Develop foundation knowledge of the Information Technology (IT) industry with VU's Undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology.
You'll gain coherent theoretical and technical skills that will help you attain an entry-level position in the growing IT industry. Your qualification will have applications across a range of industry contexts, including:
- web development
- information and communication technology (ICT) management
- network administration.
On completion of this course, you may be able to further enhance your career prospects by continuing study with our Bachelor of Information Technology.
Undergraduate certificates are a recent addition to our courses. They 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.
Our range of up-to-date technologies will prepare you for future professional practice. You'll have access to extensive computing and networking resources including:
- a full set of Cisco routers and switches
- virtualisation (Hyper-V) infrastructure
- Amazon cloud servers
- mobile labs
- graphics and video authoring tools
- software development kits
- latest software packages including net and Java integrated development environment.
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 Information Technology
Australia's information and communications technology (ICT) industry is a dynamic and rapidly growing market. Employment opportunities in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are expected to grow significantly in the next decade.
Graduates from the Undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology would be prepared for junior roles in:
- web development
- computing & network support
- networking & systems administration
- information management in sectors including government, banking & finance, retail, and manufacturing.
On completion of this course, take your IT career further by continuing study towards the Bachelor of Information Technology.
To attain the Undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology students will be required to complete:
- 48 credit points Core units
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.||Apply a foundation and coherent body of knowledge of information technologies in areas of study from web development, programming, information management, and networking;|
|2.||Use the latest information technologies to identify and solve real-world problems in a broad range of sectors including ICT, government, banking and finance, retail, education, health, media and manufacturing;|
|3.||Develop a range of basic interpersonal skills and capacity to perform basic IT design and development practice in an independent or collaborative environment; and|
|4.||Present foundation and practical skills to undertake further professional development for industry certifications from large reputable vendors both locally and overseas, such as Amazon, CISCO or Microsoft.|
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 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.
A study score of at least 20 in Mathematics (any).
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 two units of Higher Education studies, at least one must be in Mathematics.
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 Information Technology or similar.
Completion of 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).
A study score of at least 20 in Mathematics (any) (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.