CHANGE OF PREFERENCE
I DIDN’T GET THE ATAR I WAS HOPING FOR – WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?
Firstly, congratulations on completing Year 12. Many of VU’s undergraduate degrees don’t use ATAR as the main admission criteria for Year 12 applicants. There will still be prerequisites, but it won’t just be limited to your ATAR results. Check the individual course page for admission criteria.
Our course advisers can assist with your specific situation and provide details on the study options available to you for 2021.
You can book a one-on-one consultation with a future student adviser to talk about your course options and tailored advice about how to get into your dream course.
CAN I STILL CHANGE MY COURSE PREFERENCE?
Yes – until 21 January you can change your preferences on VTAC or if you’re applying direct to our VU Polytechnic TAFE courses for a different course that will give you the option of transferring to your dream course later on. We have a broad range of flexible pathways so you can start at certificate level and proceed to a diploma or degree. Some courses within your pathway may also grant you credit towards completion of the next course you choose to study. Find out more about pathways to VU.
WHY ARE SOME VU COURSES USING ATAR AS A SELECTION TOOL?
VU has some courses where the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places. For these courses, an ATAR is used as the primary selection tool but is not the only consideration.
Admission criteria for all VU courses are listed on the VU website and under the course information page at interest.
WHAT IS REQUIRED TO GAIN ENTRY INTO A VU COURSE?
For the courses that don’t need an ATAR, Year 12 students will need to successfully complete all the requirements of VCE. This will include any stated course prerequisites and study scores for your course of interest.
Now you have received your VCE results you can check VU’s course pages to see if you fulfill the admission criteria.
If you have fulfilled the admission criteria, you can start study at VU in 2021 provided the course is the highest course you are eligible for on your preference list. For a small number of courses, you must also satisfy the minimum ATAR.
MY PREREQUISITE SCORE WASN’T HIGH ENOUGH AND/OR I DIDN’T STUDY THE PRE-REQUISITE SUBJECT(S) .
VU has a number of pathway options that provide the opportunity to undertake a bachelor degree even if you may not have completed the prerequisites, met the study scores or ATAR during Year 12.
You can apply for a Certificate I to IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma at Victoria University Polytechnic. Once completing the course, you may be able continue your studies and pathway onto further tertiary study.
Taking a pathway course at VU Polytechnic has a number of benefits. Depending on what you are studying, you could gain a qualification and start working in the field of interest, while at the same time continue on with your education at an undergraduate level. Depending on what you study, you may also be able to get credit for your prior study, which may not add any additional time to your study journey. For more information about pathway courses, visit our Pathways to VU webpage.
Alternatively our Foundations at VU (JYAC) program provides many pathway options into a range of different university courses and in most circumstances, guaranteed entry. This is a fully-funded, 13-week program that is a great alternative pathway option to get you into your dream course.
I STUDIED VCAL, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
There are so many options. VU Polytechnic has a wide choice of certificate, diploma or advanced diploma qualifications that can prepare you to enter the workforce. You could also consider pre-apprenticeships (certificate II), apprenticeships (certificate III) and traineeships. Or if you would like to continue your education once you have completed your VU Polytechnic course, you could pathway into our bachelor degrees. If uni is the place you would like to now go to, you may want to start with our Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation which is the perfect preparation for your undergraduate studies at VU.
Visit the VU Polytechnic website and find out all about our course options and Free TAFE.
I THINK I NEED SOME ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO STUDY A DEGREE BUT DON’T WANT TO FALL BEHIND?
If your ATAR was significantly lower than you expected, because your final year of secondary school was challenging or you weren't able to finish VCE, we have many supportive courses that can build your study skills.
If you studied VCE, Foundations at VU (JYAC) was specifically designed to help improve the language, writing, study and numeracy skills of students with particular study needs, who still want to pursue their dream of further education. With the successful completion of this free, 13-week course, you can quickly get your higher education plans back on track.
Another option is the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or most of our other TAFE courses.
