VU Block Model

Experience a smarter, more engaging way to study with the VU Block Model®.
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When you study an undergraduate degree or diploma at Victoria University, you complete one subject at a time. Learning in interactive, workshop-style classes where you get to know your teacher and classmates, you’ll put theory into practice, apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios, and receive fast feedback on your assessments.

Inspired by similar models across North America and Europe, the award-winning VU Block Model® is a proven success with students, educators and employers.

For postgraduate study, please see VU Block Model® – postgraduate courses.

The smarter way to study

How the VU Block Model works

Instead of juggling multiple subjects (units) at the same time, at VU you complete one subject at a time over a four-week ‘block’, usually with three 3-hour classes per week. Typically, you finish your block on a Friday and receive your results on the following Monday, meaning you can move into your next block with certainty and confidence.


You will complete all assessments for each unit within each four-week block and receive your results soon after your block finishes.

The type of assessment will depend on the unit you are taking, and may include:

  • hands-on activities or smaller assessment tasks (conducted in the classroom or online)
  • group presentations
  • a final product or assessment task at the end of your unit.

Assessments are designed so you so that you can achieve your best through early and ongoing feedback.

Plan your study

All bachelor degree, higher education diploma, and higher education certificates at our Melbourne and Sydney campuses are taught with the VU Block Model®.

If you are considering postgraduate study, please see VU Block Model® – postgraduate courses.

We offer five intakes across the academic year, so you have five opportunities throughout the year to start your course. Please see your course page for detailed information on start dates.

When you enrol, you select your units for the year across each block, and choose the order you will complete them.

For details of core units, and to plan out your year, please see the web page for your course – or search our course delivery plans for your chosen course.

Up to 10 blocks per year

Each year, you can complete up to 10 (4-week) blocks:

  • Semester 1: 4 blocks
  • Semester 2: 4 blocks
  • Plus two optional Blocks: 1 winter block and 1 summer block 

Note: If you miss a unit or need to repeat one, you may be able to catch up over the winter and summer blocks.

You also have the option to complete your studies part time.