VTAC CourseSearch and prerequisite search

VTAC CourseSearch is an online search tool that allows users to search for over 1,000 different types of courses. CourseSearch is your most accurate list of courses and course information.

Using CourseSearch you can:

  • search for courses using a keyword or course code
  • filter searches to just include they keyword from the course name/qualification title
  • create a range of short lists for further reference
  • export a search, save a short list of courses to send to one or more people by email
  • tailor searches to an institution, type of qualification and field of interest
  • develop a range of study plan scenarios for year 10 and 11 students and check prerequisites for 2018 (Year 10) and 2017 (Year 11) and print them for future reference

CourseSearch 2016

Prerequisite CourseSearch

The newest feature for 2016 is Prerequisite CourseSearch.

To use the prerequisite search, just start typing in the first few letters of a VCE or VCE VET study and then select the subject from the drop down menu. Once selected the program begins to build.

CourseSearch Prerequisite 2016


Once a program or part program is complete, choose the year in which the student intends to apply for courses:

  • 2016 (current year 12 students)
  • 2017 (current year 11 students)
  • 2018 (current year 10 students)

There is also an opportunity to include an ATAR range, although this is not compulsory.

CourseSearch ATAR rangeOnce the list has been created, users can short list courses and email them to themselves, or PDF the page and email for future reference.

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VTAC eGuide 2016 now available

The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre is pleased to announce the release of The VTAC eGuide 2016, a digital version of the VTAC Guide. The VTAC eGuide 2016 is available for purchase at $4.99 (incl. GST) from the Apple iBooks Store and the Google Play Store.

System requirements

Apple iBooks: To view this book, you must have an iOS device (iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch) with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 4.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

The devices accessing the book will need to be connected to an Apple ID which can purchase apps, books and other content from the iTunes Store.

Google Play Books: An Android device capable of running the Google Play Books app (specifications and version of Android required vary by device, but an Android 3.0+ tablet is recommended).

Google Play Books is also available on the Chrome Web Store, as an app for the Google Chrome web browser.

The Google Play Books app is also available for iOS. It requires iOS 7.0 or later, and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The Google Play apps will need to be logged in to your Google Account.

Network requirements: You will need an active internet connection to purchase and download the book, although it can be viewed offline once the download is complete.

The size of the eGuide can be quite large (up to 108 MB on iBooks), so it is recommended that you have a fast and stable network connection if possible. The iBooks version is larger than the version on Google Play, so if your network’s speed or data allowance may be problematic, you may prefer to download the Google Play version on iOS.

The book can be downloaded over 3G or 4G cellular connections, but be aware of the speed and impact on the data allowance of your account.

Buying and downloading the VTAC eGuide on iBooks

  1. Open the iBooks app on your iOS device or Mac.
  2. Search for ‘vtac’ and click on VTAC eGuide 2016.
  3. In the search results or in the info sheet, tap or click on the price “$4.99” and then “Buy Book” to confirm your purchase – you will probably need to enter your iTunes Store password or Touch ID at this point.
  4. Wait for the book to download into your iBooks library – it should take about 15 minutes to fully download, but your time may vary depending on the speed and reliability of your connection. If you download to your computer in iBooks on the Mac or iTunes in Windows, you can transfer or sync the book to your devices using iTunes.


Buying and downloading the VTAC eGuide on Google Play

  1. Use a web browser on your computer or device, go to the Google Play Books Store at https://play.google.com/store/books?hl=en
  2. Search for ‘vtac’, and the VTAC publications will appear.
  3. Click on VTAC eGuide 2016 and then the “$4.99 Buy” button (this may say “$4.99 $3.69 Buy” if it is on special in the store), and follow the payment instructions to pay from your Google Wallet.
  4. The VTAC eGuide will now be activated for your Google Account. You can read it in the browser, or download it to the Google Play Books app on Android, iOS or Chrome. It should take 6-8 minutes to download depending on the speed and reliability of your network connection.


Interactivity and navigation

External hyperlinks to websites will work in both versions of the eGuide. iOS devices and Macs will open the link in the Safari browser. The Google Play Books app pens web links in an in-app browser window.

Internal links, such clicking on an item in the table of contents to jump to that page, will work in iBooks but not in the Google Play Books app.

Clicking on links in the web viewer of Google Play Books will not directly open the link, but will bring up a contextual menu allowing you to search for the web link in Google.


