English for Work and Study – Beginners

Core unit components

  • (FSKLRG004) Use short and simple strategies for work-related learning

Elective unit components

  • (FSKRDG002) Read and respond to short and simple workplace signs and symbols
  • (FSKWTG002) Write short and simple workplace formatted texts
  • (FSKOCM002) Engage in short and simple spoken exchanges at work
  • (FSKNUM003) Use whole numbers and halves for work
  • (FSKRDG004) Read and respond to short and simple workplace information
  • (FSKNUM004) Use basic and familiar metric measurements for work
  • (VU22344) Engage with short simple texts for learning purposes
  • (FSKDIG001) Use digital technology for short and basic workplace tasks
  • (FSKWTG003) Write short and simple workplace information
  • (FSKNUM007) Use simple data for work

Course Overview

Do you need to improve your English for work and study? Macquarie Community College is a leading provider of English teaching offering you an inclusive and supportive environment in which to learn.

This English for Work and Study – Beginners course (FSK10119 Certificate I in Access to Vocational Pathways) will assist you with learning strategies, workplace reading and writing, numeracy, oral communication and digital literacy. Join the class for a fun and interactive experience whilst learning key skills.

This course is aimed at individuals who require significant foundational skills support in basic English in order to improve their career opportunities.

It is suitable for individuals who require:

  • A career pathway, career preparation to employment or career training;
  • Reading, writing, numeracy, oral communication and learning skills at Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) Level 1; or
  • Entry level digital technology and employability skills.

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across Northern and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Epping, Mt Druitt, Richmond, and Ryde. Enrol now!

Learn more about this course

What you will learn

Course outline

In this course you will learn:

  • Vocabulary
  • How to improve your spelling
  • How to make short sentences
  • How to read workplace information
  • How to write basic workplace information
  • Listening activities
  • How to improve your oral communication and pronunciation
  • How to use numeracy with whole numbers up to 1000 for maths and financial workplace situations
  • How to read and respond to basic signs and symbols
  • Grammar – using nouns and pronouns
  • How to use simple digital technology

After completing this course, students may be able to study further Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) courses and build on their English skills for personal and work purposes.

Course outcome

By the end of this course, the student will be:

  • Using new words in conversations
  • Understanding common signs and symbols used in everyday life
  • Able to read short stories
  • Able to write short sentences
  • Writing basic texts
  • Using digital technology for basic workplace tasks
  • More confident with their communication skills

At the end of the course, you will be issued a certificate in FSK10119 Certificate I in Access to Vocational Pathways, where competency has been achieved. You will gain skills to participate in further study in preparation for employment.

What is involved

Time commitment

This course will include both classroom based sessions and home study.


Assessment (including recognition of prior learning) must:

  • Meet the requirements of the relevant training package or accredited course, and
  • Be conducted in accordance with the principles of assessment and the rules of evidence, and
  • Meet workplace and, where relevant, regulatory requirements.

For this course assessment will entail the following:

  • Writing
  • Oral communication
  • Numeracy
  • Grammar
  • Reading
  • Listening

What you need to know

Entry requirements

Prerequisite: Essential

An appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills is required to enrol in this course. Macquarie Community College may conduct an LLN assessment as part of the pre enrolment process.

Prerequisite: Desirable

The student should be able to write basic English words and make short sentences.

What you need to provide

  • All course material is provided and inclusive with course fees
  • Notepad and pen

For remote learning online Zoom classes students will need a stable internet connection on computer or laptop to participate.

Fees and government subsidies

Smart and Skilled provides government-subsidised training and higher-level courses to help you get skills to find a job and advance your career.
If you're a prospective student, please visit: https://www.macquarie.nsw.edu.au/smart-and-skilled/ where you will find everything you need to know about the Smart and Skilled program before you enrol.
*Eligibility criteria apply. This training is subsidised by the NSW Government, and as a result your fee is determined through Training Services NSW formal eligibility criteria.
Students will need to supply the required evidence in accord with the requirements of Smart and Skilled eligibility.
Not eligible for Subsidised Training: $2,150
Contact us today or call on 1300 845 888 to check your eligibility.

