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

The VU Block Model (formerly the 'First Year Model') was introduced in 2018 for first-year students and was extended beyond first year in 2019. It will be implemented across all VU's vocational and higher educations by 2022.

In the model, students complete one unit at a time, over three to four weeks, then move to the next. Each unit has three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week, delivered in small classes rather than large lecture halls. Assessments are completed within each four-week block.

All students take part in complementary activities that build academic skills such as essay research and writing, maths and science techniques. Workshops also focus on employability and job-search skills.

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.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Dawkins AO teaches a class in block mode.