There's never been a better time to study, with fees heavily subsidised and HECS-HELP loans available for select postgraduate certificates in 2021 only, and a range of new undergraduate certificates on offer that let you qualify within six months. This is thanks to the Federal Government's initiative to support Australians affected by COVID-19, as part of its Job-ready Graduates Package.

Enhance your expertise, skills and employability in 2021 with our range of future-focused higher education (HE) short courses.

In just six months (full time), you'll gain a qualification that could refocus – or reinvent – your career. These graduate and undergraduate certificates can also provide credit towards further studies including master and bachelor degrees. Most classes are also conveniently delivered remotely (online).

Why study a VU HE short course in 2021?

Expand your potential

Reskill, upskill or specialise.

One semester duration

Study full time and get your qualification in six months.

Affordability

Government subsidies in 2021 and HECS-HELP student loans available.

Multiple intakes

February, May and July intake options available. See course info for enrolment dates.

Blended delivery

A mix of remote delivery (online) and on-campus delivery.

Award-winning VU Block Model

Courses are delivered via the VU Block Model in four and eight-week blocks.

Find your course

Find your area of interest on this page, and apply for a subsidised course in 2021!

Course essentials

Fees

Postgraduate study is ordinarily charged full fees, without access to government loan schemes. For 2021 only, the postgraduate courses listed here are government-subsidised for eligible students – a significant saving. Undergraduate certificates are also government-subsidised for eligible students.

These Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are a response to the financial hardship faced by people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, and who are looking to upskill or retrain in 2021. After 2021, further study for incomplete units will be charged at the current standard rates.

Download the  2021 HE short courses course tuition fee rates (amounts are indicative and may vary depending on units you enrol into).

Loans are also available, so you can study now, pay later through tax. Eligible students enrolled in a CSP may be able to get help paying their student contribution through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Learn more about course tuition fees

Eligibility

  • This scheme is available to domestic students only (not to international students).
  • To study the graduate certificates, you must hold an Australian Bachelor degree in any discipline (or demonstrate equivalent, relevant work experience).
  • For both undergraduate and graduate certificates, standard VU admission requirements still apply. See the relevant course for more details.

Study duration & mode

The majority of these courses will be offered over four units via VU’s award-winning Block Model – one unit at a time over four weeks, across one semester (less than six months). This means that rather than juggling multiple units, you focus on each unit before moving on to the next.

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.

Classes are delivered predominantly via remote delivery (online).

Start & completion dates

  • February, May or July for most undergraduate certificates.
  • February or July for most graduate certificates.
  • You must complete your HE short course before the end of 2021.

Qualification & pathways

At the completion of your course, you will receive an award certificate. You also have the option to progress (pathway) to a higher qualification with credits towards further studies, reducing your course duration by six months. Each unit you undertake equates to 12 credit points (some units are 24 points). This means:

  • with all undergraduate certificates you can progress into a bachelor degree with 48 credit points
  • with most postgraduate certificates you can progress into a graduate diploma or masters degree with 48 credit points.

Making studies more affordable

In 2021, the Federal Government is subsidising select certificate award courses for domestic students, making them significantly more affordable.

They're also offering the HECS-HELP loan scheme – so you can study now, pay later through your tax.

So, what are you waiting for? Apply for a higher education certificate and boost your CV in 2021!

Arts & humanities courses

Planetary health addresses the relationship between the health of the planet and health of communities, understanding that each profoundly impacts the other.

Drawing on a range of disciplines, this course focuses on finding local solutions while sharing learning with communities around the world.

You'll learn how to design and apply innovative responses to issues in your workplace and community, to create healthier, fairer, more sustainable environments. This course is ideal if you're looking for a new career direction.

(This course is also available to continuing students.)

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

Units

The Graduate Certificate in Planetary Health is made up of four units of four weeks each, offered sequentially over one semester in Block Model.

Course start dates

August

Pathway to masters degree

If you wish to pursue further study after successfully completing this course, we recommend applying for one of these higher qualifications:

Need more info?

Watch our free Grad Cert in Planetary Health webinar and hear from academics and researchers with expertise in the field of planetary health.

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Planetary Health, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Journalist Nick Gibbs completed the Graduate Certificate in Planetary Health to inform his work with the latest expertise.

