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The admission criteria for courses vary. For undergraduate courses that don’t have ATAR requirements, Year 12 students will need to successfully complete all the requirements for the award of the VCE certificate. In addition, they will need to have studied the prerequisite subjects and achieved the required study scores, as well as any other designated requirements for the course of interest.

Check VU’s course pages to see the entry requirements and determine whether you fulfil them.

If you are not a current Year 12 student, or have not studied for the VCE certificate in the last two years, check the other admission categories to see what is required of applicants in your situation.

The admission criteria for TAFE courses at Victoria University Polytechnic (VU Polytechnic) can be found on the VU Polytechnic website. Many of these courses don't have prerequisites.


For a small number of courses students are selected based on their ATAR. The adjusted ranking of the ATAR is used for courses where the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places. In these cases, the ATAR is used as the primary selection tool but is not the only consideration.

Information on the way ATARs have been adjusted and ranked in the previous year can be found on our ATAR profile information page. To find out about admissions requirements, find your course via the VU courses page.

The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) is responsible for processing your application for university courses and supplying it to the universities that you have nominated. Each university has the role of considering your application and will make an offer based on how closely you match the selection criteria for the course.

To begin study at the start of 2020 all VU degree courses and some Victoria University Polytechnic (TAFE) courses are listed for application via VTAC. Using VTAC for your 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.

Applications for mid-year entry and other intake periods are often only available by direct application to VU.

You must apply via VTAC if you are currently enrolled in Year 12 (or equivalent) or applying for more than one course.

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 a current VU student, or
  • the course is not listed on VTAC for applications.

Applications for mid-year entry and other intake periods are often only available by direct application to VU. 

Find out more about how to apply.

What is required to gain entry into a VU course?

Why are some VU courses still using ATAR as a selection tool?

What is VTAC?

Can I apply direct to VU?

VTAC timely applications close on 30 September 2019. If you lodge your VTAC application by 5pm on this date you will only pay the early-bird application fee. VTAC continues to accept applications after this date, however, the application fee is higher during later application periods.

Very late course applications close on 6 December 2019 at 5pm.

VCE results and ATARs are released on Thursday 12 December 2019 and round one undergraduate degree offers will be available on Wednesday 15 January 2020.

A direct application requires that you include a statement of interest in studying the course (up to 500 words). You will also be asked to provide evidence of previous study or work history and any course specific requirements. Find out more about preparing your application.

If applying through VTAC, check any admission criteria, prerequisites and additional VTAC requirements before applying.

Course costs vary for TAFE and undergraduate courses, government-funded students and full-fee paying students, and depend on the makeup of a student’s electives. You will need to pay an annual Students Services and Amenities fee. Your course may also require you to purchase specialised equipment or textbooks, so be prepared for these expenses.  

Yes, you can. Each year, we award hundreds of scholarships worth millions of dollars for students at all levels – TAFE (certificates and diplomas), undergraduate (bachelor degrees and honours) and postgraduate (coursework and research degrees). Details and eligibility criteria are available on the scholarships page.

The Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) in a VTAC application is for applicants who have experienced educational barriers and/or difficult life circumstances that may prevent or deter them from studying. 

You can also apply for Special Admission consideration with a Direct Application to VU.  

In 2018, we introduced a new, highly-effective way of learning to make your transition to university easier and give you the skills to succeed when you enter the workforce. Rather than dealing with the stress of studying four units at once as you would at any other university, the VU Block Model lets you focus on studying one subject at a time every four weeks.

We call these four-week study periods ‘blocks’. Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and includes all assessments. You’ll then get up to four days between blocks to relax and prepare for the next subject.

The VU Block Model is designed to ease your experience of university life. It not only develops your skills as a confident and independent learner, but also sets you up for success for your degree and beyond.

In 2019 the model applies to all our first and second year undergraduate students. The block mode of teaching will be extended to third and fourth year undergraduate students and postgraduate students in 2020.

For more information, visit our Block Model web page.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses program covers eligible students’ tuition fees for the full course duration. You'll still need to pay for other fees such as student services fees or materials fees.

You may be eligible if you are under 20 years old, or if you are enrolling in a course at a higher-level than you have completed. If you have a higher-level qualification we may still be able to offer you access to the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. Your eligibility will be assessed when you submit your application.

It is important to choose your training carefully because you can only access the initiative once, even if you do not finish your tuition-free priority course.

For more information about the Free TAFE courses please visit Free TAFE.

You may pay your fees directly to VU or VU Polytechnic (TAFE) at the beginning of each course/year of study, or, if you are eligible, you can defer your fees through a government loan scheme. For higher education degree study this can be HECS-HELP. If your study is for an eligible diploma-level qualification at TAFE, the VET Student Loan may apply. Deferring your fees through these schemes means the government covers the cost of your tuition and you begin repaying the loan once you are earning over a certain amount.

Fees for certificate-level study at VU Polytechnic can't be deferred via a government scheme, however you may be able to arrange a payment plan with the University. Some VU Polytechnic course fees are covered by the Free TAFE for Priority Courses program. For further information see ‘How does Free TAFE work?’ below.

At VU, each subject typically has three, 3-hour, face-to-face teaching sessions per week, scheduled over three days. These are available in multiple combinations of days and times (morning, mid-morning, afternoon and evening), allowing you to choose the combination that best suits you.

Subjects with labs and professional experience (called ‘pracs’) have extra teaching hours, and where possible, will be scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. Teaching sessions will not run on more than two consecutive days, which means you will have a gap day between teaching sessions and two gap days each week.

What are the key VTAC application dates?

Do I need supporting information?

What is SEAS?

What is the VU Block Model?

What will my timetable look like?

How much will my course cost?

How do I pay my fees?

Can I apply for a scholarship?

How does Free TAFE work?



Talk to a course advisor today about your study options.

To find out if your course is CSP supported, please refer to the fees and scholarships section on your course page. Visit the Commonwealth supported students page for further information. 

Is my course Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) supported?

At Victoria University, we have several intake periods throughout the year. You can start your course during the following periods:

  • January –Summer Block 1
  • March – Block 1
  • April – Block 3
  • July – mid year
  • November – Trimester 3

For study dates visit the VU calendar. Find out how you can fast-track your studies with summer and winter study blocks.

When can I start my course?

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