Should I apply for Special Consideration SEAS?

Submitting your Mid-Year application and not sure if you qualify for SEAS or special consideration? Read on, it may be easier than you think.

What is SEAS?

The Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) is for applicants who have experienced a long-term educational disadvantage. SEAS is an umbrella program run by most institutions.

Some institutions run their own schemes, these are referred to as Special Consideration schemes. A list of these can be found here on the VTAC website.

How to apply for SEAS?

When you apply through VTAC (that is, you have registered and submitted a minimum of one preference), you are able to apply for SEAS. It is activated through your VTAC User Account.

There are 6 different categories within the application, for applicants to detail the disadvantage they have experienced.

Applicants can apply to all of the categories that are relevant to their situation. However the requirements for documentation, personal statements and Statements of Support must be fulfilled for each category.

How can SEAS help?

A SEAS application will take into consideration the circumstances of disadvantage experienced.

At an institutional level, each institution the applicant is applying to will assess the application, consider the circumstances and apply their selection policy.

A SEAS application does not change results or qualifications already achieved, it enables selection officers to consider the circumstances that may have affected your educational progress.

What doesn’t SEAS do?

Submitting a SEAS application doesn’t mean that you are exempt from meeting the selection requirements of the course. You will still be required to attend all interviews or auditions, sit any tests required, submit all folios and fill out required forms.

How does SEAS affect offers?

Submitting a SEAS application doesn’t mean that you are guaranteed an offer. Selection officers may take into consideration your educational disadvantage when ranking eligible applicants for a course.

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What is an Admissions Test?

Admissions Tests are used as a form of assessment to determine your competency, ability to analyse, understand and to think critically about issues. A course may use an admissions test as a basis for selection.

VTAC runs exams for the Australian Law Schools Entrance Test (ALSET) and the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) in both Multiple Choice and Written English formats.

The ALSET is a requirement for Deakin Law courses, however only some applicants will need to sit the ASLET. Deakin provides more information on this page on their website.

If an Admissions Test is listed as a Selection Requirement in the course entry in CourseSearch, this means that it is necessary to complete the test in order to be considered for a place in the course.

Sitting a STAT may only be a requirement for some applicants (depending on previous experience and studies) so check carefully.

The STAT and ALSET are not requirements for students currently studying a year 12 program, who are applying to a Victorian institution.

The rules around STAT exams change from state-to-state, so if you’re applying to an institution outside of Victoria, it is possible that you will need to sit a STAT. Check the institution you’re applying to.

If you have read all of the information available on the course and it’s still not clear to you whether you need to sit an Admissions Test, contact the institution directly as to whether you need to sit or not and get their response in writing.

VTAC has a fairly strict refund policy, so if you incorrectly book a test without checking first, you may not be eligible for a refund.

Preparation
If you are a bit nervous, have not sat an exam in a while or are looking for some assistance, you may want to consider attending a STAT Multiple Choice Workshop. VTAC will be holding full-day workshops that coincide with the test sitting dates. Check out this page on the VTAC website for information.

The next workshop will be held on Saturday 10 May 2014.

There are practice questions available in the Candidate Information Booklet and more available for purchase from ACER.

STAT and ALSET dates
Scheduled sitting dates and times can be found on the VTAC website. There are both regional and metro sittings for Mid-Year applications. See When and Where: STAT and When and Where: ALSET.

How to book an Admissions Test
Admissions Tests are booked through your user account. First register for a user account and then log in to book a session.

Other Admissions Tests
For information on other admissions tests, such as the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT), the International Student Admissions Test (ISAT) and the VETASSESS, please visit their respective websites.

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Am I considered Mature Age?

Returning to study? The term “mature age” can be confusing, so we’ll do our best to make the process a little clearer.

  • There is only one application – everyone completes the same course application.
  • The course application will ask a number of questions that will determine the type of applicant you are (for example, whether or not you have a year 12 qualification or are considered a Non-Year 12 applicant)
  • The concept of ‘mature age’ does not necessarily mean that you will automatically qualify for a course.
  • Each institution has their own definition and rules around what it considers mature age, so to be considered on the basis of your age, you will need to apply for Special Consideration (SEAS), specifically Category 1.