Business courses

Become an innovative thinker, ready to help your organisation adapt to the modern world or start your own business. You'll develop and apply high-level investigative, negotiation and problem-solving skills with this undergraduate certificate.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

Units

Course start dates

August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurial Mindset, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Build on your professional experience with our specialised Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics. We are one of the world's leading institutions in ERP systems (SAP) education, as recognised by industry, SAP and academia.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

This course is delivered in eight-week mode, as part of the VU Block Model for postgraduate courses. This means you study two units (subjects) at a time over eight weeks (or one unit at a time over eight weeks for part-time study), rather than juggling several units at once.

Units

Course start dates

May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Get job-ready for a career in SAP solutions, with our world-leading graduate program in ERP systems. We offer hands-on experience and 24-hour online access to SAP.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

This course is delivered in eight-week mode, as part of the VU Block Model for postgraduate courses. This means you study two units (subjects) at a time over eight weeks (or one unit at a time over eight weeks for part-time study), rather than juggling several units at once.

Units

Course start dates

February, May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Enterprise and Resource Planning Systems, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Advance your career in the fields of transport, logistics and supply chain management.

This graduate certificate will expand your transport-systems–related knowledge and skills, helping you prepare for further postgraduate study or a leadership position in the field.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

Units

Course start dates

February, August

Pathway to further study

The graduate certificate provides an admissions pathway into the Master of Supply Chain Management.

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Transport Systems, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Watch: Why you should study the entrepreneurial mindset at VU

Computers & IT courses

Get started on your career in business, with the Undergraduate Certificate in Digital Business Skills from Victoria University. The course combines a range of units in business and technology that serve as a foundation for digital business skills, with a particular focus on accounting and spreadsheet technologies.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

Units

Course start dates

February, May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Digital Business Skills and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Develop foundational 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.

Delivery mode

On campus, in-person classes.

Units

Course start dates

February, May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Kick-start your career in web development with our Undergraduate Certificate in Web Development and Programming. This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed for development of modern websites and connecting them to backend servers located in the cloud.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

Units

Course start dates

February, May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Web Development and Programming, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Transform the future of work with a Graduate Certificate in Artificial Intelligence from Victoria University – it will provide you with a solid foundation of AI technologies and skills for application development.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

This course is delivered in eight-week mode, as part of the VU Block Model for postgraduate courses. This means you study two units (subjects) at a time over eight weeks (or one unit at a time over eight weeks for part-time study), rather than juggling several units at once.

Units

Please note units are subject to change.

Course start dates

May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Artificial Intelligence, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Build on your prior grounding in information technology with skills and knowledge in the practice of cyber security.

This course content covers the essential areas of cyber security, from proactive cyber threat detection and risk management to cyber law and regulations.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

This course is delivered in eight-week mode, as part of the VU Block Model for postgraduate courses. This means you study two units (subjects) at a time over eight weeks (or one unit at a time over eight weeks for part-time study), rather than juggling several units at once.

Units

Please note units are subject to change.

Course start dates

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Prepare for a rewarding role managing IT projects, or learn new skills for your current project-management position. On successful completion of this course, students will have skills and knowledge to work constructively in IT project management teams.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

This course is delivered in eight-week mode, as part of the VU Block Model for postgraduate courses. This means you study two units (subjects) at a time over eight weeks (or one unit at a time over eight weeks for part-time study), rather than juggling several units at once.

Units

Course start date

February, May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Project Management, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Anusha Vennemaneni is an IT professional, and superhero behind the screen studying the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security.

Education courses

Gain specialised knowledge for teaching young children. Covering essential aspects of early-childhood education – such as learning theory and national frameworks – the certificate provides professional-development opportunities, and a stepping stone to a bachelor qualification.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

Units

Course start dates

May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Make an informed assessment about education as a career, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, with the Undergraduate Certificate in Education (P–12) from Victoria University.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

Units

Course start dates

February, May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Education (P12) – STEM, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Start a rewarding career with the Undergraduate Certificate in Education Studies from Victoria University. Education doesn't only happen in schools. This course will introduce you to key parts of education and curriculum knowledge in education settings that include: community education, local government, and not-for-profit organisations.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

Units

Please note units are subject to change.

