some simple sentences
  •  giving personal information

Units of Competency

  •  SWELRN001A Preliminary learning strategies 
  •  SWEDEC002A Decoding words and simple sentences
  •  SWELTR003A Recognising and writing letters
  •  SWENUM004A Recognising and writing numbers
  •  SWESYM005A Recognising common visual symbols and signs
  •  SWEWRD006A Writing words and simple sentences
  •  SWETIM007A Understanding time and money
  •  SWEPRN008A Giving basic personal information
  •  SWEEXC009A Engaging in short exchange

10362NAT Certificate I in Spoken and Written English 

This course is for people who are just beginning to learn English.

What will I learn?

The seven Modules in the course cover:

  •  how to have a short, simple conversation
  •  understanding simple instructions
  •  leaving a short telephone message
  •  filling in a short form
  •  reading a short newspaper story

Units of Competency

  •  SWELRN101A Basic learning strategies
  •  SWEPER102A Giving personal information
  •  SWETRA103A Comprehending and participating in short transactional exchanges
  •  SWEINF104A Comprehending spoken information and instructions
  •  SWECON105A Comprehending and participating in short conversations
  •  SWEREC106A Comprehending and telling spoken recounts
  •  SWEMSG107A Comprehending and leaving telephone messages
  •  SWEINS108A Comprehending written instructions and completing a short form
  •  SWEDES109A Comprehending and composing written descriptions
  •  SWEREC110A Comprehending and composing written recounts
  •  SWETXT111A Comprehending and composing short informal written texts
  •  SWENEW112A Comprehending short news and information texts
  •  SWENUM113A Comprehending and performing addition and subtraction with decimal whole numbers
  •  SWEMSR114A Comprehending and using the metric system of measurement

10363NAT Certificate II in Spoken and Written English

This course is for people who have a limited understanding of English.

What will I learn?

At this level, you will begin to develop skills to help you manage simple everyday personal, social and workplace situations. The seven Modules in the course cover:

  • having a casual conversation with someone
  • visiting the doctor 
  • going shopping and talking with sales staff
  • participating in a simple interview
  • writing a short story
  • reading job ads 
  • writing a short resume

Units of Competency

  • SWELRN201 Intermediate learning strategies
  • SWECAS202A Comprehending and participating in routine casual conversations
  • SWEEXC203A Comprehending and participating in transactional exchanges
  • SWEINF204A Comprehending and giving spoken information
  • SWETEL205A Comprehending and participating in telephone exchanges
  • SWEINS206A Comprehending and giving spoken instructions
  • SWEINT207A Comprehending and participating in simple interviews
  • SWEFOR208A Comprehending written instructions and completing formatted texts
  • SWEST0209A Comprehending and composing story texts
  • SWETXT210A Comprehending and composing informal texts
  • SWENEW211A Comprehending news and information texts
  • SWEMTN212A Comprehending and composing information reports
  • SWEOPl213A Comprehending and composing opinion texts
  • SWEJOB214A Comprehending and composing jobseeking texts
  • SWEVIS215A Comprehending visual texts
  • SWED1V216A Comprehending and performing multiplication and division with decimal whole numbers
  • SWEFRA217A Comprehending and using fractions and decimals

10364NAT Certificate III in Spoken and Written English

This course is for people who already have a basic understanding of English.

What will I learn?

This qualification will help you achieve a functional level of English in everyday social, workplace and study situations. The seven Modules in the course cover:

  • giving a short presentation
  • participating in a discussion
  • writing a formal letter or email
  • report writing
  • reading a newspaper
  • following complex instructions
  • writing a resume or CV
  • telephoning abut a job
  • learning more about your individual employment interests

Units of Competency

  • SWELRN301A Advanced learning strategies 
  • SWECON302A Comprehending and participating in casual conversations 
  • SWEEXC303A Comprehending and negotiating complex exchanges 
  • SWEINT304A Comprehending and participating in interviews 
  • SWEPRE305A Comprehending and conducting presentations 
  • SWEDIS306A Comprehending and participating in discussions 
  • SWECOR307A Composing formal correspondence and completing formatted texts 
  • SWEINF308A Comprehending and composing complex information texts 
  • SWENAR309A Comprehending and composing narrative texts 
  • SWEDSN310A Comprehending and composing discussions 
  • SWEEXP311A Comprehending and composing expositions 
  • SWEVIS312A Comprehending and composing visual texts
  • SWEADS313A Comprehending news stories and advertisements
  • SWEINS314A Comprehending and giving complex instructions
  • SWEJOB315A Language skills for job seeking
  • SWECAL316A Comprehending and performing multiple-step calculations
  • SWEMAT317A Applying and interpreting mathematical information

10366NAT Certificate IV in Spoken and Written English - Employment 

10365NAT Certificate IV in Spoken and Written English - Further Studies 

These courses are for people who have a functional level of English and are looking to build on this in preparation for further study, employment or for use in the workplace. 

What will I learn?

This qualification will help you build your English and communications skills for workplace situations. The six Modules in the course cover:

  • identifying potential employment
  • preparing job applications
  • preparing for job interviews
  • reading and writing with greater efficiency, effectiveness and clarity
  • improving workplace communication skills

Achieving a qualification

To receive an award, you must attend classes regularly, complete coursework and successfully complete assessments. You may also need to study after class.

The table below shows how many hours students normally need to study to receive a nationally recognised award:

Qualification

Nominal hours*
CSWE Curriculum
10361NAT Course in Preliminary Spoken and Written English

500 + 50 hours of out-of class study

10362NAT Certificate I in Spoken and Written English 500 + 200 hours of out-of-class study
10363NAT Certificate II in Spoken and Written English 500 + 200 hours of out-of-class study
10364NAT Certificate III in Spoken and Written English 500+700 hours of out-of-class study

*Nominal hours are the hours of training notionally required to achieve the outcomes of units of competency. Nominal hours are identified for nationally endorsed qualifications.

Find out more

Contact us to find out more about CSWE courses or find out how to enroll in the AMEP program or how to enroll in the SEE program.

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

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