Aspire Prepare

Complete micro-subjects during Year 11 or 12 to unlock a La Trobe Entrance Score and an early conditional offer into your dream course.

Applications open: 1 August 2023
Applications close: 3 April 2024

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What’s Aspire Prepare?

Your ATAR is just one way to get into university. At La Trobe, our research has shown that there are other ways to predict your success.

That’s why we’ve created Aspire Prepare: a way into La Trobe where you study three or six micro-subjects that set you up for success in future study, alongside your regular senior school program – so you can unlock a La Trobe Entrance Score to get into your dream course, instead of relying on your ATAR.

Aspire Prepare micro-subjects are 100% free and fully online, and designed to fit into your school commitments - you can study at your own pace through La Trobe University's terms.

Who can apply?

Aspire Prepare is available to:

  • all current Year 11 and 12 students, including ungraded VCE, HSC, IB and VCE Vocational Major students.
  • You must be an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or Permanent Australian Resident to apply.

If you’re a Year 11 or 12 VCE (including unscored), HSC or IB student, you’ll complete three micro-subjects. If your Year 12 studies do not include an English or literacy subject, we may advise you to undertake more micro-subjects to meet this requirement.

If you are taking the VCE Vocational Major, you’ll complete six micro-subjects.

Why apply for Aspire Prepare?

La Trobe Entrance Score

Use your Aspire Prepare subject marks to apply to most courses at La Trobe University.

Early conditional offer

Receive an early conditional offer for your course with your Aspire ATAR, so you can know what your future holds.

100% online, free and flexible

Study online with access to dedicated study support when you need it.

Indigenous student support

Gain additional benefits through the RISE program.

How to apply

Applications are now open

  • Prepare for your application

    When you start your application, you'll find that there are two options:

    • If you're a VCE, HSC, IB student you must select Aspire Prepare Advanced (PAA001O Term 3).
    • If you're a Vocational Major student, you must select Aspire Prepare Intermediate (PAI001O Term 3).

    You will need to let your school know that you intend to undertake Aspire Prepare and give your consent for us to share your progress with your school.

  • Submit your application

    Once you're familiar with the process and meet all requirements, follow the steps on the portal to submit your application.

    When competing your application, you'll also need to include an endorsement from your school. Simply download the Aspire Prepare endorsement form [DOCX 147.8 KB], complete it with your teacher, and attach it to your application.

    Schools and teachers who would like to discuss how this program can support your students’ learning can contact the Academic Director, Widening Participation, Assoc Prof Emmaline Bexley at for more detailed information.

  • Wait for the offer

    Once you’ve submitted your application and all supporting documents, you’ll receive an outcome shortly after application dates have closed.

    We will formalise your early conditional offer with confirmation of your completed VCE, IB, interstate Year 12 or VCE Vocational Major qualification.

    To secure your spot at La Trobe, you must meet all entry requirements and subject prerequisites for the course you're applying for.

What courses are available after I complete Aspire Prepare?

Your conditional early offer will allow you to nominate your chosen La Trobe course by matching your La Trobe Entrance Score or your ATAR (if you receive one), whichever is higher.

You'll be able to apply for all undergraduate courses, except:

  • Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours), (Regional Entry), Bendigo
  • Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours), Bendigo
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical), Bendigo
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical), Albury-Wodonga

Of course, you’ll also need to meet any other requirements for entry such as prerequisites or additional entry criteria (e.g. completion of the CASPer test for teaching courses) and complete the VCE (including unscored), IB or interstate equivalent.

We will calculate a La Trobe Entrance Score based on your Aspire Prepare micro-subject grades, which you can use instead of, or as well as, an ATAR when applying for eligible La Trobe degrees. We’ll use whichever score is higher.

We’ll hold your spot in your course – it’s guaranteed as long as you meet the entry requirements and successfully complete your senior school studies.

What micro-subjects will I study?

Micro-subjects are short university preparation subjects. They provide discipline specific knowledge while teaching tertiary level academic skills.

Each micro-subject consists of approximately 50 hours of learning (including time spent doing assessments) spread over six weeks.

You'll have the option of choosing a science-based or humanities-based stream, so you'll complete micro-subjects in the discipline that interests you.

The table below shows you how your micro-subjects are organised across La Trobe University terms.

VCE/HSC/IB Aspire Prepare students take one subject per term across three terms.

VCE Vocational Major Aspire Prepare students take one subject per term across four terms, and then their final two micro-subjects in La Trobe Term 1 - just in time for Semester 1 entry into your dream course.

La Trobe Terms 2024

Aspire Prepare Advanced

VCE (including unscored), HSC, IB

Aspire Prepare Intermediate

VCE Vocational Major

La Trobe Term 3

22 Apr – 31 May

Humanities and Science Streams:

EDU0CT2: Thinking Critically

Humanities and Science Streams:

EDU0AC1: Academic Culture

La Trobe Term 4

29 Jul – 6 Sep

Humanities Stream:

EDU0CT4: Critical Inquiry


Science Stream:

EDU0ST3: Mathematical Communication

Humanities and Science Streams:

EDU0AC3: Academic Presentations

La Trobe Term 5

16 Sep – 25 Oct

Humanities Stream:

EDU0AC2: Academic Writing


Science Stream:

EDU0ST4: World Changing Science

Humanities and Science Streams:

EDU0CT2: Thinking Critically

La Trobe Term 6

4 Nov – 13 Dec


Humanities and Science Streams:

EDU0MA1: Thinking Mathematically

La Trobe Term 1

Begins early Jan 2025


Humanities Stream:

EDU0AC2: Academic Writing

EDU0CT4: Critical Inquiry


Science Stream:

EDU0ST4: World Changing Science

EDU0ST3: Mathematical Communication


An early conditional offer is an offer to say you have a place reserved for you in the course you’ve applied for, but you will still need to meet any entry requirements that are outlined in your offer.

Yes! You can apply for all Aspire programs you’re eligible for, so you'll increase your chances of getting more than one early conditional offer into your dream course.

However, there are different requirements for each of the programs, so make sure you check that you meet all requirements.

If you don’t receive an offer to Aspire Prepare, don’t worry – you’ll still be considered for entry via the normal VTAC process during round one in January if you received an ATAR.

Alternatively, you can apply for any of the other Aspire programs, provided you can meet the eligibility requirements.

The different streams describe the discipline areas of the micro-subjects that you take, depending on whether you are a VCE (including unscored), HSC, IB, or a VCE Vocational Major student, and whether your interests are in math and science or the arts and humanities.

VCE, HSC or IB students

If you’re a Year 11 or 12 VCE, HSC or IB student, you’ll study three micro-subjects:

VCE Vocational Major students

If you’re a VCE Vocational Major student, you’ll study six micro-subjects.

At La Trobe, we believe a great indicator of how you’ll succeed at uni is how well you do in our university programs for school students.

We’ve looked at the performance of numerous students in our pathway programs to allocate a score associated with future performance in degree programs compared to other students.

Our La Trobe Entrance Score can then be matched to the rank you may receive for school studies. The table below shows what average grades you need in your Aspire Prepare studies to gain a La Trobe Entrance Score.

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*This table shows the average mark conversion to a La Trobe Entrance Score for 2022

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