Victoria Polytechnic is our TAFE division, giving you the power to influence your journey and take charge of tomorrow. Visit our website to find courses we offer and support for your studies.
Applying for a VE/TAFE course at Victoria University (VU) is easy. The hard part is choosing what to study from our wide range of courses at various study levels, including:
- Certificate I to IV
- Advanced Diploma
- Graduate Certificate
- Pre-Apprenticeships (Certificate II)
- Apprenticeships (Certificate III) & traineeships.
Before you apply
Before you apply, you’ll need to get a few things ready to support your application.
- A statement of interest - up to 500 words that describe why you would like to enrol in the course, what you hope to achieve through study, the type of career path you would like to follow, and how your previous study/work/life experiences support your application.
- Evidence of your study or work history - certified copies of your transcripts/study results, referee reports, etc.
Course specific requirements (listed on your course page) - some courses may also ask for additional information as part of the application. It is your responsibility to complete all extra requirements by the closing dates, otherwise your application may not be considered. This could be:
- a supplementary information form
- a pre-enrolment review
- a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment
- going to an interview, audition, information session and/or workshop
- submitting a folio, or
- undertaking a test.
To support your application, or lessen the time it takes to complete your course, you may wish to apply for:
- special consideration - if you would like to be considered under one of our special admission categories, where we assess your application on a number of factors, not just your grades
- recognition of prior learning - if you believe your previous study/work/life experiences meet the learning outcomes of one or more units of study (read more about gaining credits for prior learning).
How to apply
Once you’ve chosen your course and prepared all the necessary documents, it’s time to apply.
Certificate I to III
To apply for our Certificate I, II and III courses, complete the direct entry application form.
Certificate IV, Diploma & Advanced Diploma
The method you use to apply for a course at VU depends on your student status, the course you wish to apply for and the time of year.
Current Year 12 students
If you are a current Year 12 student applying for a course that is listed with VTAC, you must apply through VTAC. Read more about applying through VTAC, including important dates and fees.
You may apply for your course direct to VU if you are applying:
- for a course that isn’t listed with VTAC or
- to commence study in April, July or September.
Direct applications to VU are free of charge.
Please check the course page to confirm the application method and closing date as they vary.
Non-Year 12 applicants
If you are not a current Year 12 student, you may apply for your course direct to VU.
Direct applications to VU are free of charge.
If you are applying for courses at multiple institutions for commencement in February/March, it is recommended you apply via VTAC (fees apply). Read more about applying through VTAC, including important dates and fees.
Please check the course page to confirm the application method and closing date.
Apprenticeships & traineeships
- Find an employer in your chosen trade who will employ you as an apprentice.
- Your employer will need to contact an Australian Apprenticeship Centre and sign a training contract to register you as an apprentice.
- Nominate Victoria University as your preferred registered training organisation (RTO).
Within six to eight weeks after successfully completing this process your classroom training will commence.
Read more information on apprenticeships & traineeships.
Pre-training review form
As part of your application you may be required to complete the pre-training review form.
Completing this form helps us to determine whether this course is the most suitable one for you at this time and also to help identify any support needs you may have once you commence your studies.
When to apply
TAFE courses run from January to December. Due to their shorter duration (anywhere from 6 months to 2 years full time), they have varying intakes and start dates depending on the course.
- Certificates I to III generally accept applications throughout the year.
- Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses usually accept applications during the main intake period, from August to December. If places are still available, applications will be accepted from late December onwards, until the course is filled.
Check your course page for the closing date.
We encourage Indigenous Australians to apply for any of our courses.
Our Moondani Balluk Academic Unit (Wurundjeri for 'embrace people') provide support and advice to Indigenous Australians wanting to apply for a course at VU, as well as providing current students with an ongoing culturally safe environment.
Contact Moondani Balluk staff to discuss course options, and the range of support services and pastoral care available.
Phone: +61 3 9919 2891 or +61 3 9919 2836
You are also encouraged to submit a Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Profile Information Form with your course application - this can help with selection for your chosen course.
How applications are assessed
Course applications are assessed on:
- the course entrance requirements
- your educational history and
- your work or other experience.
When a course has limited places, applicants are compared using these criteria to determine selection.
As part of their application, TAFE applicants will be asked to complete a pre training review and in some cases a Language Literacy and Numeracy test. These assessments ensure that the support provided is appropriate to each applicant’s study and learning objectives.