Our exclusive VU Guaranteed program offers Year 11 and 12 students from partnership schools a guaranteed place at Victoria University (VU) or Victoria University Polytechnic (VU Polytechnic), prior to their final Year 12 exams.

Applications for VU Guaranteed 2019 are now closed.

Benefits for you

You matter. Your career goals and aspirations matter. VU Guaranteed exists to ensure that if you are willing and motivated to study you can access a course that will take you to your chosen career path.

Guaranteed place within a week

We will confirm your guaranteed place at VU within a week of applying.

5 bonus ATAR points

You will receive an additional 5 ATAR points towards your Selection Rank for courses that consider the ATAR as part of the selection process.

These extra points are part of the maximum adjustment points allowed (20 ATAR points overall) including eligible Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS), subject adjustments and other ATAR adjustment schemes.

Please note that our Bachelor of Education (P-12) is exempt from this bonus.

Peace of mind

Feel confident going into your exams – knowing that you already have a guaranteed place with us.

Tailored advice

We'll contact you once the Year 12 results are released to offer you tailored advice on all your study options.

If you do not meet the admission criteria for the course you nominated in your VU Guaranteed application, you will be mapped into an alternative course during the VTAC Change of Preference period (12-14 December 2019). This means you are still guaranteed a place with us that will help you find a pathway to your career goals.

Exclusive opportunities

You will have access to exclusive VU Guaranteed events where you will have an opportunity to be inspired by current students, academics and industry leaders.  

A world-class education

VU is in the top 2% of universities worldwide and one of the top 3 universities in Victoria (THE World University Rankings 2019). With the introduction of our innovative approach to education, the VU Block Model, and Victoria University Polytechnic’s multi-award winning blending learning approach, we can set you up for success at uni and beyond.

As a dual-sector institute, our courses range from certificates to degrees, so no matter what you want to study, we have a course and a place for you.

Across our TAFE and university we have over 4000 industry connections offering practical placements and graduate employment opportunities, and state-of-the-art Industry standard facilities. That’s why employers rank VU graduates in the top 10 of more than 40 universities in Australia for work-readiness (QILT 2018 Employer Satisfaction Survey).


“VU Guaranteed relieves a lot of the stress and anxiety that comes with applying for a course and makes the process feel less intimidating. Knowing that I had a guaranteed place in my dream university course was incredibly comforting and reassuring."

Arianna Ioannou
Bachelor of Community Development

Eligibility for the VU Guaranteed program

To apply for VU Guaranteed and be guaranteed a place at VU you need to:

  • be a current Year 11 or 12 student at an eligible school
  • be completing Year 12 (note: if you are completing VCAL or an unscored VCE, you are still eligible to apply)
  • add a VU course to your VTAC preference list or apply direct for VU Polytechnic courses.

When you have finished Year 12, the place you are offered with us will be selected according to a combination of your Year 12 results and course admission criteria.

Eligible schools for a VU Guaranteed place are:

  • Aitken College
  • Al-Taqwa College
  • Antonine College
  • Ave Maria College
  • Bacchus Marsh College
  • Bacchus Marsh Grammar
  • Bayside P-12 College - Paisley Campus
  • Bellarine Secondary College
  • Bendigo Senior Secondary College
  • Braemar College
  • Braybrook College
  • Brunswick Secondary College
  • Buckley Park College
  • Caroline Chisholm Catholic College
  • Catholic Regional College Melton
  • Catholic Regional College Sydenham
  • Christian Brothers' College St Kilda
  • Clonard College
  • Copperfield College
  • Craigieburn Secondary College
  • Dandenong High School
  • Emmanuel College - St Paul's Campus
  • Emmanuel College - Notre Dame Campus
  • Epping Secondary College
  • Essendon Keilor College
  • Footscray City College
  • Frankston High School - VCE Campus
  • Geelong High School
  • Geelong Lutheran College
  • Gilmore College for Girls
  • Gilson College
  • Gisborne Secondary College
  • Gladstone Park Secondary College
  • Glenroy Secondary College
  • Good News Lutheran College
  • Grovedale College
  • Hallam Senior Secondary College
  • Hampton Park Secondary College
  • Heathdale Christian College
  • Hoppers Crossing Secondary College
  • Hume Anglican Grammar
  • Hume Central Secondary College - Town Park Campus
  • Ilim College of Australia
  • Islamic College of Melbourne
  • John Fawkner College
  • Kardinia International College
  • Keilor Downs College
  • Kensington Community High School
  • Keysborough Secondary College - Acacia Campus
  • Keysborough Secondary College- Banksia Campus
  • Kolbe Catholic College
  • Kurunjang Secondary College
  • Kyneton Secondary College
  • Lakeview Senior College
  • Lalor North Secondary College
  • Lalor Secondary College
  • Lara Secondary College
  • Laverton P-12 College - Bladin Campus
  • Little Yarra Steiner School
  • Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School
  • Mackillop Catholic Regional College Werribee
  • Manor Lakes P-12 College
  • Marian College Sunshine
  • Maribyrnong Secondary College
  • McClelland Secondary College
  • Melton Christian College
  • Melton Secondary College
  • Mildura Senior College
  • Mill Park Secondary College
  • Mount Alexander 7-12 College
  • Mount Ridley College
  • Mount St Joseph Girls' College
  • North Geelong Secondary College
  • North Melbourne Grammar College
  • Northern Bay P-12 College
  • Notre Dame College
  • Overnewton Anglican Community College
  • Parade College
  • Pascoe Vale Girls Secondary College
  • Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School
  • Penola Catholic College
  • Point Cook Senior Secondary College
  • Rosehill Secondary College
  • Roxburgh College
  • Sacred Heart College Geelong
  • Sacred Heart College Kyneton
  • Salesian College Sunbury
  • Sirius College (LSIK) - Broadmeadows Campus
  • Sirius College (LSIK) - Eastmeadows Campus
  • Sirius College (LSIK) - Keysborough Campus
  • Sirius College (LSIK) - Meadow Fair Campus
  • Southern Cross Grammar
  • Springside West Secondary College
  • St Albans Secondary College
  • St Bernard's College
  • St Columba's College
  • St Joseph's College Newtown
  • St Mary's Coptic Orthodox College
  • St Monica's College
  • Staughton College
  • Strathmore Secondary College
  • Sunbury College
  • Sunbury Downs Secondary College
  • Sunshine College
  • Suzanne Cory High School
  • Tarneit Senior College
  • Taylors Lakes Secondary College
  • The Grange P-12 College
  • Thomas Carr College
  • Victoria University Secondary College - Brimbank Campus
  • Victoria University Polytechnic Footscray Nicholson
  • Victoria University Polytechnic Werribee
  • Werribee Secondary College
  • Westbourne Grammar School - Hoppers Crossing Campus
  • William Ruthven Secondary College
  • Williamstown High School
  • Wyndham Central College.

