Round 2 Offers

Round 2 Offers will be released tomorrow, Thursday 5 February. They will be emailed throughout the morning to the email address listed on your user account. From 2pm they will be available in your user account.

If you have applied for courses through VTAC, you will automatically be considered, in Round 2, for:

  • Preferences listed higher than an offer you’ve received, or
  • All preferences if you haven’t received an offer

If you want to be considered for preferences which are listed lower on your VTAC course application than an offer you have received or a course that is not on your list of preferences, see the information on Negotiated Offers.

If you have submitted a Negotiated Offer request and it has been accepted, this offer will be formalised in Round 2.

Even if you are eligible there are no guarantees that you’ll receive an offer in the next round. Your chances of receiving an offer in the next round will vary for each course; generally over 80% of offers are made in Round 1. Some courses may fill their quotas in Round 1. Course authorities can only make offers in future rounds if there are places available.

Didn’t receive any offer? You can still opt in to Supplementary Offers until 12pm, Friday 6 February, see this blog for how to do this.

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GET Round 2 offers now available in user account

All round 2 offers for Graduate Entry Teaching (GET) course applications through VTAC are now available online.

You can view offer notifications in the ‘Course Offers’ section of your VTAC user account. You will need your VTAC ID and PIN to login.

VTAC will also send you an email to the email address listed in the ‘Personal Details’ section of your VTAC user account. VTAC no longer sends offer letters to postal addresses.

Received an offer you’re not too sure about? Didn’t receive an offer? Why not try a Negotiated Offer? The negotiated offer form for GET courses will be available until 11am, Friday 13 February 2015, however individual courses may stop accepting negotiated offers before that date. For more information on Negotiated Offers, check out this blog.

Further information about all offers can be found in the ABC of Offers.

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Creating your own opportunities

I didn’t receive an offer. What happens now?

  • The good news is that your application will continue to be processed by VTAC for the next round of offers. At this stage it is hard to tell how many offers will be made in Round 2, some courses may not have filled their quotas. Round 2 offers will be available through your VTAC user account from 2pm, Thursday 5 February 2015.
  • Negotiated offer: You are still eligible to use an Application for a negotiated offer and apply directly to a course not listed on your final list of preferences or one that is lower than the course you have been offered. The negotiated offer application is available from your VTAC user account until Friday 27 February 2015. Further information about this process is available in the negotiated offers blog.
  • Supplementary offers: If you do not receive an offer in either the first or second round you may be considered for a supplementary offer. A supplementary offer means that VTAC has made your application available to courses which still have vacancies, and one of those courses has decided to make you an offer. Make sure that you have given permission on your application for VTAC to distribute your application to institutions. If you want to be considered for all other supplementary offers you must select ‘Yes’ before 12noon, Friday 6 February 2015.

Additional Options

Year 12 courses

If you were not made an offer this year, you may decide to return to school as a continuing year 12 student or a new year 12 student to do further VCE or VCAL studies. This may assist you improve your current ATAR or art and design folio.

Before deciding what to do, talk to your parents, teachers and the course adviser from your local TAFE or university about the best course of action. Where possible, get any advice in writing and make sure you have the name of the person you spoke to.

Before considering going back to do more Year 12 studies, consider whether you are likely to perform better than last year.  You can do this by asking your teachers for their opinion, and by critically assessing your own work.

  • Did you work to your full potential?
  • How much effort did you give to particular studies?
  • Did you waste too much time?
  • Were you easily distracted or disorganised?
  • What is going to change that means you will do better this year, than last?

Consider whether your choice of studies clearly reflected your strengths.

If you return for further VCE studies this year you can check out tertiary prerequisites for next year by referring to the Victorian Tertiary Entrance Requirements (VICTER) 2016 available on the VTAC website.

If returning to secondary school is not an option, there are still a number of other alternatives available:

Adult Community Education Sector

A range of courses are available in the community sector at a location near you. Apart from adult VCE, many community providers offer accredited vocational education courses in a range of areas including information technology, hospitality, social and community services, retail and a host of other courses. In addition, preparatory courses are available including the Diploma in Liberal Arts and Diploma of Further Education. Check the Adult, Community and Further Education website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au and follow the links to Further Education and Training.

VET Courses

The Vocational Education Training (VET) system is a major provider of post-secondary courses. There are many courses available at many locations across Victoria with both part-time and full-time courses available.

