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Our Info Evenings may be over, but we’re still here if you need advice! Contact us anytime to book a one-on-one and keep an eye out for future events and advice nights.
You’re one (big) step closer to making your dream a reality!
If you’re a gap year, mature age, international or postgrad student and there’s just one course you want to apply for, you can apply directly to us right now.
It’s quicker, can be done anytime and there is no fee to apply!
However, if you’re applying to more than one course, you’ll have to apply through VTAC.
If you have previously created a VTAC account this year, we cannot process your application directly so you’ll also have to apply through VTAC.
If you’re a current Year 12 student, you’ll also need to apply through VTAC by putting in your preferences. Be quick though – the later you leave it, the more you’ll have to pay. Plus, it’ll be one less deadline to worry about.
We’re glad you asked. Free TAFE for Priority Courses is a Victorian Government Initiative that will pay your tuition fees, if eligible, to study one of 20 non-apprenticeship courses and 17 apprenticeship pathway courses from 1 January in 2019. These include the Diploma of Nursing, Certificate IV in Engineering and Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pre-apprenticeship) among others.
You may be eligible if you are:
- Under 20 years old, or
- Enrolling in a course at a higher level than you have completed before.
If you don’t fit in to either of these, you could still have a chance! There are other eligibility factors too. Check out our handy explainer for more details.
Firstly, are you sure you need to apply through VTAC? (Remember if you’re a gap year, mature age, international or postgrad student and there’s just one course you want to apply for, you can apply directly to us right now.)
If you do have to apply for VTAC, don’t worry – you’re not too late. You’ve still got time to apply for the courses you want. But you will have to pay a higher fee.
Very late course applications are open until 5pm on 7 December, although the fee has gone up to $137.
For more info, visit the VTAC website.
Firstly, don’t worry. You’re definitely allowed to change your mind! In fact, you can change it as often as you’d like during the Change of Preference period at no cost, as long as you pay attention to the dates listed on the VTAC website.
Finding it all a bit overwhelming? Book a one-on-one with us or keep an eye out for our Change of Preference expo in December.
It’s never a nice feeling when things haven’t gone to plan. But don’t fixate on it. Light a candle, put on your favourite song, go for a walk, or even just scroll through your Insta for a bit. Anything that will take your mind off it. There are always ways to get to where you want to go and you’re certainly not defined by a number on a piece of paper.
There are many pathways you can take to study at Swinburne, including advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates. Come chat to us about all your options.
Your ATAR is what will be considered for most bachelor degrees. You’ll hear two types of ATARs being talked about – a Guaranteed ATAR and Minimum ATAR.
If you achieve an ATAR that is equal to or higher than a published Guaranteed ATAR, AND meet all other entry requirements, congrats – you’ll be guaranteed an offer!
If your ATAR is below a Guaranteed ATAR and you meet all other entry requirements, we’ll still consider your application, but cannot guarantee an offer. Got questions or want to talk options if this happens? Chat with us one-on-one.
If you achieve an ATAR (including adjustment factors such as SEAS) that meets a published Minimum ATAR, you will be considered for a place, but an offer isn’t guaranteed. Anyone with an adjusted ATAR below this minimum won’t be considered. (But don’t worry – there are always options to get where you want to go!)
Applications for the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS), which grants special consideration for things like financial circumstances, health, and other factors, have now closed.
Applied and want to see how it could make a difference to your ATAR? Have a play with our handy SEAS calculator.
Some of our courses, including design, architecture, education, nursing and engineering practice, have extra requirements in addition to your ATAR. This could mean an interview, a folio or another kind of task. Check the course requirements very carefully to make sure you don’t have a last-minute panic the day before applications close.
Need help? Give us a call.
The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is an aptitude test that we sometimes use as an alternative result to consider you for a place in a course. Applications to sit the STAT have now closed for 2018.
It may be suitable for you if you’re a mature-age applicant who doesn’t have a recent or standard Year 12 qualification, you completed your previous study outside of Australia, didn’t gain a satisfactory ATAR or you’re applying to a course for which STAT scores are taken into consideration.
There are two types – the STAT Multiple Choice and the STAT Written English test. Which one is required depends on the course you’re applying for. You can take the STAT at a test centre in your state, or online if you’re overseas or unable to get to a test centre. They cost $145 each to sit.