0.5 years part time
Delivery mode: 
In person
Online Self-Paced
Start date:
20 February 2023
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 12 February 2023 for our next intake which starts on 20 February 2023.


Develop your teaching skills for university and other tertiary-education organisations, with the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education at Victoria University.

Designed for teachers and academics in higher and further education, this course will enhance your teaching with modern, innovative strategies. You'll become a more-effective teacher, with new skills to engage and excite your students.

Learning through a combination of theory and practical assignments, you'll have the option of attending workshops to support your required online activities. You'll develop skills with our inquiry-led approach to learning, which encourages you to investigate topics relevant to your own teaching. 

As part of the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education, you'll explore the principles and practices that underpin the successful VU Block Model.

When applying for positions in tertiary education, this qualification will attest to your teaching capabilities, and demonstrate that your teaching knowledge aligns with the Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship.

Victoria University teaching staff are subsidised in their study of this course; with endorsement from their College or School, no tuition or amenities fees will be required.

Following the overwhelming success of the revolutionary VU Block Model with undergraduate students, we rolled out the Block Model to our postgraduate courses.

This course is  now delivered in four-week mode, which means you study one unit (subject) at a time over four weeks, rather than juggling several units at once. And with its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, VU’s Block Model gives you more time to connect with your peers, lecturers and industry partners, helping you to build strong professional networks.

The VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence.

As a postgraduate student you might want to take up one of many opportunities to further develop your academic language and study skills. VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, 24/7 online, 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.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

Careers in tertiary teaching

This course is designed to support the professional learning of educational practitioners.

It will support your application to work in the following areas:

  • universities
  • higher education colleges
  • adult learning
  • community education
  • workplace education
  • tutoring institutions
  • course and subject design organisations.



Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education students will be required to complete 48 credit points of Core Studies.

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of educational theories and practices in tertiary education;  
  2. Plan and design a structured and aligned learning and teaching program to meet the needs of the different student cohorts;  
  3. Use a mix of theoretical knowledge, peer observation, student feedback, student work and self-reflection to critically evaluate a wide range of learning and teaching activities and outcomes;  
  4. Design assessment that identifies and strengthens student learning, provides feedback and informs future planning; and  
  5. Systematically investigate educational practice and/or contextual issue and report on findings, recommendations and implications for practice.  

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.


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 for this course: Full-fee

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent).
Applicants with a minimum five (5) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.

Applicants are expected to have recent or current teaching experience in a tertiary institution.
Relevant work experience must be supported by documentary evidence and includes, but is not limited to: Tertiary Education; Adult Education; Educational/Learning Design and Development; Vocational Education and Training; and Workplace Training.

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.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

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 chair or academic adviser.

How to apply

Available start dates:

  • 20 February 2023

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.

Find out more about applying for our courses.

Apply direct to VU

Direct applications are due on 12 February 2023 for our next intake which starts on 20 February 2023.

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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