Programs for school students & teachers

We offer a broad range of engaging and informative programs for students throughout the year, as well as professional development opportunities for teachers.

In 'Programs for school students & teachers':

Portfolio Partnership Program

The Portfolio Partnership Program (PPP) is offered to Year 12 students in VU partnership schools. This can be a great opportunity for your students to gain a place at VU as the program assesses applications based on the student's goals, achievements and community involvement, not just their ATAR.

Early Uni Pathways program

Through our Early Uni Pathways program, we work collaboratively with partner schools in Melbourne’s West to introduce students to university study while they’re still at school.

The programs for Year 11 (Uni-Link) and Year 12 (Uni-Study) students help propel them into tertiary life, providing greater understanding of university and their options for the future.

Find out more about our Early Uni Pathways program.

Be You at VU

Our Be You at VU program is a fun-filled experience for current year 10 and 11 classes and groups. Held at one of our campuses, it gives students the opportunity to experience a little of university life and see some of their future study and career options.

Register a class or group to do one of the following great programs.

Learn, Experience, Access Professions (LEAP)

The LEAP program aims to demystify the links between school, university and professions.

Students who had not considered studying at university get the opportunity to experience university life through various workshops and activities run by our academic colleges.

Visit the LEAP web portal to register your students for various workshops and activities in the:

Practical workshops for students

VCE Chemistry

Our hands-on chemistry practicals allow VCE students to explore the use of modern instrumentation for chemical analysis and molecular structure determination.

Students prepare samples for analysis and use instruments to arrive at a conclusion by conducting the necessary calibration and calculation activities.

You may choose two of the techniques listed below for your students to undertake the chemical analysis.

  • Liquid and gas chromatography
  • IR and UV/Vis spectrophotometry
  • Atomic absorption spectrophotometry.

When: 2017 dates TBC.

VCE Biology (Unit 4)

Using our state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, students complete practical exercises related to topics covered in VCE Unit 4 Biology.

The practical activity provides students with experience in the field of gene technology. Students will be able to carry out an experiment involving the manipulation of the genetic material, DNA. Students will be introduced to the concept of cloning a piece of DNA in a bacterial cell using restriction enzymes and a plasmid vector. This activity will be followed by agarose gel electrophoresis to estimate the approximate size of DNA fragments.

When: 2017 dates TBC.

Engineering

In our hands-on engineering workshops, students design and construct structures that withstand tsunamis or earthquakes, shock absorbing landing pads and wind turbines.

The interactive activities focus on skills such as using measurement and design skills to prepare creative prototypes for their experiments. Activities are suitable for students from Year 9 and above, with schools able to select the activity in which they want their students to participate.

When: 2017 dates TBC.

Legal studies

The Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot Competition is a fascinating opportunity for students interested in legal studies to experience a simulation of live court room proceedings at our City Queen Campus.

Students are invited to attend as observers or volunteers.

Professional development opportunities for teachers

Chemistry

Get hands-on experience in using modern spectroscopy and chromatography instrumentation with our two-day workshop for VCE chemistry teachers.

The workshop covers theoretical and technical principles. You'll receive hands-on training in the Shimadzu Analytical Laboratory, which contains state-of-the-art chromatographic and spectroscopic instrumentation.

Practical exercises include the analysis of:

  • calcium in milk using atomic absorption spectroscopy
  • aspirin in analgesic tablets using UV-vis spectroscopy
  • molecular structure determination using infrared spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • alcohol in wine using gas chromatography
  • caffeine in energy drinks using liquid chromatography.

This program supports the VCE chemistry curriculum and provides teachers with detailed hands-on practice in chemical analysis. A certificate of attendance is presented at the conclusion of the second day.

When: 2017 dates TBC. Contact us for more information.

Physical education (Unit 4)

Stay up-to-date with the latest in sport and exercise science research at our free professional development seminars.

When: 2017 dates TBC. Contact us for more information.

Contact us

For more information or to find activities in other study areas, email student.recruitment@vu.edu.au.