Course start dates

February, May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Education Studies, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Specialise in physical education for children to upskill or launch your dream career, with an Undergraduate Certificate in Primary Physical Education from Victoria University. You’ll  graduate with  a  strong understanding of the activities and concepts needed to develop movement skills in others, particularly for primary-school students. 

Delivery mode

On campus, in-person classes.

Units

Course start dates

February, May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Primary Physical Education, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Learn skills that complement your passions for sport and coaching, with the Undergraduate Certificate in Secondary Physical Education from Victoria University. You’ll graduate with a strong understanding of physical activities and concepts needed to develop movement skills in others, particularly for secondary-school students.

Delivery mode

On campus, in-person classes.

Units

Course start dates

February, May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Secondary Physical Education, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Gain in-demand skills in digital-learning design and development. Our career-focused course will teach you to create effective online learning activities and content. You'll learn the production processes of digital instruction design and development, graduating ready to work in this ever-expanding field.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

Units

Course start dates

May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Digital Learning and Teaching, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Gain the foundational skills and knowledge to progress in the field of early childhood. This course introduces key ideas about the practice of teaching young children from birth to five years old in early childhood education settings.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

Units

Course start dates

February, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

This course provides you with foundational knowledge of teaching in secondary education, including core skills in literacy and numeracy, positive education and epistemologies of practice.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

Units

Please note units are subject to change.

Course start dates

February, May, August

Pathway to teaching

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching (Secondary Education) is not a teaching qualification but it is a pathway to get there.

You may be eligible to continue on to the Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) with 48 credit points towards the masters qualification for successfully completed units.

Note: Admission requirements for entry to the Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) must still be satisfied.

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Teaching (Secondary Education), and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Gain an advanced knowledge of learning and teaching applicable to the education sector, community, government and industry.

This certificate is the first step in our graduate program in education. It is tailored to trainers and teachers in education, community, government and industry.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

Units

Course start dates

February, May, August

Pathway to further study

Our graduate program in education is offered in three stages. Successful completion of this graduate certificate gains you admission to the Graduate Diploma of Education, which leads into the Master of Education.

This course does not provide registration to teach in Australia.

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Education, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

This course provides you with foundational knowledge of teaching in primary education, including core skills in literacy, numeracy, science, and approaches to teaching and learning.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

Units

Please note units are subject to change.

Course start dates

February, May, August

Pathway to teaching

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching (Primary Education) is not a teaching qualification but it is a pathway to get there.

You may be eligible to continue on to the Master of Teaching (Primary Education) with 48 credit points towards the masters qualification for successfully completed units.

Note: Admission requirements for entry to the Master of Teaching (Primary Education) must still be satisfied.

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Teaching (Primary Education), and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

25% discount

If you're a domestic student starting with us in semester 2, 2021, you'll get a further 25% off these education courses:

The course units comprise the first part of bachelor or masters degrees – so, as well as graduating with a certificate, you'll have completed the first part of a higher qualification.

Engineering & science courses

Launch a creative career in building design with the Undergraduate Certificate in Architectural Design from Victoria University. You’ll gain a strong foundation in architectural design, architectural history and theory, building design documentation and building construction.

Delivery mode

On campus, in-person classes.

Units

Course start dates

February, May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Architectural Design, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Kick start your career, with the Undergraduate Certificate in Building Construction Management from Victoria University. You’ll graduate with an understanding of building construction industry practices, processes and professional requirements, as well as advanced construction management knowledge.

Delivery mode

On campus, in-person classes.

Units

Course start dates

February, May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Building Construction Management, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Develop in-demand skills with the Undergraduate Certificate in Engineering Fundamentals from Victoria University. You’ll graduate with a solid foundation in engineering concepts and the underlying skills.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

Units

Please note units are subject to change.

Course start dates

February, May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Engineering Fundamentals , and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Fuel your interest in modern biology and ecology, with the Undergraduate Certificate in Science and the Environment from Victoria University. You’ll graduate with a strong understanding of biological and ecological systems, human interactions with the environment and the outcomes for planetary health.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

Units

Course start dates

February, May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Science and the Environment, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Develop your industry skills in building surveying and prepare for success. You can benefit from the in-demand expertise in building regulations, construction compliance and inspection processes with a Graduate Certificate in Building Surveying from Victoria University.

Delivery mode

On campus, in-person classes.

