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VTAC Information session: Representatives from VTAC will be hosting a free information session for students and parents in Gisborne. The session provides a complete overview of the VTAC application process and provides the opportunity for questions. Details: Wednesday, 10 August 2016 (7.00pm) Gisborne Secondary College Theatre, Melton Road, Gisborne 
Applications are usually made on the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) website, and open on Mon 1 August, with timely applications closing on 29 Sept (see Students can apply for up to eight courses, placing them in the order they most want them. Students will be offered a place in the highest course in your list where you meet ATAR/Selection/prerequisite requirements.
As we know, some circumstances can affect a student’s academic achievement. Tertiary institutions know this and offer SPECIAL ENTRY ACCESS SCHEME (SEAS) through VTAC application process, others require application to the institution. Note: SEAS applications cannot be completed until a VTAC course application is made. See:
Instructional videos: these outline how to set up a VTAC account, how to search for courses and how the preference system works,
VTAC CourseSearch app: You can search for courses online or offline on your phone or tablet. You can download the app from Google Play or the App Store from August.


La Trobe University’s ASPIRE Program – Applications are open until 31 August. The program recognises the positive impact a student has had on their local community. To help students apply, La Trobe has updated the ‘How to Apply’ page with tips and a sample application.  If successful, most courses have lower ATAR. Go to the Open Day and visit the ASPIRE Hub for help with applications.
ACU offers the Early Achievers Program (EAP), recognising that students have more to offer than academic results. ACU will consider contributions made to the community through school or workplace, community organisations and cultural and/or religious groups. Applications open: Mon 8th  August. See:


All Year 10-12 students should plan to attend University and TAFE Open Days are just around the corner. These are an opportunity to check out campuses and courses which interest you. Year 10 is a great time to commence these visits:

Sun 31 July –   Swinburne University
Sun 7 Aug –     Deakin University  (Warrnambool);
                            La Trobe University (Bundoora);
                            Monash University (Caulfield & Clayton)
Sun 14 Aug –   ACU (Melbourne),
                            La Trobe University (Bendigo);
                            Monash University (Peninsula);
                            RMIT University;
                            William Angliss Institute
Sun 21 Aug –   Box Hill (Lilydale campus):
                            Deakin University (Waterfront & Waurn Ponds);
                            University of Melbourne
Sun 28 Aug –   ACU (Ballarat);
                            Box Hill Institute (Box Hill);
                            Deakin University (Burwood);                                       
                            Federation University;
                            Victoria University (Footscray campus)

GET THE MOST OUT OF OPEN DAYS  – Don’t wander aimlessly….try these ideas:

Get an Open Day Guide, eg from, or, and be there when relevant information sessions are on
Allow enough time for your visit, eg two hours
Speak to staff/students about courses which interest you - note your questions beforehand
Collect information/brochures
Are there Industry based-learning (IBL) opportunities?
Ask about international study opportunities
Consider transport issues
Check the environment where you will study; will you be happy there for three/four years?
What facilities/clubs are offered?
Consider a rural campus - ATAR’s are often lower at rural campuses and they often offer other advantages (eg smaller size/classes).

 Questions you can ask:

Are there any prerequisite subjects I need to study for this course?
What study scores/ATAR do I need to achieve to get into this course?
Do I need to attend an audition, have an interview or present a folio as part of the selection process?
Are there any other ways into this course other than through a VTAC application?
Can I do a vocational course first which might then lead into a university course? What is the difference between TAFE and university study?
If I can’t get into this course, is there a similar course at this institution I can apply for?
What are the core subjects for this course and are there any electives? How many hours per week are spent in class and can I study part time? Can I defer the course?
What kind of jobs do graduates of this course generally get?
Are there scholarships?

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Poppy Ibrahim
Careers & Student Pathways