We are offering fast-tracked Higher Education (HE) certificate courses online, subsidised by the COVID-19 Higher Education Relief Package.

This means you can study selected courses online, faster, and with heavily-subsidised fees.

The package will support workers displaced by the COVID-19 crisis to upskill or retrain with only six months of study. It will reduce the cost of studying these fast-tracked, online courses and provide exemptions from loan fees under FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans.

We are pleased to participate in this scheme and are currently offering three HE certificate courses under the HE Relief Package:

This relief package was announced in April 2020, by the Hon Dan Tehan MP, the Minister for Education and Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.

Contact us

More information will be posted on Course Seeker and on this page as it becomes available. You can also contact the Course Seeker Student Enquiry line on 1800 020 108.

About the courses

Eligibility

This scheme is available to new domestic students only. It doesn’t apply to international students or to existing students. You must hold an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline. Other university admissions requirements still apply.

Study duration & mode

Full time for one semester, online.

You cannot study these courses on campus. If you wish to study on campus (once this is allowed, after the current restrictions have been lifted) you are not eligible for these courses - you can search for other VU courses.

Start date

27 July 2020 - in line with Semester 2.

Cost (if completed in one semester)

  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching (Primary Education or Secondary Education): $1,250
  • Graduate Certificate in Planetary Health: $2,500 

Fees & subsidies

These subsidised student fees reflect the financial hardship faced by students who are affected by the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, and who are looking to upskill or retrain. This subsidised cost only applies in 2020. If you do not complete the four units by 1 December 2020, subsequent units will be charged at the current standard rates. Learn more about fees.

Qualification

At the completion of the course, you will receive an award certificate.

Becoming a teacher (teaching courses only)

The graduate certificates in teaching (primary and secondary education) do not qualify you to become a teacher, but they are a starting point. 

If you continue on to the respective masters qualifications (subject to meeting admission requirements), you will receive credit for the units studied in the graduate certificate. 

Upon completion of the relevant masters qualification, Master of Teaching (Primary Education) and Master of Teaching (Secondary Education), you will be qualified to be accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching and to teach.

Graduate Certificate in Teaching (Primary Education)

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

Course title & code

Graduate Certificate in Teaching (Primary Education) - ETPE

Units

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) credit 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. 

Graduate Certificate in Teaching (Secondary Education)

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.

Course title & code

Graduate Certificate in Teaching (Secondary Education) - ETSE

Units

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) credit 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. 

Graduate Certificate in Planetary Health

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. It is ideal for those looking for a new career direction.

(This course is also available to continuing students.)

Course title & code

Graduate Certificate in Planetary Health – VTPH

Units

The Graduate Certificate in Planetary Health is made up of four units of four weeks each, offered sequentially over four months in Block Model. Students will be able to graduate in December.

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.