Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Many of Federation University’s education courses qualify you to apply to be a VIT-accredited teacher upon graduation.

Entry into our Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Secondary Education and Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary) programs is assessed on:

  • Academic potential
  • Personal attributes – Altus Suite
  • Prerequisite subjects

You are not required to complete the Altus suite when applying for our Early Childhood Education programs

Academic potential

Year 12 applicants need to have a minimum ATAR of 70 for most of our education degrees. The exception to this is the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education), which has a Guaranteed ATAR of 55.

Mature-age applicants need to have an equivalent combination of prior study and/or relevant work experience.

Both groups are eligible for special entry schemes such as SEAS that provide bonus points in recognition of special circumstances and prior educational disadvantage. If you apply direct to Federation, please provide further details on your direct application.

Personal attributes

Most applicants are assessed on the following preferred personal attributes:

  • motivation to teach
  • strong interpersonal / communication skills
  • willingness to learn
  • resilience
  • self-efficacy
  • conscientiousness
  • organisational and planning skills

All applicants are required to complete Altus Suite as part of their application. Altus Suite is a requirement for many of the initial teacher training courses in Victoria. It is a non-cognitive online test designed to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes. Altus Suite consists of two-parts, however only the Casper component is compulsory for Federation University applications. To register for your sitting or for further information about the assessment, visit TakeAltus.com

Altus Suite

  • Part One (Compulsory)
  • Casper: 60-90 minute online, open-response situational judgment test (SJT)
  • Part Two (Recommended)
  • Snapshot: 10-minute one-way video interview with standardised questions
Completion of Snapshot is recommended but not compulsory for Federation University applications.

About Casper
The Casper test comprises 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 60-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for Casper, although you may want to familiarise yourself with the test structure at TakeAltus.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment, but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test.

Casper test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

Casper test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

For a more detailed look at the Casper test, please see this video.

About Snapshot
Snapshot is a one-way interview tool that takes 15 minutes to complete. It is used to help programs get to know their applicants better by assessing verbal and non-verbal communication skills, as well as motivation for the profession. Snapshot includes 2 mandatory practice questions to allow applicants to get familiar with the format and to test your audio and video capabilities. After you complete the practice portion, you will move on to record responses to 3 standardised interview-style questions. Applicants have 2 minutes to record each response. You will have time to read and consider each question during a 30-second reflection period before you begin recording. All recorded responses will be submitted to the program for review.


Prerequisite subjects and study scores differ across programs. To see the prerequisites for each course you are interested in, please go to Course Finder.

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Literacy and numeracy

Federation is proud that our student outcomes in literacy and numeracy testing are at or above the national average. We believe this is due to targeted and differentiated support provided to students during their studies. Each student’s literacy and numeracy capabilities are assessed early in first year, during core subjects or via a test upon entry. Literacy and numeracy skills are then monitored throughout a student’s studies. This allows for the development of an individualised approach to literacy and numeracy learning for each student so they know where they are and where they need to get to.

A range of support activities are available and may include support classes, study groups and coaching, as well as the FAST program.

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