Information on this page is for Australian residents

Start date:
25 February 2019
ATAR:
Not required*
*Offers made in 2018. More about ATAR
Duration: 
3 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 

Overview

Our Bachelor of Education Studies offers an alternative path into teaching, giving you the skills to lead a range of learning programs outside traditional classrooms.

The course doesn't provide teacher-registration. Instead, it offers education skills and knowledge to work in a number of community and private settings, including:

  • mentoring and tutoring programs
  • community programs
  • public and welfare services
  • after-school care
  • teacher aide positions.

You can steer your education-focused career into an area of personal passion, with a relevant major or minor from our broad options. Possibilities include:

  • PE/physical education (secondary)
  • arts (music, visual arts and media)
  • community (health, welfare, disability or psychology)
  • English (literary studies and teaching English as an additional language)
  • humanities (history, cultural or Indigenous studies)
  • ICT (digital media)
  • maths
  • outdoor education
  • science specialisations.

Please note: this course does not provide you with the prerequisites for teacher registration.

At VU, we offer alternative paths to career qualifications. This course shares a common first year with the Bachelor of Education. If you successfully complete the first year and meet the skills benchmarks, you may apply to transfer into the second year of the school-teaching course Bachelor of Education (P-12).

After graduating, you may progress to our Master of Teaching (Secondary) or Master of Teaching (Primary Education) and become a registered teacher, on meeting the entry requirements.

You’ll gain invaluable work experience through our industry placements and work-integrated learning.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have explored the community education sector, building your understanding and becoming work ready.

We offer a range of practical projects, including with the renowned Immigration Museum, who have worked with our students to identify community learning needs in Neighbourhood Houses.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice and can show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available to all students.

We believe in inclusiveness, diversity and opportunity. Studying with us means you’ll be learning in an environment that values community empowerment.

Victoria University received the highest rating of five stars for cultural diversity by the Good Universities Guide.

VU also works to address refugee issues, tackle diversity and social inclusion issues and improve the health and social wellbeing of the region. We are proud of our varied cultural and community engagement projects with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities.

Our Footscray Park Campus has everything you need, all set a pleasant stroll from the Maribyrnong River and parklands.

Facilities include:

  • aquatic and fitness centre
  • childcare services
  • learning common spaces with WiFi, tables and chairs
  • restaurants and café
  • state-of-the-art lecture theatres.

Our library gives you constant access to online resources from wherever you are. It also has the following for your use:

  • 14 group study rooms
  • 15 laptops for loan
  • 296 PCs and six Apple MACs
  • printing, copying and scanning
  • WiFi access.

Delivery mode

Blended, Face to Face

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Already a VU student?

To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

Benefit from our arts & education partnerships, including with the Footscray Arts Centre.

Careers

Bachelor of Education Studies prepares you for a wide range of important work with an education focus where teacher registration is not required, including:

  • adult education
  • teacher aide
  • care facility training and support
  • community programs
  • disability work
  • specialised learning programs, such as arts, science or maths
  • recreation and sporting activities.

If you continue on to our Master of Teaching (Secondary) or Master of Teaching (Primary Education) you'll be able to apply for school teaching positions.

Salaries

The following are average Australian salaries:

  • teacher aide, A$65,200 (Seek)
  • training and development, $83,300 (JobOutlook)
  • secondary-school teachers (with additional masters), A$78,000 (Job Outlook).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Education Studies, students will be required to complete 288 credit points, consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core units
  • 48 credit points of Core studies
  • 48 credit points of Minor studies
  • 96 credit points of Major studies 

First Year Core Units

Year 2

12 credit points Minor Unit 1

12 credit points Minor Unit 2

12 credit points Major Unit 1

12 credit points Major Unit 2

Year 3

12 credit points Minor Unit 3

12 credit points Minor Unit 4

12 credit points Major Unit 3

12 credit points Major Unit 4

12 credit points Major Unit 5

12 credit points Major Unit 6

12 credit points Major Unit 7

12 credit points Major Unit 8

Majors

Minors

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse and evaluate perspectives in the theory, research and practice of education in community and human service contexts in a changing world;  
  2. Review the conditions for lifelong learning appropriate to individuals and groups in social settings, incorporating ethical, sustainable and socially inclusive criteria;  
  3. Plan, implement, assess and evaluate educational programs and activities that demonstrate practical, recreational and creative skills;  
  4. Research and critically reflect on practice and communicate ideas as an educator in community and human services;  
  5. Engage effectively in teaching teams and work collaboratively as members of a work based team;  
  6. Respect and value diversity and difference as a positive resource to be encouraged within the community and its organisations.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), Full-fee

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admissions

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about the university admission requirements for all applicants, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Admission requirements

Applicants for this degree will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last 2 years)

  • Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
  • an Australian or overseas equivalent or
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB).

Importance of ATAR for this course

ATAR+

We consider both ATAR and other criteria

NA

ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria

Why is ATAR not applicable?

You will not need an ATAR score to meet the admission requirements for this course. Only the successful completion of your secondary school studies, and any additional prerequisites. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their prior experience, ATAR, age, socioeconomic or educational background.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.

Special admission programs

Special admission programs are available to applicants who may come from a disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environment. These include:

  • Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) for VTAC applicants
  • Early Entry Offer Program (EEOP)
  • Special Consideration

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET/TAFE) study

This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
OR:
Completion of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (or equivalent).

Applicants with higher education study

This information is for people who have completed an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) and have also completed:

  • a higher education (university) qualification OR
  • at least 6 months of continuous study in an undergraduate or higher qualification, at an Australian university within the last 5 years.

Entry requirements

Full or partial completion of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent).
OR:
Completion of a single unit of Higher Education studies.
OR:
Completion of a bridging or enabling course eg. Foundation course or equivalent.

Applicants with work & life experience

This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than 2 years ago and do not have any formal academic history.

Entry requirements

Five years (minimum) work/life experience in Training & Development, Education, Child Care or similar.
OR:
Applicants that completed an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate more than two years ago.
PLUS:
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English (or equivalent).

Pathways & credits

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 24 credit points of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

Diploma of Sport Development

Sports Education and Development Australia (SEDA)

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Apply through VTAC

You should apply through VTAC if you:

  • are applying for more than one course
  • are completing Year 12 in 2018
  • have an existing VTAC application to study in 2019

VTAC course code: 4301010871, 4301010873

VTAC timely applications are due 27 September 2018.

Apply via VTAC

Special Entry Access Scheme

We encourage students who would like their life circumstances to be given special consideration during the application process to also submit a VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application.

Apply direct to VU

You should apply direct to VU if you are:

  • only applying for this course; and
  • not completing Year 12

If you have already applied through VTAC you must not apply directly to VU.

Direct applications are due on 17 February 2019 for our next intake which starts on 25 February 2019.

Apply direct to VU

After you apply

  • It’s important to check for emails from us (remember to check your Spam folder).
  • Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered

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