"VU Guaranteed helped me to manage Year 12 with less pressure. I was able to decide what my future was going to look like, rather than having to just wait and see."

Aleksandar Jandric
Bachelor of Information Technology

How to apply for a guaranteed place

If you meet the eligibility requirements, follow these steps.

Step 1 – Apply for VU Guaranteed

Applications for VU Guaranteed are now are now closed.

Applications close on 13 December 2019 for Year 11s.

As part of the application, you will be asked to tell us a little about yourself through answering the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to study at VU? (100 words)
  2. What are your goals or career aspirations? (100 words)
  3. How do you contribute to your community, school and or family? (100 words).

Sample answer: Why do you want to study at VU?

I would like to study at VU because of the positive reputation I have received from media and current and past students of the university, as well as the atmosphere of the institution I experienced when attending the campus for open days or sport training. The opportunities that VU offers through courses and partnerships add another aspect to why VU is my first preference of universities. The way in which the Block Model is run also appeals to me and I believe will assist me in achieving the best I can.

Sample answer: What are your goals or career aspirations?

I am a creative person who loves to understand how people think and how communities interact. My dream is to get into the advertising industry and travel the world making cool ads!

Sample answer: How do you contribute to your community, school and or family?

I have volunteered with The Uniting Care within the last year and have received a Certificate of Appreciation. During this time I assisted with the distribution of food to less fortunate members of the Geelong community. I also have a driving passion for environmental health and sustainability. Through my casual employment I engage with management in an attempt to change and improve environmental practices of the business to ensure that a more sustainable approach is taken. This is an important element of business models for the future.

VTAC courses

Timely VTAC applications close on 27 September 2019 at 5pm.

We can only offer a VU Guaranteed place if you have added a VU course to your VTAC preference list as your highest eligible preference.

Apply Direct for VU Polytechnic courses

Not all VU Polytechnic courses are listed on VTAC. If the VU Polytechnic course you want to apply for is not on the VTAC course listing, you must apply direct to VU Polytechnic.

Direct applications for 2020 are now closed. Year 11 students can still apply for 2021.

Year 12 results are released on 12 December 2019 at 7am.

On this day we'll contact you to chat about your study options based on your results and give you tailored course advice. There's still a chance to change your VTAC course preferences according to our advice.

Change of Preference period closed on 14 December 2019 at 4pm.


You will receive your official VU Guaranteed course offer through VTAC on 18 December 2019, or directly from VU Polytechnic for apply direct courses.

To ensure that you get your VU Guaranteed place you must have your desired course listed as your highest eligible preference on your VTAC preference list if it is a VTAC listed course.

“Knowing I had a guaranteed place in my course was a perk for me, as well as the 5 extra points on my ATAR score. It gave me a sense of relief knowing I had already completed the hardest step of all.”

Eman Abdulhamid
Diploma of Education Studies

Course exclusions, limited places & ATAR requirements

As a VU Guaranteed applicant, you will still need to satisfy the admission criteria and be ranked above the lowest selection rank for courses with:

  • limited places
  • ATAR based selection.

If you do not meet the admission criteria, we will guarantee a place in an alternative pathway course.

You can still apply via VTAC or direct application for the courses listed below, but please note that due to restricted places and accreditation requirements, we can’t offer guaranteed places for them.

Apply to VTAC courses:

  • Bachelor of Education (P-12)
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Paramedicine.

Apply direct courses:

  • Diploma of Nursing
  • Diploma of Paramedical Science.