ATAR:
Not required*
*Offers made in 2019. More about ATAR
Duration: 
1 year full time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face
Start date:
24 February 2020
Application due dates:

Overview

Achieve your dream of becoming a teacher – even if you missed selection for the Bachelor of Education. This education course prepares you to enter the second year of a teaching degree.

This program has been designed for students who didn’t meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Education through the VTAC (or direct) selection process.

We help you build the literacy and numeracy skills needed for a career in education, over a longer 16-week semester.  

Successful completion earns you a place in the second year of the Bachelor of Education (P-12), where you’ll learn to teach all age groups – from prep to Year 12. For the degree program, you’ll choose a specialist teaching area in:

  • art, music, digital media or media studies
  • outdoor or physical education (secondary)
  • psychology, student welfare
  • disability studies in education
  • health or food technology
  • English literacy studies
  • environmental science
  • mathematics
  • humanities
  • biology.

If you continue to the Bachelor of Education (P-12), you’ll be job-ready before you graduate – thanks to your extensive experience teaching in a classroom. You’ll be ready to work locally or overseas in a profession with increasing demand around the world.

Our teaching degrees offer exciting opportunities for professional experience through work placements, including:

  • teaching in rural/remote locations
  • overseas study tours in Malaysia, China, Timor Leste and more
  • sports, literacy and leadership programs with sporting organisations including the Western Bulldogs
  • mentoring school students in university-ready skills
  • creative art projects.

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 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 for all students.

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Build essential literacy and numeracy skills for a career in education, and prepare to enter the second year of a teaching degree.

Careers in education

This course may help you find work as a teacher aide, supporting teachers in their work.

Once you’ve completed the Bachelor of Education (P-12), you could find a rewarding career in a public or private primary or secondary school.

Demand for teachers in Melbourne’s west is high – and set to continue rising. The Department of Planning and Community Development figures predict greater than 40 per cent increase in births in the region in the next five years.

These are average salaries across the teaching professions:

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degrees and in some cases receive credit for your study:

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

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

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

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

Find out more about our study pathways to VU

Course structure

To attain the Diploma of Education Studies students will be required to complete:

  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of Core studies

Year 1, Semester 1

Select 12 credit point unit from the following:

Year 1, Semester 2

Select alternate 12 credit point unit from the following:

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

  1. Appraise a broad and coherent body of knowledge of pedagogy, curriculum and assessment in relation to the changing nature of education in a rapidly-evolving global context;  
  2. Apply knowledge of educational issues to improve classroom practice in primary and secondary classrooms;  
  3. Discuss of a range of learning theories and identify how they enhance student learning in primary and secondary classrooms;  
  4. Develop students' capabilities and capacity in literacy and numeracy that enhance communication for academic contexts, including in the use of Information and Communication Technologies;  
  5. Foster creative skills and thought processes so as to prepare to confront and pro-actively solve 21st Century challenges;  
  6. Develop contextual understandings of contemporary life in a global community, and collaborate with colleagues to promote principles of peace, sustainability, ethical conduct, and political and economic freedom;  
  7. Articulate and contrast ideologies of education and review the concepts of inclusion, equity and access for socially just education;  
  8. Investigate the changing nature of society to prepare for the development of educational policies, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment processes relevant to students' needs.  

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)

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's admission requirements for all applicants, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

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

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Admission criteria

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

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

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.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

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.

Admission criteria

Certificate IV in Liberal Arts (or equivalent).
OR
Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (or equivalent).

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with higher education study

This information is for people whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course.

Admission criteria

Find out if you meet the admission criteria for a bachelor degree at VU.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with work & life experience

This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than two years ago and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

Admission criteria

Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Additional information

International students from non-English speaking countries are required to demonstrate a minimum IELTS of 6.0 overall (with no score below 6.0 in any of the four skills areas on entry to the program.

Students will require a Working with Children Check to be eligible to undertake and participate in workplace visits, placements or projects. Use the following site link to obtain additional information:
http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

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 24 credit points of study.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

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 2019
  • have an existing VTAC application to study in 2020.

VTAC course code: 4301743281, 4300843281

VTAC timely applications are due 30 September 2019.

Apply via VTAC

Special Entry Access Scheme

You can apply for consideration of your life circumstances during the application process by submitting 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 16 February 2020 for our next intake which starts on 24 February 2020.

Apply direct to VU

Already a VU student?

If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

After you apply

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  • Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered

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