Click on the Navigation icons in the apps to access the following navigation options:

  • Page thumbnails
  • Section headings
  • Personal bookmarks

Additionally, clicking on a chapter or section in the table of contents on pages 3 and 4 will jump to that section of the book (iBooks only).


Note-taking and highlighting are not supported in the iBooks and Google Play apps. The Google Books web viewer does allow note-taking and highlighting.


All apps allow you to enter a word or search term which will be found throughout the eGuide – this can include course codes, other course search keywords like course names or major studies.


iBooks and the Google Books web viewer and Chrome web app allow selection of terms and phrases to be searched for in the rest of the book, on the web, or in Wikipedia, or defined in the device’s built-in dictionary.

Copying and screenshots

Selection and copying of text is not possible in the iBooks and Google Play apps. The Google Play web viewer does allow selection and copying of text.

Screenshots can be taken of pages in the eGuide, using the combination of buttons to trigger a screenshot on your device or computer.

If you want to annotate the front section of the Guide, you can download a PDF file of this section for free from the Publications section of the VTAC website – this can be annotated and copied using PDF apps such as Adobe Acrobat.


Can I use the VTAC eGuide on more than one device?

Yes, with both the Apple and Google versions, you can download the VTAC eGuide to any device connected to the account used to purchase the book.

Can I look at a sample of the eGuide before I buy it?

Yes, both iBooks and Google Play allow you to download a sample extract of the books for free, so you can ascertain whether the content and functionality meet your requirements.
A PDF file of the front section of the VTAC Guide (excluding institution and course information) can also be downloaded for free from the VTAC website.

Will the eGuide be updated with corrections and course amendments?

Due to the size and complexity of the book and the frequency and volume of amendments, it is not feasible to maintain and provide an updated version of the eGuide on the stores. To keep up-to-date on amendments to VTAC courses, check the list on the VTAC website at http://www.vtac.edu.au/courses-inst/courseupdates.html and subscribe to the VTAC Blog (http://blog.vtac.edu.au/).

I am a careers practitioner at a school. Can my school purchase bulk copies of the VTAC eGuide for our students?

Apple and Google operate bulk purchase programs for educational institutions to provision apps and other store content to devices administered through their device management systems. Unfortunately the Google program is only available in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, not Australia at present. Apple’s program is available in Australia, but has not been tested or proven to work with the VTAC eGuide (if your school is able to volume purchase and provide the eGuide to students in this way, please let us know).

Apple Volume Purchase Program for Education: https://www.apple.com/au/education/it/vpp/

iBooks also allows “gifting” of books to another Apple ID, which may allow small scale purchase on behalf of students or other parties. See https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201783 for information and instructions.

Google Play for Education – Bulk content purchases (not currently available in Australia): https://support.google.com/edu/play/answer/3396716?hl=en

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Reminder: Mid-year applications closing this Friday

Mid-year applications for courses commencing in semester 2 this year are closing at 5pm, this Friday 5 June.

To see which courses are available for mid-year entry, go to CourseSearch on the VTAC website.

Mid-year course applications are available to domestic applicants only, except for international students who are currently studying at the University of Melbourne and are seeking a course transfer within the University.

How to apply

Before you can apply you need to register for a VTAC user account.

If you registered an account last year, you will still be able to access it using your existing user name and password. Accounts registered from August to December 2014 will remain active until the last business day of July 2015.

If you made an application between August and December last year (and paid the application fee) you can reactivate your application for mid-year, however as some courses are not available for mid-year entry you will need to submit a new list of course preferences.

For more information, see How to apply for courses.

Mid-year application deadlines and fees

Mid-year applications close at 5pm on Friday 5 June 2015.
The fee for new applications is $43, while reactivated applications have a fee of $20.
For more information see Dates and fees.

After you apply, check out these recent blog posts for more information:

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Ordering your Preferences

When you submit a course application through your user account, you will have the opportunity to add up to eight different courses to your preference list.

Throughout the Mid-year application period (until the closing date of Friday 5 June) you can change your preferences and add, remove or re-order them as you like.

If you do change your preferences, just remember that for any courses you add, you need to meet Selection Criteria, which can be found in the course listing on CourseSearch.

Always order your preferences in the order you want to take them.

The way that the offer system works is that if you receive an offer, it will always be the highest preference on your list that you’re eligible for, because it assumes that you have ordered your preferences in the order that you want to take the course.