The Course Application

You don’t need to declare yourself ‘mature age’ during registration or application. All you need to do is to answer the application questions accurately and it will designate your application category.

The only place it will be important to differentiate yourself between someone who has a year 12 qualification or someone who has no other education, will be when you look at the Selection Requirements you need to meet for the course/s you’re applying for.

SEAS – The special consideration application: Category 1

Personal information and location

When you apply for SEAS: Category 1 the application considers demographic information you have supplied on your application. Including age. Institutions use this information as an alternative for some who may not meet the minimum tertiary entrance requirements.

For example, let’s say that you’re 21. You have no formal study, but you want to apply for a bachelor degree. How do Universities separate you from all of the other applicants? How can you prove you’re special? Will you complete the course? Will you be successful in the course?

By applying to Category 1 of SEAS, you are declaring that:

  • You may not have the specific assessable formal education required for the course
  • You may have studied a long time ago
  • You may have no other educational qualification but you do have relevant work experience

To make sure that you qualify for the course/s you’re applying to, make sure you follow some of the following as a guide:

  1. Check the Selection Requirements of individual courses on CourseSearch to see what else you need to do to support your application.
  2. Apply for SEAS, including Category 1 through your user account.
  3. Check the criteria for SEAS from the institution you’re applying to – for example, some institutions require those applying under mature age consideration (SEAS, Category 1) to sit an Admissions Test.
  4. Check for other special consideration programs that may be available to you.
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Mid-Year Applications now open!

Mid-year applications are now open! Register for a user account and start choosing from courses that offer mid-year intake.

It is still possible to look at courses from Main Round (earlier this year) as a guide for Main Round 2015.Mid-Year CourseSearch Archived CourseSearch

For more information, check out this blog from last week.

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Mid-Year Applications open next week

Thinking of applying for tertiary education, but don’t want to wait until 2015? You may be in luck. Mid-year applications open next week at 12noon, Monday 14 April.

Many institutions offer mid-year entry options, with study commencing in July 2014.

There is a list of institutions that accept mid-year intake, on the VTAC website.

Reactivation of your 2013 account

If you applied in 2013 and would like to apply again, you can ‘reactivate’ your account in the system. All of the information you supplied on your application in 2013 Main Round (that is, for offers in January 2014), will still be available on your account. Reactivation is only $19.

What this also means, is that if you had a Special Consideration (SEAS) application, by reactivating, you can use your original SEAS application to complete SEAS for your Mid-Year application.

Keep in mind that personal statements will need to be re-written.

New applicant?

If you are new to VTAC, register to get a VTAC user account (after 12noon Monday 14 April). Once you’ve registered, through your user account you can fill in your Personal Statement and book an Admissions Test (if they are requirements), and apply for Special Consideration (SEAS).

The course application fee for new applicants is $42.

Why VTAC?

The biggest advantage of applying for courses through VTAC, is that you can apply for up to 8 courses in mid-year with just one application.

For a comprehensive list of key dates, check out the Dates and Fees page on the VTAC website.

Mid-year Admissions Test sittings will be held in Bendigo, Burwood and Geelong. See the Admissions Tests page for information on the exam process.

Stay up to date throughout the application process, by subscribing to this blog and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Mid-Year applications open in April

The 2013/14 Main Round application period is drawing to a close. Congratulations to all applicants who received an offer and all the best for your studies in 2014.

Didn’t receive an offer this time around? Mid-year entry is just around the corner and it’s never too late to prepare!

The next round of applications will be for Mid-Year entry 2014 and will open on Monday 14 April 2014 at 9am.

Not all courses accept mid-year intake, so be sure to check with the institution you’re interested in applying to.

Some courses may require you to sit an Admissions Test as part of their application process. If you know the course or institution you want to apply to, we recommend you check with them as to the Extra Requirements of the course. There is information about booking a STAT and ALSET on the VTAC website that you may find helpful.

You may be able to apply for Special Consideration (SEAS) for mid-year entry, too.

