Apply through VTAC or UAC
If you’re a year 12 student you’ll usually lodge an application via the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC ) or the University Admissions Centre (UAC). Your application will then be assessed based on your year 12 results when they’re released.
If you’re not a year 12 student you may still apply through the VTAC or UAC systems however you may be selected for your course based on your TAFE or prior university results. If you haven’t studied before, you may be need to complete the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through VTAC or UAC or apply through our Work Recognition Program or Entry schemes.
Completing your application
Step 1: Choose your course
Step 2: Check your course requirements
Once you’ve found the course you want to study, check the course prerequisites and extra requirements sections for your course. If you don’t meet all the requirements, browse our Entry schemes and Pathways to find an option that’s best to you.
Contact us to get personal advice on how to get into the course you want.
Step 3: Consider your entry pathways
Include a 'pathway' option on your VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre) preferences to improve your chance of doing your top course.
Example: You want to get into the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, which last year had an ATAR of 80.05. You expect your ATAR will be around 75, so you put the Bachelor of Science with an ATAR of 60 as your second preference. This way, if you miss out on the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, you can accept an offer to the Bachelor of Science, get good marks in your first year and transfer into the second year of biomedical sciences.
Use the ATAR wizard to plan your pathways into your top course.
There are also other options to help you get into university, even if you didn't finish Year 12 or get the marks you wanted. You could get special consideration to reduce the ATAR you need, do a short program to prepare for uni, get another qualification that will take time off your degree, or several other options.
Step 4: Apply through VTAC or UAC
Step 5: Get your ATAR and consider your preferences
If you’re a year 12 student you’ll receive your ATAR in December. At this point, you can choose to change your preferences should you wish.
If you’re not a year 12 student you can change your preferences at any time before the deadline.
Step 6: Receive your offer
Offers come out in a number of rounds. You will be made an offer based on your preferences, your ATAR and how well you met any other course requirements. Find out how offers work.
Step 7: Accept and enrol
Tips for completing your application
- The VTAC and UAC application systems allow you to apply for courses at multiple universities within one application.
- You’ll create a list of ‘preferences’ from the course/s you wish to apply for – it’s a good idea to put your dream course first and follow it with pathway courses in case you don’t get the marks you want.
- You will have the opportunity to revise your preferences in December when you receive your ATAR.
- You can apply for scholarships, and complete course-specific extra requirements within the VTAC or UAC systems.
- VTAC and UAC will also assess whether you’re eligible for special consideration.
If you have questions, get in touch with our Future Students team. We’re here to help.