What you can do next

Study pathway

After completing this course, you can study the English for Work and Study – Intermediate (FSK10219 Certificate I in Skills to Vocational Pathways) course.

Class details

RTO 90033
Start Date08 May 2024
End Date19 September 2024
DaysWed, Thu
Time10.00am - 2.30pm
TutorAbdulla Nafea
Location Blacktown Campus

Class details

RTO 90033
Start Date27 May 2024
End Date21 August 2024
DaysMon, Tue, Wed
Time9.30am - 2.30pm
Location Ryde Campus

Fees & Government Subsidies

At Macquarie Community College, we create and provide affordable and inclusive learning opportunities that meet the needs of individuals, organisations and communities.

Given the broad range of accredited and non-accredited programs offered by the College the fees and subsidies will vary depending on the course.

Fee for Service Courses 

Courses available on a fee-for-service basis will have the price clearly indicated within the class details. Additional fee information may also be found in the ‘’what you need to provide’’ section of the course details.

Funded Courses

Macquarie Community College delivers NSW government subsidised training, including training under the Smart and Skilled and Adult and Community Education (ACE) programs.

To access government subsidised training, including fee exemptions or concessions, you must meet the following criteria:

  • aged 15 years or older
  • no longer be at school
  • living or working in NSW
  • Australian OR New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident OR a Humanitarian Visa Holder, OR a Partner Visa Holder whose sponsor is a current or past Humanitarian Visa Holder

When you enrol in a NSW government subsidised course you will be required to pay the Smart and Skilled student fee unless you qualify for a fee exemption.

For further information on NSW government subsidies visit the below funding pages.

Adult and Community Education 

Smart and Skilled 


NSW Fee Free Training 

Credit Transfer

Am I Eligible for Credit Transfers?

Credit Transfer (CT) is granted as a result of identifying learning outcomes already achieved through formal training. Credit outcomes may allow for entry into a qualification and/or provide credit towards the qualification. Credit Transfer given may reduce the time required for you to achieve the qualification.

To apply for Credit Transfer you will need to provide original or certified copies of certificates previously attained through formal training prior to completing the enrolment process.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is granted as a result of identifying and assessing previous and current informal education and training, work experience and/or life experience and knowledge. Previous learning and the evidence supplied is measured against pre-determined performance standards contained within the Units of Competency.

To apply for recognition of prior learning you should indicate your decision to apply for recognition as soon as possible after enrolment and the induction program.

We will be happy to provide you with an RPL kit after speaking directly with you to ensure you understand the requirements of this process.

Delivery Mode

To meet the needs of our students Macquarie Community College balances delivery and engagement across permanent, regular and temporary delivery sites and offer face-to-face, remote zoom classes and self-paced learning options.

Ways to Study

  • On campus

Our college campus locations are:

    • Blacktown
    • Chatswood
    • Carlingford
    • Epping
    • Ryde
    • Mt Druitt
  • Virtual classroom
  • Complete workplace training
  • Combine ways to study


How you got questions? Please see our comprehensive FAQ page for everything you need to know about Macquarie Community College, our policies, student support, application and enrolment procedures.

How to Apply

Step 1 - Apply

  • Select your preferred course and class
  • Review course and fee subsidy requirements to check your eligibility
  • If you need help contact us via livechat or via contact us form
  • Click Apply now

Step 2 - Assessment / Enrolment

  • We will assess your application and make contact within 2 business days
  • You will be asked to complete a language, literacy & numeracy assessment
  • Complete enrolment form
  • Provide all required evidence and/or documents

Step 3 - Start Learning

Following submitting your enrolment form and documents you will receive:

  • An enrolment confirmation
  • Tax invoice / payment plan details (if relevant)
  • A course reminder prior to your classes starting
  • A Zoom link (Online Zoom classes only)
  • A student login to your learning portal if relevant