Returning to study
Victoria University has thousands of mature-age students who have returned to study.
Some mature-age students have never completed secondary school, some are already in the workforce, and some are returning to study after a long break. Whatever your reason for returning to study, we offer a range of flexible course options and support services to help you achieve your goals.
Mature-age students come from diverse backgrounds and return to study for many reasons, such as a career change, to expand their skills, or just for personal enjoyment. We can help you through the process.
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Choosing a course
VU's study pathways mean that you can do an apprenticeship, certificate, degree or postgraduate studies, entering from various points and exiting when you’ve reached your goal.
Our courses offer flexibility, so if you want to vary the amount of time you spend studying each year, or even take a break for a while, you can.
Browse our online course search to find a course that suits your career goals and lifestyle.
Find out more about how our courses work.
Victorian Certificate of Education at VU
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is a senior secondary school qualification which is a prerequisite for entry into degree courses. VCE at VU College is the same VCE course offered in secondary schools but is tailored for adults returning to study.
Credit for skills and past study
VU recognises the valuable learning and life experience that students bring with them when they return to study.
We can credit academic, professional or life skills that are assessed and determined to be equivalent to the skills or knowledge that would be covered in specific units within a course. This could substantially reduce the time it takes to complete your course.
How to apply
Application procedures vary depending on what course you're studying. Some courses require you to submit an application directly to VU while others require you to apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).
Most courses start in late January or early March and may also have a mid-year intake. Some TAFE courses accept applications throughout the year.
Selection officers consider a range of factors when determining if an application is successful. In addition to previous academic performance, some courses allow you to lodge a personal statement about why you want to do the course and why you should be selected; others use folios, interviews or subject-specific tests. Once your application is assessed as successful, you'll receive an offer to enrol.
Financing your study
Costs of study vary depending on what you study. All Australian citizens are eligible for Commonwealth Government-funded loans (FEE-HELP for Higher Education and VET-HELP for TAFE). That means you can defer your fees and pay them back through the Australian Tax Office when your income reaches a certain amount. VU also has a wide range of scholarships for TAFE, undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Balancing study with work, family and other responsibilities can be challenging, so we provide a range of support services to help you succeed:
- Career and employment support
- Learning support
- Disability and welfare support
- Personal counselling
- Financial advice
- Clubs and societies
- Fitness centres
Call us on 1300 VIC UNI and one of our friendly staff will assist, or you can submit a question online to our support team.