Keep in mind some of the key dates for Mid-Year applications:

Mid-Year Applications open                      9am       Monday 14 April 2014

Mid-Year Applications close                      5pm       Friday 6 June 2014

Mid-Year Admissions Tests                                      Saturday 24 May 2014

Mid-Year Offers released – Round 1        12pm     Friday 20 June 2014

For a comprehensive list of key dates, check out the Dates and Fees page on the VTAC website.

Important information will be posted on this blog throughout the application process. Stay up-to-date by subscribing to this blog and by following VTAC on Twitter and Facebook.

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Second Round Offers Released

Round two offers were released today at 2pm to applicants through their VTAC user account.

If you missed out in the first round of offers in January or if you are hoping for a course higher on your preference list, or if you have been approved for a Negotiated offer, today is the day to check the second round offers being made by participating institutions.

Applicants who have given VTAC permission to release their names to the press are also now able to access their offers via the metropolitan newspaper websites.

The newspaper supplements list domestic applicants who have been made an offer to undergraduate courses through VTAC in February 2014 (including applicants who have received a Negotiated offer).

You are eligible to receive an offer in this round:

  • if you have not yet received an offer
  • for courses higher on your list of preferences than the one offered to you in round one
  • if you submitted an application and was granted a Negotiated offer by an institution.

The Offer Process

The process for accepting, rejecting or deferring your round two offer is the same as the process for round one.

If you did not receive an offer in round one, refer to the offers FAQ page on the VTAC blog for further information on how to accept, reject or defer your round two offer.

Accepting an offer is completed by officially enrolling in the course. Enrolment instructions are included in your offer message through your VTAC user account at www.vtac.edu.au. Go to the ‘course offers’ tab to check your offer status.

Not attending the enrolment day indicates to the institution that you do not wish to accept the offer. If you wish to defer the offer, contact the institution to find out if the course offers deferment and what their procedure is. For information on deferment policies at institutions see the VTAC website.

If you have already accepted an offer in an earlier round and wish to accept a round two offer instead, you must first enrol in the course offered to you in the second round. You must then contact the course you accepted in the first round and advise them of your intention to withdraw your enrolment. Depending on the institution, most, if not all of your enrolment fee will be refunded.

For further information, refer to the ABC of Offers

What if I did not receive an offer?

Supplementary offers

VTAC runs a supplementary offer process after Round 2 which is available to applicants who:

  • have not received an offer in any of the previous offer rounds (Early (November 2013), Round 1, Round 2, 2014)
  • have not been granted a Negotiated offer and
  • have given VTAC permission to release their application to all courses with vacancies.

If you want to be considered for all other supplementary offers you must select ‘Yes’ before 9am Monday 10 February 2014.

You can check your supplementary offer participation permission status in the course offers section of your VTAC user account.

After course selection authorities have considered your application they will advise VTAC whether they wish to offer you a place in a course. Supplementary offers will be processed weekly during February. VTAC will advise you if you receive supplementary offers via your VTAC user account.

You may receive more than one supplementary offer, and from courses that are not on your list of preferences. You will need to choose which offer to accept—you should not accept more than one offer. To accept an offer you must follow the instructions in your offer message.

Irrespective of whether or not you have accepted, declined or deferred an offer, if you have received an offer in any of the previous rounds you will not be eligible for a supplementary offer.

Mid-year Entry

There is an opportunity to apply to VTAC for mid-year entry into courses. A number of courses will have places available for entry in second semester. Applications are open between April and June. An online supplement will be available in April at www.vtac.edu.au listing the courses available and their requirements.

Other Options

If you decide to return to school, it is important to discuss additional VCE studies with a VCE coordinator or careers practitioner. Also check the 2015 Victorian Tertiary Entrance Requirements booklet (VICTER 2015) in order to ensure that you select the correct prerequisite studies for the tertiary course(s) you intend applying for next year.

Other options available may be to combine study and work experience (paid and voluntary), to study a short course at TAFE or to enter the full-time job market.

Finally, when seeking advice from institutional representatives always remember to note the name of the person you spoke to. It is also a good idea to request information in writing so that there can be no misunderstandings. Good luck!

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