1 year full time or longer for part time
Online Self-Paced
Delivery mode: 
Online Self-Paced
Start date:
19 February 2024
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 11 February 2024 for our next intake which starts on 19 February 2024.


Learn to deliver tertiary courses through an effective modern method with the Graduate Diploma in Block Teaching at Victoria University.

Block teaching is an approach to teaching and learning where students complete one unit at a time over a period of 4 weeks before beginning a new unit. There are no lectures in this model, and classes are typically small and highly engaging.

This postgraduate teaching diploma is designed for educators at schools, universities, TAFE, and other tertiary institutions. By undertaking this course in a high-engagement and immersive model of instruction, you will extend your skillset and career options.

During your study, you will discover a range of practical approaches to learning, teaching and assessment in the successful VU Block Model and other block modes around the world. You will gain essential high-engagement teaching techniques and curriculum-design understanding for both in-person and online course delivery using these methods.

Learning in workshops and through carefully curated online self-paced activities, you will explore many approaches to this pioneering tertiary education model. You will develop and enhance your teaching skills in context, via a strong inquiry-led approach.

Successfully completing the Graduate Diploma in Block Teaching will demonstrate your teaching-related capabilities when applying for positions, in alignment with the Advance (HEA) Fellowship.

We also offer a Graduate Certificate in Block Teaching, that lets you progress into the diploma with credit points.

We are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, which builds a degree program from units studied in sequential blocks, across all undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

In the model, students complete one unit at a time, then move to the next. The block is characterised by three half-day teaching sessions per week, delivered in small classes rather than large lecture halls. Assessments are completed within each block.

All students take part in complementary activities, which reflect their needs according to year level.

So far, the VU Block Model has delivered exceptional results, with pass rates and academic achievements such as high distinctions up across the board. The model has won awards for innovation and excellence.

Teachers and lecturers at Victoria University are uniquely qualified to address this subject, with deep understanding of intensive teaching methods built on practical experience and scholarly research.

We apply this expertise to the curriculum, delivering a useful, targeted and practical course that puts into practice the techniques covered in the theory. This gives you a direct demonstration of the block model in action, and ensures that you graduate with relevant, applicable knowledge and teaching techniques.

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The Graduate Diploma in Block Teaching is designed to enhance your teaching practice and open new career opportunities for those working in tertiary education. It is designed to support:

  • university lecturers
  • tertiary tutors
  • TAFE and vocational teachers
  • professionals in adult education.

The teaching diploma is also recommended for professional university staff who would like to better understand the complexities of block and intensive teaching, and improve high-engagement teaching activities.

Course structure

To attain the Graduate Diploma in Block Teaching, students will be required to complete 96 credit points consisting of:
       48 credit points of core studies        48 credit points of elective units


48 credit points from the approved Elective list:

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

  1. Critically analyse a range of theoretical educational literature to develop an understanding of best practice in tertiary education;  
  2. Interpret current practice in tertiary education and its application to block and intensive modes of teaching in order to create transformative learning experiences;  
  3. Interrogate pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning using student feedback, student work, peer review and current literature to evaluate and lead continuous improvement and innovation in block teaching and learning practice;  
  4. Design and implement a range of assessment strategies to support student success that are informed by current educational theory, relevant pedagogical literature and research into how students learn;  
  5. Initiate, plan, implement and evaluate a range of high engagement teaching strategies to optimise student engagement within block and intensive modes of teaching;  
  6. Generate structured and scaffolded learning environments that are conducive to block delivery; developed and designed to meet the needs of diverse student cohorts.  

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.

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Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in the same discipline
Applicants with a minimum three (3) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.

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:

  • 19 February 2024

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.

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Direct applications are due on 11 February 2024 for our next intake which starts on 19 February 2024.

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