Certificates in Spoken and Written English (CSWE)

Some SEE 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 meet your training and employment goals and to help you find work. You can study your CSWE course in class.

Navitas delivers three CSWE levels, as well as a Course in Preliminary Spoken and Written English. Each level has of a number of units of competency . You will need to complete 5 units before you can move to the next CSWE level. Your teacher will assess you throughout the course and you can keep track of your progress.Your teacher will also advise you about the combination of units required.

10725NAT 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

Units of Competency

  • SWERST001 Read a very limited range of words and very simple texts
  • SWERWA001 Begin to read and write the English alphabet
  • SWERCT001 Read a limited range of words and compose very simple texts
  • SWEWWS001 Write a limited range of words and very simple sentences
  • SWEESD001 Engage in very short dialogues SWERSS001 Read very simple signs
  • SWEDEV001 Develop preliminary English vocabulary for settlement
  • SWEDCS001 Develop preliminary coordination skills for learning
  • SWEPLL001 Begin to participate in a formal English language learning environment
  • FSKNUM01 Use beginning whole number skills and money up to one hundred for work
  • FSKNUM02 Use beginning skills related to time and 2D shapes for work

10727NAT Certificate I in Spoken and Written English

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

Units of Competency

  • SWEELC001 Listen to and engage in short simple social conversations
  • SWEELT001 Listen to and engage in short simple spoken transactions
  • SWERWT001 Read and write simple social texts 
  • SWERWT002 Read and write simple transactional texts
  • SWELRT001 Read and listen to simple information texts
  • SWERWI001 Read and write simple personal information
  • SWEBLC001 Build simple learning capabilities to learn English
  • SWEAOA001 Access simple online English language learning applications
  • FSKNUM03 Use whole numbers and money up to one thousand for work
  • FSKNUM04 Locate, compare and use highly familiar measurements for work
  • FSKNUM08 Identify and use whole numbers and simple fractions, decimals and percentages for work

10728NAT Certificate II in Spoken and Written English

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

Units of Competency

  • SWEELD001 Engage in and listen to basic spoken dialogues
  • SWEDCT001 Deliver and comprehend basic procedural spoken texts
  • SWERWT003 Read and write basic everyday texts
  • SWERWT004 Read and write basic procedural texts
  • SWERWT005 Read and write basic story texts
  • SWERWT006 Read and write basic opinion texts
  • SWERWT007 Read and write basic factual texts
  • SWEDSJ001 Develop basic English language skills for job seeking
  • SWEDML001 Develop basic visual and multimodal literacy
  • SWEDVW001 Develop basic English vocabulary for Work, Health and Safety
  • FSKLRG04 Use basic strategies for work-related learning
  • FSKLRG08 Use simple strategies for work related learning
  • FSKNUM08 Identify and use whole numbers and simple fractions, decimals and percentages for work
  • FSKNUM14 Calculate with whole numbers and familiar fractions, decimals and percentages for work
  • BSBITU101 Operate a personal computer
  • BSBITU201 Produce simple word processed documents

10729NAT Certificate III in Spoken and Written English

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

Units of Competency

  • SWELPE001 Comprehend and participate in routine formal spoken exchanges
  • SWELPE002 Comprehend and participate in routine informal spoken exchanges
  • SWERWT008 Read and write routine social texts
  • SWERWT009 Read and write routine transactional texts
  • SWEDEP001 Use and modify routine English pronunciation
  • SWELDT001 Comprehend and deliver routine spoken procedural texts
  • SWERWT010 Read and write routine procedural texts
  • SWERWT011 Read and write routine further study texts
  • SWEDSJ002 Apply routine English language skills for job seeking
  • SWERWT012 Read and write routine narrative texts
  • SWELCP001 Comprehend and conduct routine spoken presentations
  • SWERLN001 Read and listen to the news
  • SWEAWV001 Apply routine English Work, Health and Safety vocabulary
  • SWEDML002 Develop routine multimodal literacy
  • FSKLRG11 Use routine strategies for work-related learning
  • FSKNUM15 Estimate, measure and calculate with routine metric measurements for work
  • FSKNUM17 Use routine maps and plans for work
  • FSKNUM18 Collect data and construct routine tables and graphs for work
  • FSKNUM19 Interpret routine tables, graphs and charts for work
  • FSKNUM22 Use and apply ratios, rates and proportions for work
  • FSKNUM28 Use routine formulas and algebraic expressions for work
  • BSBITU203 Communicate electronically
  • BSBLIB304 Develop and use information literacy skills 
  • ICTICT203 Operate application software packages
  • ICTWEB201 Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement

Achieving a qualification

To receive an award, you must attend classes regularly, complete coursework and successfully complete assessments. You usually 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
10725NAT Course in Preliminary Spoken and Written English

210 - 600 hours

10727NAT Certificate I in Spoken and Written English 400 - 540 hours + 150 hours of out-of-class study
10728NAT Certificate II in Spoken and Written English 435 - 600 hours + 175 hours of out-of-class study
10729NAT Certificate III in Spoken and Written English 370 - 630 hours + 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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