VET programs provide you with the opportunity to access a range of education and training pathways; if you successfully complete each level you can progress through a range of qualifications from Certificate I through to Advanced Diploma. In addition to this, satisfactory completion of some courses may enable you to obtain credit towards completion of degree studies in a range of areas.

For further information about VET courses telephone your local VET provider directly or log onto http://www.education.vic.gov.au and follow the links to Further Education and Training > Training providers

Other useful contacts include:

Single-Study Subjects/Continuing Education

Most institutions offer students a chance to study, and be assessed in subjects at tertiary level, outside the normal degree program.

Some people may just wish to pursue studies which interest them, without aiming to complete a degree; others may wish to study at this level to try to improve chances of selection should they wish to apply for entry to a degree program for the following year.

By undertaking a single study subject or Continuing Education course, selection officers are able to assess your actual performance at university level studies rather than your potential performance that are indicated by your VCE results.

Contact individual universities to see what is available, what the costs are and what study results can be achieved.

Pre-apprenticeship training

A pre-apprenticeship course is a stepping stone to get into the industry of your choice. Completion of a pre-apprenticeship course will help to:

  • Prepare you for the working environment in the selected industry;
  • Give you some basic skills, or improve your existing skills; and
  • Pave the way for the learning you will get as part of your apprenticeship.

What pre-apprenticeships are available? There are pre-apprenticeships available for a variety of trades in eleven different industries.

How do I start a pre-apprenticeship? Once you have chosen a pre-apprenticeship course, you can search the TAFE and Training Course Directory to find the training providers that offer it. You can also contact your local training providers directly to find out what pre-apprenticeship courses they offer.

For a list of the different trade industries or to find your local provider go to http://www.education.vic.gov.au and follow the links from Further Education and Training.

Apprenticeships/Traineeships

An apprenticeship or traineeship is a training contract between an employer and an employee in which the apprentice or trainee learns the skills needed for a particular occupation or trade.

An apprenticeship or traineeship can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis and can be used as a valuable stepping stone to start a career in an industry you want to work in.

Why start an apprenticeship or traineeship?

As an apprentice or trainee, you can:

  • Learn valuable, nationally recognised job skills
  • Get paid while learning
  • Combine formal training from a TAFE or training provider with workplace-based training.

For further information about becoming an apprentice or trainee go to www.skills.vic.gov.au and follow the links.

Voluntary work

Voluntary work can be a rewarding way to benefit yourself and the community. By becoming involved in community programs you can improve communication skills, gain valuable work experience and also contribute to those in need. Your local Council can provide advice, or you could contact welfare agencies in your area.

Further information about the types of organisation that use volunteers can be found at http://volunteeringvictoria.org.au/

Interstate or Overseas Study

Relocating interstate or overseas is not a realistic option for everyone however it may be worth considering.

Formal applications for most states would not be possible at this stage, however direct applications and those for mid-year intakes may be available.  You might even like to delay the application until the following year.

Interstate and overseas institutions have different requirements and prerequisites that may better suit your qualifications and /or interests.

If you are considering overseas study, you may like to contact the Consulate or Embassy of the particular country where you would like to study. They generally have advisers who would be able to help you arrange this. Certain universities and institutions within Australia would also have such information, especially those who have arrangements regarding exchanges with universities and institutions in other nations.  If you already know of an institution where you would like to study, you may like to contact them directly.

Preparatory programs

Many Higher Education and VET providers offer a range of preparatory programs. These programs may provide an alternate way into a post year 12 qualification. For a complete list, refer to the VTAC website.

One last thought…

If you do decide to undertake some form of study or training on the assurance of getting into a course or area of work next year, make sure you note down the name of the person you were talking to and confirm any promises or assurances in writing.

The key to creating opportunities is to ask questions, contact tertiary institutions and associated bodies and find out what is available.  While there are no guarantees, the first step can lead to opportunities in the area of your interest.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

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About Selection

VTAC does not select applicants nor does VTAC have the power to influence decisions made by selection authorities at institutions.

The VTAC application and selection system operates on the assumptions that:

  • You have paid your processing fees
  • You have listed your preferences for courses in the order that you most want to get into them

If you are not selected in main round you will be considered equally with all other applicants for the second offer round.

Selection is the responsibility of each institution’s course selection authorities. When considering your application, course authorities take into account selection criteria, including published institutional and course entrance requirements, prerequisite studies, interviews, folios, supplementary forms and so on.  For a list of criteria used by each course, refer to the heading ‘Selection Criteria’ under each course entry.

