Victoria University is the only university in Australia to use the block teaching model, which has been in operation throughout Sweden and parts of North America for more than four decades.
First-year students at Victoria University complete one subject every four weeks, are assessed, and then proceed to the next four-week unit. Immersion in each subject allows students to master it, rather than juggling four units at once.
The First Year Model facilitates summer and winter school making it easy to catch up absences of up to eight weeks, which is useful for elite sportspeople and for students who wish to start their studies in late-April or transfer from another degree elsewhere.
While the First Year Model makes the transition from school to university easier, Victoria University is also heavily focused on facilitating the transition from university to work. For example, its College of Sport & Exercise Science, which is ranked among the top 25 universities globally according to the Shanghai Rankings for Sport Science, has a dedicated Career Development & Employability program.
The College of Sport & Exercise Science along with its world-renowned Institute of Health & Sport (formerly ISEAL) has close relationships with the Western Bulldogs, the Melbourne Vixens, Swimming Australia, Melbourne Storm, Tennis Australia, Melbourne Victory, the Real Madrid Foundation, the Victorian Institute of Sport and the Australian Institute of Sport.
Victoria University also offers career pathways, such as in schoolteaching where students who narrowly miss out on the State Government’s mandated entry score can start a Bachelor of Education Studies instead and then transition to the University’s Bachelor of Education (P-12) teaching degree in second year.
The University’s colleges of Business and Law & Justice are based in the Melbourne CBD, while its Arts & Education, Engineering & Science, and Sport & Exercise Science colleges are mainly based in Footscray. Health & Biomedicine operates in St Albans, Werribee, the CBD, Footscray and the Sunshine Hospital Western Centre for Health Research and Education.
Victoria University is one of only six Australian universities to combine higher education and vocational and further education with its Victoria University Polytechnic, which is based on multiple university campuses.
VU College offers English language courses, pathway diplomas and courses for international students at our Melbourne and Sydney Campuses as well as offshore with international education partners.