If you want to chat about your options, book a 1:1 consultation with a course adviser to explore these options.
WHEN CAN I CHANGE MY PREFERENCES?
You can change your preferences from Thursday 21 January 2021 (12 midday).
Now you have your VCE results, you can review your current preference list, gather information and make an informed decision about how, or whether, you want to re-order your preferences.
If you have not paid your VTAC application-processing fee in full, you will be unable to change your preferences.
CAN I ADD A NEW COURSE TO MY PREFERENCES?
Yes, you can add new courses to your preference list during the Change of Preference period. Make sure you check the course prerequisite subjects and extra requirements (selection tasks); you will need to meet these to be eligible for the course.
DOES THE ORDER OF MY PREFERENCES MATTER?
Yes. Ensure you list your preferences in order of what you want to study, as you will receive an offer for the highest-listed course you are eligible for.
WHAT IF I DON'T GET OFFERED A PLACE IN ANYTHING?
If you don’t receive an offer in January, we recommend you contact us. There are a number of options to consider, such as later round offers, direct applications, or applying later in the year. We have a number of intakes including our Block 3 intake in May. We can help you find the best study option in your area of interest.
Please book a 1:1 consultation and we can discuss your options.
WHAT IF I RECEIVE MORE THAN ONE OFFER?
You may receive an offer in multiple VTAC rounds. Accepting your first offer does not prevent you from being considered in subsequent rounds, unless you are offered your first preference.
However, you will only receive subsequent offers if it is for a place in a course listed higher in your preference list than the previous offer you received, i.e. if you receive an offer in January for your fourth preference, you can only be considered for a place in courses listed first to third preferences in subsequent rounds.
WHAT IS VTAC?
The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) is responsible for processing your application for university courses and supplying it to the university that you have nominated. The university then considers your offer and offers you a place based on the admission criteria for your course.
Most higher education VU courses are available for application via VTAC. Using VTAC for your university application allows you to list up to eight preferences in the order of your most preferred to least preferred course and institution. VTAC takes care of all the hard work so you only fill in one application for multiple courses at multiple institutions. Our website contains more information on how to apply.
Please note all our VU Polytechnic courses are available via direct application and not via VTAC. To apply for our TAFE courses go directly to VU Polytechnic and apply via the course you are interested in.
CAN I APPLY DIRECT TO VU?
You must apply via VTAC if you are currently enrolled in Year 12 (or equivalent), or have an existing VTAC application.
You can apply directly to VU if you:
- Are not currently enrolled in Year 12 (or equivalent), and
- Are only applying for one course at VU, and
- Have not already applied through VTAC
- Are applying for a VU Polytechnic course
- Are a current VU student
- The course you are interested in is only offered via Direct (and not VTAC)
- Have missed the last date to apply via VTAC (and do not have a VTAC application).
DO I NEED SUPPORTING INFORMATION?
If you’re a TAFE or direct applicants you will need to get a few things ready to support your application. This includes completion of an LLN Test (Language, Literacy and Numeracy test), statement of interest, evidence of study or work history and any course specific requirements. Find out more on the VU website.
If you’re applying through VTAC, check any course requirements, pre-requisites and additional VTAC requirements before applying.
HOW MUCH WILL MY COURSE COST?
Course costs vary between TAFE and undergraduate courses, government-funded student and full-fee paying students, and depend on the makeup of your electives.
You may pay your fees directly to the university at the beginning of each year, or you can defer your fees through the government loan scheme. This means that the government covers the cost of your uni fees and you begin repaying the loan once you have completed your degree and are earning over a certain amount.
You will also need to pay an annual Students Services and Amenities fee. Your course may also require you to purchase equipment or textbooks, so be prepared for this expense. Important information and a guide to costs can be found on the fees information page.
THE VU BLOCK MODEL
WHAT IS THE VU BLOCK MODEL?
At VU, we have revolutionised the way students learn with our Australian-first Block Model. Instead of studying different units at the same time like traditional university studies, students complete one unit at a time over four weeks before moving on to the next block. Visit the website for more information about its benefits and success.