This evaluation is undertaken by individual course selection authorities for all of your preferences. The VTAC selection system will ensure that you are offered the highest preference course which has accepted your application. If you are not selected in main round you will be considered equally with all other applicants for the second offer round, even if you have accepted an offer for a lower preference course.

 

ATAR and subject bonuses

For courses using the ATAR and subject bonuses about 80% of places are determined by the ATAR alone.

  • Using the list of ranked applicants, course selection officers identify those applicants whose Year 12 results are such that they will receive an offer. These applicants are ‘clearly-in’.
  • Selection officers then eliminate applicants who have not met the course entrance requirements or whose ranking places them well outside the number of places available.
  • The remaining applicants are given further consideration (re-ranked) according to the published subject bonuses and other applicable special entry scheme criteria. These criteria may include performance in specific studies (including those listed as prerequisites), performance in auditions, interviews, portfolios or aptitude tests, consideration for SEAS or for specific equity groups.

Subject bonuses and SEAS consideration varies from institution to institution and from course to course. Further information about the selection criteria can be found under each course entry in CourseSearch on the VTAC website.

A range of criteria (RC)

For courses that do not solely rely on the ATAR and study bonuses, selection is based on a range of criteria including academic results, tests such as the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), interviews, folios, work experience, consideration of personal statement and so on.

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Enrolment

Enrolment is the formal administrative process required by an institution before you can commence a course. Most offers will require you to enrol for the course in order to accept the offer.

Your specific enrolment details will be included in your offer message. You must follow the instructions to enrol.

In some cases you may be required to attend enrolment in person on a specific date and time.

In most cases, you will need to supply photo ID to enrol.

If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, you must provide your Tax File Number (TFN) to enrol. For information about getting a TFN, see the Australian Taxation Office website, www.ato.gov.au or call 13 28 61.

General enrolment dates

Generally, enrolment is held in the last week of January (for Main Round offers) or second week of February (for Round 2 offers)—you should make yourself available for enrolment during this period in case you get an offer.

Your enrolment date

To find your specific enrolment date and time, follow the instructions in your offer message. It’s important that you enrol on time, because in most cases the institution won’t hold the place for you beyond the set date and time.

What if I can’t enrol when I’m supposed to?

If you won’t be able to attend enrolment, you should contact the institution immediately and check whether they will allow an authorised nominee (someone you choose) to enrol on your behalf. If this is possible, you should provide your authorised nominee with the enrolment instructions and the list of subjects you want to enrol in.

Note: Assigning an authorised nominee for enrolment must be authorised by the institution making you an offer. This is a totally separate process to assigning an authorised nominee for your VTAC course application.

What if I miss the enrolment date?

If you don’t enrol by the date and time specified in your offer message, your offer will lapse. However, if you want to accept the offer, you should contact the institution and ask them if a place is still available and whether you are able to enrol late.

The last digit of the course code indicates the fee type for the place you have been offered.

Course codes ending in ‘1’: Commonwealth supported places. Means that you are required to pay only part of the cost of your place in the course because the majority of the cost is paid by the Australian Government (for Commonwealth supported places) and the Victorian Government (for government funded VET places).

Course codes ending in ‘2’: Domestic fee places. There is no contribution from the government. You will be liable for the full cost.

Course codes ending in ‘3’: International fee places. You will be liable for the full cost.

Offers for international fee places were released on the VTAC website at 2pm on Friday, 9 January, 2015.

Course codes ending in ‘4’: VET places with the fee-type not yet determined. Your eligibility for a government-funded place and the fees you are required to pay will be determined by the VET provider at enrolment.

Fee amounts and payments

To find out the amount you are required to pay and the payment options, refer to the tertiary institution that has made you an offer.

For information about government help to pay your fees, see the Study Assist website www.studyassist.gov.au

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Getting your offer

All offers for course applications through VTAC are available online from 2pm, Monday 19 January 2015.

You can view offer notifications in the ‘Course Offers’ section of your VTAC user account. You will need your VTAC ID and PIN to login.

VTAC will also send you an email to the email address listed in the ‘Personal Details’ section of your VTAC user account. VTAC no longer sends offer letters to postal addresses.

Newspapers may also publish your offer from 2pm, 19 January 2015 if they have your permission. You can view your Newspaper offer publication choice in the Course application section of your VTAC user account.

Offers for Graduate Entry Teaching applicants were released on Wednesday, 14 January and International Year 12 offers were released on Friday, 9 January 2015.

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