Whether you are looking to upskill, make a career change, complete your VCE or study for the first time since high school, stepping into university life can be challenging.

With a broad range of courses, flexible study options, and excellent support services, Victoria University (VU) is a great choice for mature-age students.

No matter what your circumstances are, you'll find thousands of other students just like you at VU.

Time for what matters with flexible study

As a mature-age student, we understand that your commitments outside of study can demand a lot of your time. That's why the VU Block Model gives you the flexibility you need to fit uni around your busy life.

Instead of juggling multiple deadlines at once, VU Block Model lets you focus on one unit at a time. And with classes for most units available morning, afternoon or evening, it's easy to tailor a timetable that suits you.

If you would prefer to study online, we also offer a range of single units, certificates, diplomas and postgraduate courses that can be completed entirely online.

Broad range of courses to choose from

Take your VCE at VU

The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is a senior secondary school qualification which can prepare you for the workforce or study at an undergraduate or TAFE level. VCE at VU is specifically tailored for adults returning to study and offered through our TAFE division, Victoria University Polytechnic.

Short courses, certificates & diplomas

If you don’t have the time to commit to a full degree, or simply want to upskill or reskill in a particular field, you will find lots of shorter course options at Victoria University Polytechnic.

These courses can also offer a pathway to studying an undergraduate degree.

Browse short courses and Victoria University Polytechnic courses.

Undergraduate degrees

VU offers undergraduate bachelor degrees across a large range of disciplines. These can prepare you to enter the workforce with the skills required for a specific career path. A degree can also offer a pathway to postgraduate study or research.

Browse undergraduate courses.

Postgraduate courses

If you’ve completed an undergraduate degree or are already in the workforce, postgraduate study can help you become more specialised.

We now also offer a range of postgraduate courses entirely online, so you'll be able to qualify faster as you fit study around your schedule:

Browse all postgraduate courses.

Credit for your skills & past study

We recognise the valuable skills and life experience that you may already have as a mature student. We can credit academic, professional or life skills that are determined to be equivalent to skills that would be covered in specific course units. This means you may be able to complete your course in a shorter time.

Support services

To help you succeed as a mature-age student, we offer a large range of student support services such as on-campus childcare, academic development, disability support, career counselling and more.

We also offer numerous scholarships each year to support students at all course levels.