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Victoria University 

Maximising your preferences

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It's exciting to finish year 12 and think more seriously

about your future, but it can also be challenging to navigate all the choice out there.

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Selecting your VTAC preferences

  • Know your goals
  • Understand your options

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Find you way into the right course!

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When it comes to selecting your VTAC preferences, knowing your goals and understanding your options is crucial to finding your way into the right course.

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Questions to ask yourself:

What do I enjoy doing?

Which area of study should I choose?

Which institution will be best for me?

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The first question to ask yourself when considering your future is, what do I enjoy doing?

Which area of study will put me on the path towards my dream career?

You'll also need to consider which institution is best for you.

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VU Block Model 

Study one unit at a time, over a 4-week period.

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At VU, we teach the block

model where you study one unit at a time over a four-week period in a classroom setting.

This helps you focus and lets you have a social and work life outside your studies.

Other institutions may teach in a lecture and tutorial method. How do you prefer to learn?

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How do you prefer to learn?

Why VU?

  • VU Block Model
  • Campus location
  • Gyms and labs
  • VU Accommodation
  • Industry connections

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Find out what each institution has to offer in terms of facilities, accommodation and special programmes or industry connections.

Once you've identified your dream course, check the admissions criteria to make sure you're eligible.

You may also be able to apply for adjustments, such as SEAS, and be eligible for advanced standing.

When looking at courses, note the application method.

Some courses don't require a VTAC preference but ask you to apply direct.

Check the application deadline.

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VTAC preferencing strategy

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So you've established a list of your top courses.

It's important to make sure you meet the admission criteria to make your selections count.

In the top three places, always put your dream courses, starting with your favourite and first.

Your highest eligible preference is the one you will be offered, but you will be assessed for all preferences.

Position four, five, and six should be courses that will be similar to your top picks or will help pathway you to get there.

In the last two positions, it is recommended you pick enabling or preparation types of courses, such as the diploma of business or the diploma of education. You can also apply for additional VU Polytechnic courses directly.

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The offer process

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Accept your offer by enrolling. Enrol in course. Check the application deadline.

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Students only receive one offer per round for their highest eligible preference. When you're made an offer, ensure you accept your offer by enrolling. Some courses have tight deadlines so be mindful of the dates and don't leave it to the last minute.

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Supplementary offers. Round one. Round 2. No offer. Round 3. Round 4. Round 5.

Apply via your VTAC account. Nominate your preferred institutions.

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If you're not made an offer after round one and two, don't panic, you can indicate that you'd like to be considered in a supplementary round via your VTAC account.

Indicate which institutions you'd still like to receive an offer from.

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Pathways. Learning is a journey. Not a race. Dual sector advantage. [image, pie chart showing different study levels, from non-accreditated to doctorate. University Higher Education. Polytechnic Vocational Education.

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Learning is a journey, not a race. As a dual sector institution, Victoria University has many entry points. VU Polytechnic also offers a certificate for tertiary preparation as well as other certificates and preparation courses that pathway directly into VU bachelor degrees, often guaranteeing you a place.

To apply for a VU Polytechnic course, you need to apply direct.

Go onto the webpage of the course you would like to study and press apply.

As part of your application, you need to complete a language, literacy and numeracy test and a pre-training review which is part of your application.

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  • Language literacy and numeracy test
  • Pre-training review

Top 5 common mistakes

Don't miss out on your offer!

Did not apply direct for Vocational Education courses (VU Polytechnic), or applied too late.

Listed preferences for courses without prerequisites, study scores or didn't complete selection tasks.

Did not consider pathway, preparation or foundation courses, and did not apply direct.

Didn't make the most of subject adjustments, early offer programs (VU Guaranteed), SEAS, and other schemes or supplementary rounds.

Bonus item: Didn't pay their VTAC application fee.

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Every year, selection staff scroll through lists of students and see some who have unnecessarily missed out on an offer, usually because of one of the following reasons. They did not list the course they most want to do as their first preference. They did not apply direct for vocational education courses or applied too late. Listed preferences for courses without prerequisites, study scores or didn't complete selection tasks. Did not consider pathway, foundation or preparation courses and didn't apply.

Didn't make the most of subject adjustments, early offer programmes, SEAS and other schemes or supplementary rounds.

Finally, some students missed out because they didn't pay their VTAC application fee.

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You're ready! Just remember:

Change your preferences if you need to

Ensure you have paid your VTAC fees

Apply directly for any VU Polytechnic courses you would like to include.

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You know what you need to do now.

Just remember to change your preferences if you need to.

Ensure you have paid your VTAC fees and apply directly for any VU Polytechnic courses you would like to include in your considerations. Now, you know what you're doing, have fun learning about your options.

Once you know where you want to go, you'll find there are lots of interesting ways to get there.

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For more information www.vu.edu.au/vtac-preferences

Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia