Diploma of Education Studies

VU course code: EDES | CRICOS: 074359A | Level of study: Undergraduate
1 year full time
In person, Online Real Time
Footscray Nicholson, Online Real Time
29 July 2024
21 July 2024
 Education student smiles to camera as she sits at table with craft materials, whilst other students mill in the background


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 teaching 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.

This Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) accredited education pathway course will help you build the skills needed for a career in education.

Progress to a bachelor degree

Successful completion earns you a place in the second year in one of these specialised courses:

After completing additional requirements, you will also be eligible for:

Find out more about education pathways.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your educational achievements and work experience, as well as your skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

ATAR requirements

No minimum ATAR required

This course does not have a minimum ATAR requirement for entry. Read the entry criteria for this course below.

Why ATAR is not applicable

You do not need an ATAR score to apply for this course. Instead, you need to have successfully completed secondary school and to meet any requirements outlined below. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their ATAR, age, education or socioeconomic background.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Fees & Scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is subsidised by the government, reducing it to the amount listed here. Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens will qualify for a CSP place. If your course is not Commonwealth supported, or you don't qualify, you'll pay full fees.

Learn more about Commonwealth Supported Places

10% discount for alumni

If you’ve previously completed a qualification with us, and you’re paying full fees for this course, you may be eligible for a 10% discount.

Find out how




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%  increase in births in the region in the next five years.

Salaries & job growth

Find salaries, employment predictions and more across the teaching professions:


This course is approved as a pathway program by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), the independent statutory authority for the teaching profession.

It is a legal requirement for all teachers to be registered with VIT in order to be employed in a school or early childhood education and care service or Victorian children’s service.


VU Stories

Eman Abdulahamid
How Eman’s teaching dreams are becoming a reality
Diploma of Education Studies, Bachelor of Education Studies
"So often I've started a new block full of nerves, only to be blown away by the hospitality, respect, and understanding of my teachers."
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