Guide to assessing qualifications

This guide is designed to assist you in determining which teaching methods to nominate on your VTAC application.

Remember that by ticking ‘yes’ to ‘All other Methods’, you are authorising VTAC to conduct a full assessment of your academic transcripts for all possible secondary teaching methods.

Step 1: Download the VIT's Specialist Area Guidelines.

Step 2: Look for the main two or three subject areas you have studied in your undergraduate degree – usually your ‘majors’ and ‘minors/sub-majors’.

  • TIP – look at the department or faculty which offered the unit or use the prefix of the unit code as a guide.
  • For example: Deakin University’s AIH coded units are all history units and ALL coded units are all literature units.

Step 3: Using your transcript, list all of the units completed within these major/minor sequences in columns on a sheet of paper, grouping them in their respective year level.

  • TIP – check your University's website to identify what constitutes a first-year unit, a second-year unit and a third-year unit
  • For example: Deakin University’s AIP107 is a first-year politics unit, ALL201 is a second-year literary unit and ALL373 is a third-year literary unit.

Step 4: Write the code of the units completed in each year level in the columns.

Using Deakin University as an example, your table should end up looking something like this: 

 LITERARY STUDIESHISTORYPOLITICS
YEAR 1ALL101 / ALL102AIH107 / AIH108AIP107 / AIP116
YEAR 2ALL201 / ALL202AIH264 / AIH238 
YEAR 3ALL373 / ALL374 

Be careful of the weightings of each unit.

Let's say a normal unit value for the provider is 12 credit points and the unit you completed had a value of only 6 credit points – you need to mark in 0.5 of a unit instead of 1 unit in the column under that subject heading.

Step 5: Use the definitions below to work out your major, sub-major and part sequences and then cross-reference these with the requirements for each subject area outlined in the Specialist Area Guidelines.

  • Part: A quarter-year of higher education study at any level (usually two first-year units).
  • Minor (Sub-major): A half-year of higher education study with no more than a quarter-year at first-year level (usually two first-year units plus two or more second-year units).
  • Major: A total of three-quarters of a year of higher education studies with no more than a quarter-year at first-year level and no less than a quarter-year at third year level or above – usually comprising a quarter-year in each of the first, second and third years of study (usually six units – two at each year level).

In the example we've used above for Deakin University, the applicant has completed: 

  • a major in English Literature, which satisfies the requirements for the English method
  • a minor in History, which satisfies the requirements for the History method
  • a minor in History and a part in Politics which satisfies the requirements for Humanities/SOSE.

Step 6: Once you have established that you satisfy the requirements for your chosen methods, nominate these in your VTAC application and tick ‘yes’ to ‘All other Methods’ – this will enable the VTAC assessors to make a full assessment of all possible teaching methods (they may be able to identify an area you have missed).

Eligible teaching methods

If you have trade qualifications, you will not be able to use the self-assessment guide. However, you can apply directly through VTAC.