This course is delivered in eight-week mode, as part of the VU Block Model for postgraduate courses. This means you study two units (subjects) at a time over eight weeks (or one unit at a time over eight weeks for part-time study), rather than juggling several units at once.

Units

Course start dates

February, May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Building Surveying, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Learn the fundamentals of project management for the construction industry, and prepare for an in-demand career, with the Graduate Certificate in Construction Project Management at Victoria University.

This certificate is designed to meet the needs of current or potential project managers in the construction industry, teaching advanced principles and techniques.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

This course is delivered in eight-week mode, as part of the VU Block Model for postgraduate courses. This means you study two units (subjects) at a time over eight weeks (or one unit at a time over eight weeks for part-time study), rather than juggling several units at once.

Units

Course start dates

May

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Construction Project Management, and apply to study (when open) or submit an enquiry.

Advance your skills and knowledge to succeed in the power engineering industry. You will graduate ready to work in different engineering areas, such as smart-grid design, electricity supply work and communications infrastructure.

Delivery mode

On campus, in-person classes.

Units

Course start dates

February, May, August

Delivery mode

This course is delivered in eight-week mode, as part of the VU Block Model for postgraduate courses. This means you study two units (subjects) at a time over eight weeks (or one unit at a time over eight weeks for part-time study), rather than juggling several units at once.

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Power Engineering, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Jasmine Proud studied engineering as a bachelor, then completed her masters at VU. She's now undertaking her PhD at VU.

Health & biomedicine courses

Aim for a career promoting good nutrition and healthy living. You’ll gain foundational knowledge of:

  • human physiology
  • current evidence-based guidelines for a healthy diet in Australia
  • the role and function of nutrients in the body
  • diet in the prevention of disease
  • how exercise impacts on people's nutritional requirements.

Delivery mode

On campus, in-person classes.

Units

Course start dates

May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Diet and Health, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Get started on your career in the health industry, with the Undergraduate Certificate in Health Science from Victoria University. You’ll graduate with foundational knowledge of the Australian healthcare system and the context within which the system functions.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

Units

Course start dates

February, May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Health Science, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Develop your skills in interpersonal communication and problem solving, counselling and organisational psychology, and organisational processes.

Delivery mode

On campus, in-person classes.

Units

Course start dates

May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Interpersonal and Organisational Skills, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Gain valuable expertise in safely operating light-based devices for dermal therapy. A laser-safety certificate is required to use laser and other light-based devices in a beauty salon or clinical setting. This course will help you gain this knowledge and keep it up to date, with a recognised qualification within six months.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

Units

Course start dates

May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Laser Safety, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Launch your career, with the Undergraduate Certificate in Psychological Studies from Victoria University. In this course you will develop foundational understanding of key psychological areas, such as: memory, language and cognition, personality, health, stress, and social psychology.

Delivery mode

On campus, in-person classes.

Units

Course start dates

February, May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Psychological Studies, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Sport & exercise courses

Gain foundational knowledge of sport and exercise science with an Undergraduate Certificate in Sport Science from Victoria University. This course will help you to begin a career in sport participation and performance, informed by a range of sport-science knowledge.

Delivery mode

On campus, in-person classes.

Units

Course start dates

February, May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Sport Science, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Gain a formal qualification in data science with a unique sports context with a Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics for Sport Performance at Victoria University.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

Units

Course start dates

February, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics for Sport Performance, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Gain the foundational skills and knowledge to succeed in the global sport industry. This course prepares you for a career in sport coaching or management.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

Units

Course start dates

February, May, August

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise Science, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

William Haines’ postgraduate studies gave him invaluable networks to help him enter his dream job with the AFL.

Research courses

Launch a career in research or prepare for a research degree. You'll gain an essential understanding of the research process. While studying, you will make invaluable connections with other research students and staff from diverse backgrounds – establishing a support network for your future.

Delivery mode

Online classes, in real time.

This course is delivered in standard mode, in the current course teaching periods (i.e. multiple units at the same time over the semester, as per the course structure), rather than in block mode.

Units

Course start dates

February, July

Apply or enquire

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Research Skills, and apply to study or submit an enquiry.

Apply or enquire

You can apply for or enquire about any of our Higher Education short courses on the relevant course page, which you can access via the links in the sections above.

For further information: