Get started on your career in the health industry, with the Undergraduate Certificate in Health Science from Victoria University.
This course gives you a recognised qualification within six months – providing a fast track towards a new career.
You’ll graduate with foundational knowledge of the Australian healthcare system and the context within which the system functions. In particular, you’ll be able to:
- source information, understand it and communicate it in a culturally respectful and sensitive manner
- communicate basic health science evidence in a variety of formats
- explain the basic principles and concepts that underpin public health and wellness issues in Australia
- discuss the basic workings of the Australian healthcare system.
If you decide to keep studying to aim for higher roles, you may progress to the Bachelor of Health Science.
Undergraduate certificates are a recent addition to our courses, and let you graduate with a recognised qualification in as little as half a year.
Take advantage of the new certificates to begin an entry-level career sooner, or to take your first step towards further study and a bachelor degree.
This course will be delivered in VU's Block Model, which means you study one unit (subject) at a time over four weeks, rather than juggling several units at once.
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.
Graduates from our Undergraduate Certificate in Health Science can progress to our Bachelor of Health Science and on to higher qualifications in health sciences or public health.
We offer varied and exciting research opportunities. Benefit from our excellent research centres and state-of-the-art facilities. Our collaborations with health institutes, other universities and community organisations give you fantastic real-world experience.
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, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
Careers in health science
Graduates of this course can pursue careers in public health, health organisations and education, in places such as:
- international organisations such as the UN, WHO, UNICEF, ACSM
- not-for-profit organisations
- academic and research institutions.
To aim for a higher role, you can continue studying towards your bachelor degree.
To attain the Undergraduate Certificate in Health Science students will be required to complete:
- 48 credit points Core units
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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.||Display foundational knowledge of culturally safe communication and respect in the context of healthcare;|
|2.||Communicate basic health science evidence in a variety of formats;|
|3.||Explain the basic principles and concepts that underpin public health and wellness issues in Australia; and|
|4.||Discuss at a foundational level, the workings of the Australian healthcare system.|
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: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
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:
- Commonwealth supported place pay tuition fees that are partly subsidised by the Australian government
- full fee-paying place need to pay the full amount for all enrolled units before census each study period.
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.
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.
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.
- Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
- an Australian or overseas equivalent or
- an International Baccalaureate (IB).
Importance of ATAR for this course
We consider both ATAR and other criteria
ATAR is not a consideration. We use other 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.
This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
Completion of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (or equivalent).
This information is for people whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course.
Full or partial completion of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent).
Completion of a single unit of Higher Education studies.
Completion of a bridging or enabling course eg. Foundation course or equivalent.
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.
Five years (minimum) work/life experience in Health Sciences or similar.
Applicants that completed an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate more than two years ago.
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English (or equivalent).
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.
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:
- 1 August 2022
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 24 July 2022 for our next intake which starts on 1 August 2022.
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
- It’s important to check for emails from us (which may go to your spam/junk folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered