Intakes: 

2019: February and July

Duration: 
3 years
Location: 
Fees: 

2019: A$11,900*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.

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.

Course location

  • If you are a domestic student, you can choose to study at the Werribee Campus for your first year only. After that, you will complete your course at the Footscray Park Campus.
  • International students study all years of this course at our Footscray Park Campus.

At VU, we offer alternative paths to education career qualifications. 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.

This course shares a common first year with the Bachelor of Education. If you successfully complete the first year and meet the skills benchmarks, LANTITE and non-academic attributes assessment, you may apply to transfer into the second year of the school-teaching course Bachelor of Education (P-12).

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.

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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

24 credit points of Minor Studies

24 credit points of Major Studies

Year 3

24 credit points of Minor Studies

72 credit points of Major Studies

Majors

Minors

We are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, where you study one unit at a time rather than juggling several at once.

Introduced in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and achievements, and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Initially for first-year students, it now applies to all students studying at our Melbourne campuses.

You'll study in short bursts, called blocks, of three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week.

Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and is only four weeks long, with up to four days between. Our two semesters have four blocks each, and there are optional blocks over winter and summer where you can catch up on a missed unit.

Some courses have labs and pracs too, and these are generally scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. There are also workshops where you'll develop your study skills and prepare for your future career.

Find out more about the VU Block Model.

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.

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.

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 (or equivalent).
PLUS:
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score or 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
OR:
Completion of a Foundation course or equivalent.

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

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 guaranteed entry only.

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

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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If you have questions about your application, you can:

Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this course information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that course information is current with the Student Contact Centre.