So you’re at the finishing line of Year 12 and the time has come to chase down your dream course. First up, congratulations on this exciting new chapter. Although the university application process can seem overwhelming at times, we’re here to help you navigate through everything you need to know – starting with VTAC.
WHAT IS VTAC?
If you've been on the search for courses or you're looking at your next steps after leaving school, you've likely come across the term VTAC. But what is it exactly?
The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) is the central hub for applying to tertiary institutions in Victoria, responsible for processing and forwarding course applications to universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary institutions in Victoria. After selections are made by the institutions, VTAC will send out messages of offer to applicants who were successful.
Although VTAC does not decide who gets into a course, most Year 12 students apply for university through VTAC. Plus, they’ll handle a significant portion of the application process, so it’s handy to know how it all works.
WHAT IS AN ATAR?
At Collarts, we're strong believers in passion and personality over your ATAR score, which is why our applicants go through an interview or audition process instead.
This means that instead of looking at your ATAR score, Collarts will base your application on your interview or audition, as long as you have successfully completed Year 12 VCE, VCAL or state equivalent.
But for anyone wondering, The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a number between 0.00 and 99.95, based on a ranking system. The ATAR is commonly used by other universities to help them select which students to accept into their courses.
VTAC calculates and issues ATAR scores for current Victorian Year 12 students. Your VCE study scores, ATAR and VTAC Scaled Study Scores will be available via the ATAR app and Results and Atar website in December.
If you'd like to view your results online, you can head here and follow the instructions.
VTAC COURSE CODES
A VTAC Course Code is a 10 digit code that helps identify each course from another. The code will be required on your application so it's a good idea to have it on hand while applying.
You can find your code by searching for your course online, and it'll generally be listed next to the course's key information such as course dates and duration.
WHAT ARE 'OFFERS' AND 'PREFERENCES'?
When applying for a course through VTAC, you can pop down up to eight preferences which is essentially a list of all the courses you'd be interested in studying. Please note that you will need to list these in order from your most preferred choice of course to your least preferred.
Once you've submitted your application and completed the interview or audition process, you may receive an offer via email to study one of the courses you listed on your preferences. (Cue the celebrations, as this means you've officially been accepted into the course!)
To accept your course offer, you must enrol into the course online, following the process listed in your offer email. If you'd like to take a break from studying in the meantime and accept the course at a later time, you may also choose to defer your offer for up to one year, which means your spot will be placed on hold until then.
WHO'S ELIGIBLE TO APPLY THROUGH VTAC?
Most current Australian Year 12 students who are successfully completing their VCE, VCAL or equivalents are able to apply through VTAC for courses, given you have met citizenship and residency requirements.
Once you’ve ticked this off, you’ll need to create a VTAC user account by visiting their website.
THE SPECIAL ENTRY ACCESS SCHEME (SEAS)
Students who may be experiencing educational disadvantages can apply for a special consideration application. Special consideration claims are processed by VTAC through the SEAS application.
SEAS gives you extra points added on to your ATAR score based on different circumstances you may have had to deal with during the school year. As Collarts does not take your ATAR score into account, we also do not require SEAS applications.
If you'd like to find out more info on SEAS application requirements, head here.
HOW TO APPLY FOR COURSES
VTAC applications are made online and allows you to apply for up to eight courses in order of preference. However you’ll only receive one offer in each ‘offer round.’
Course applications open on 1st August at 9am and close 29th September at 5pm for timely applications. Before starting your application, make sure you’ve had a look through the course requirements and course requisites for the course/s you’d like to apply for.
Also have your details ready to go, including your educational history, student numbers and any other information that may be required. Check out our VTAC blog where we flesh out the application process step by step.
Need a hand on the application process? Ask us a question.