DOES THE BLOCK MODEL HELP GET YOU BETTER GRADES?
Yes. With the VU Block Model, you have a better chance of achieving academic success. Since its introduction in 2018, VU’s Block Model has seen our first years’ pass rate increase to over 80%. In 2019, first year pass rates were at 87% (up 13% on traditional model) while for second year students, pass rates are at 90%.
Not only are you more likely to pass, you’re more likely to get better grades. Over 40% of students received distinctions and high distinctions, without any change to the assessments.
WHAT DOES THE BLOCK MODEL TIMETABLE LOOK LIKE?
In traditional mode, your subject can be divided into a lecture and a tutorial that could be at different times within a week or within a day. At VU, each unit typically has three-hour sessions, three days per week, which means you have more time for anything else that’s important to you.
Block classes are available in multiple combinations to allow you to choose the timetable that best suits you. You can choose from morning, mid-morning, afternoon and evening sessions to ensure you can still adhere to any other commitments you may have outside of uni, like work, family or sporting commitments.
WHAT ARE THE CLASSROOMS LIKE?
With smaller class sizes, you will have more one-on-one time with your teacher. By focusing on one unit at a time and being more of a collaborative session, students can have more support from their teachers and peers.
Block classes are interactive sessions where you are empowered to share ideas, debate concepts and explore learning opportunities. Learning in small, collaborative working groups with classmates and your teacher, you will feel more confident to speak up than in a traditional lecture environment where you could be sitting among 100 or more classmates.
HOW ARE CLASSES BEING DELIVERED IN 2020 DURING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS?
While we are temporarily teaching remotely, our Zoom and WebEx classrooms allow for breakout rooms just like a campus classroom, where you work in small groups before coming back to the class to share your ideas.
ADMISSIONS AT VU
WHAT IS A SEAS APPLICATION?
If circumstances have made it hard for you to do your best at study, VTAC’s Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) ensures institutions consider the circumstances you have experienced and their impact upon your studies when making selection decisions. Find out more about SEAS.
WHAT SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE?
There are a range of scholarships that are available that you may be interested in. Visit the website for more information on scholarships and how to apply.
WHAT IS SPECIAL CONSIDERATION FOR DIRECT ENTRY?
If you’re applying for a course direct to VU, you can apply for consideration equity consideration using our direct admission special consideration application along with any supporting documentation. Please complete the form to submit along with your course application.
REMOTE STUDYING & COVID-19 RESPONSE
WHAT IS VU DOING ABOUT COVID-19?
In response to government advice about the importance of physical distancing measures to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), VU has transitioned our units to an equivalent level, digitally-supported delivery model that students will be able to access remotely.
VU is now running as many classes as possible digitally and remotely.
WHAT IS ‘REMOTE LEARNING’?
Remote learning enables students to not have to be physically present at a school, college or university in order to attain an education. VU’s remote learning incorporates a digital study component and includes access to online learning materials. Digital and remote delivery at VU commenced for many classes on 30 March and will continue until further advice is provided.
WHEN CAN WE GO BACK TO CAMPUS?
Victoria University will continue to monitor developing news and departmental advice regarding COVID-19. The University continues to make considered decisions on its class delivery model and will be in communication with all students as circumstances change over time.
I’M IN YEAR 12 NOW, CAN I STILL APPLY TO STUDY NEXT YEAR?
IF I CONTRACT COVID-19, CAN I APPLY FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION FOR DIRECT ENTRY OR SEAS?
Yes, as per other experiences or illnesses that impact your attendance or performance. At VU, we also provide special consideration for our current students.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF MY YEAR 12 RESULTS ARE IMPACTED BY THE DISRUPTION CAUSED BY COVID-19?
VU is working closely with the relevant assessment authorities on possible solutions should the current situation become ongoing and impact your Year 12 results. As more information becomes available, you will receive information from your school and VTAC or VCAA.
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