Victoria University offers a range of engaging and informative programs for secondary-school students.

  • Campus tours and presentations allow year 10 to 12 students to see why they might choose VU.

  • Our academic programs help students transition to tertiary study.

  • Our special admission scheme offers year 12 students alternative entry options into their dream course.

VU's tours and programs help the transition from secondary school to university

Visit our university

For students in years 10 to 12, we host visits at our many campuses. The visits include tours of our facilities and learning spaces, interactive activities and comprehensive presentations covering:

Register for a campus tour and presentation

Our tours allow Year 12 students to experience why they should choose VU

University activities for all year levels

Students who had not considered studying at university can experience university life through workshops and activities run by our academic colleges.

Innovation challenge

Year 10, 11 and 12 students interested in digital media and coding are invited to participate in VU’s innovation challenge. Interactive MasterLab workshops on campus give students the opportunity to learn how to design, code and market digital stickers (used in mobile messaging) for the App Store. Stickers with the most downloads at the end of the competition are awarded a prize at Open Day 2018.

Find out more and register for the innovation challenge.

Engineering

VU's College of Engineering and Science offers students in years nine to 12, free hands-on activities, providing them with opportunities to use measurement and design skills to come up with creative prototypes. Each activity is designed to give students a general understanding of the engineering processes from design to construction and testing.

For more information and to register your school, email Tricia Fidler: tricia.fidler@vu.edu.au.

Legal studies

The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre and College of Law and Justice at Victoria University runs a number of school education and careers programs to expose students to a range of careers in the wider justice and legal sector.

Moot competition

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

Students are invited to attend as observers or volunteers.

Civics education network – Mix it up

In 2018 the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre will be running Mix it up, an intercultural civics education network for students in years 10 to 12.

Students from all Victorian schools can register online for the July and November workshops.

Additional in-school workshops are being offered to schools in the Brimbank local government area during 2018.

Contact the Mix it up Coordinator at sophie.moore@vu.edu.au to find out more about the program.

Head Start in law

Head Start day is a one day workshop for year 11 students interested in legal studies and learning more about the wider legal and justice related professions.

The workshop will be held at the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, in the heart of Melbourne's legal district.

Learn, Experience, Access Professions (LEAP)

The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre was the lead agency delivering LEAP into Law for five years. Funding for LEAP concluded in 2017, so the program is no longer running.

Students and teachers can still access the LEAP website for:

  • resources about the professions
  • study options.

Schools previously involved in the LEAP into Law program will be invited to attend Head Start Day in Term 3/4 in 2018.

Sport & Exercise Science

The Sport and Recreation Industry Pathway (SARIP) program provides activities and programs that complement students' VCE study. Through SARIP, students also gain exposure and access to leading academics and researchers in sport. They also get exposure to VU's state-of-the-art sport and learning precinct and benefit from VU's extensive list of industry partnerships, including the Australian Institute of Sport and the Western Bulldogs AFL Club.

Please note that some SARIP activities do incur a fee.

Special programs for secondary-school students

VU Guaranteed – early offer program

Year 12 students from participating schools can apply for courses through our new early offer program, VU Guaranteed. Students will be guaranteed a place at Victoria University (VU) or VU Polytechnic.

VET in Schools (VETiS)

VET in School (VETiS) programs are generally completed over one or two years, and provide a qualification or partial completion of a Certificate II or III.

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) help propel students into tertiary life, providing a greater understanding of university and their options for the future.

VU's programs offer secondary students alternative pathways to study

Contact us

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