For example, in the example preference list below, if this applicant really wanted to take Journalism over any other course on their preference list, they may potentially be eligible for an offer, but not be offered this course, as they have their first preference of Arts (Extended), indicating that it is the most preferred course. If they receive an offer for Arts (Extended), they will not be eligible for any further offers during the application period.

Ordering preferences

However, if they were made an offer for their second preference, they would still be considered for their higher preferences in the following offer rounds. Although further offers are not guaranteed.

Listing a number of different preferences is a good way to maximise your opportunity to receive course offers, but it’s important that you list them in order that you most want to take them.

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Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Workshops

Not sure about sitting the STAT? Why not try a preparation workshop. Are you sitting the Multiple Choice or Written English STAT?

If you are a bit nervous, have not sat an exam in a while or are looking for some assistance, you may want to consider attending a STAT preparation workshop.

VTAC will be holding a full day Multiple Choice workshop and a half day Written English workshop.

The workshop convener is Dianne Read, an exceptional educator with a wealth of experience in adult education and has helped many people prepare for the STAT. At the workshop:

  Develop test-taking strategies so you walk into the STAT ready to complete 70 questions in 2 hours.
  Avoid the common traps and mistakes that unprepared applicants make.
●  Discover how to create the right psychological mindset
  Learn specific problem-solving strategies for the Quantitative and Verbal questions
  Practice and review Quantitative questions with science and maths contexts
  Practice and review Verbal questions with language and visual contexts
  Understand what the STAT is and how the test is used for admission purposes
  Pull it all together and apply what you’ve learnt in a short practice-test
  Take home a pool of questions to continue your preparation

Multiple Choice STAT workshop
Saturday 16 May 2015, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

Written English STAT Workshop
Sunday 17 May 2015, 9:30am – 1:00pm
Morning tea will be provided.

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), 40 Park Street, South Melbourne, 3205

Full-day Multiple Choice workshop: $145 (incl. GST).
Half-day Written English workshop: $75 (incl. GST)

Tests and workshops bookings are through your user account. First register for a user account and then login to book a session.

There are free practice questions available in the STAT Candidate Information Booklet, and ACER have further questions for purchase from their website.

If you haven’t yet booked your STAT or ALSET, scheduled sitting dates and times can be found on the VTAC website. There are regional and metro sittings for Mid-Year applications. See When and Where STAT and When and Where ALSET.

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Providing Supporting Documentation

Depending on your previous study claims, supporting documentation may be required to verify your qualifications and results. If you have completed studies under a previous name, you will also need to provide proof of name change.

VTAC can match previous study results from some institutions, but not all. If you need to provide additional information or hard copies, you will be prompted during the application process when you make your study claims. You can also check ‘Messages’ tab in your User Account to see if additional documentation is required for any of your study claims after your application and claims have been submitted.

Supporting documentation may also be required for Personal Statements and SEAS applications. For more information, see this blog about Impact Statements and Statements of Support we posted yesterday.

How to submit your documents

Any supporting documentation that you provide needs to be a certified copy of the original document that is clear and easy to read. Examples of how to get documents certified are on this page on the VTAC website, along with some examples of how to provide documents.

The documents need to be sent by mail to: VTAC, 40 Park Street, South Melbourne, Victoria, 3205, Australia. Due to the requirement for certification, VTAC cannot accept documents submitted online or by email.

You can also bring your documents in person to the VTAC office (at the same address).

Once VTAC has processed your documentation, the study claims in your User Account for which you have supplied documentation will appear as ‘Locked and Verified’. This is how you can tell when your documentation has been received and was certified correctly.

In general, VTAC will send you a message through your User Account if there is a problem with documents you have submitted (e.g., they are not certified correctly, or do not substantiate your study claims). However, there might be other situations where VTAC is not able to contact you (e.g., if documents are lost in the mail before reaching VTAC). It is your responsibility as an applicant to ensure the documentation is received, so if your study claims remain ‘unverified’ a couple of weeks after you have sent documents, you should contact VTAC. Your documents are then sent to institutions on your behalf. Once selection has been made and your documents are no longer required, they will be securely destroyed.

It’s really important that your documents reach VTAC by the deadline on your application. For more info, see key dates on the VTAC Website.

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Impact Statement and Statements of Support

When you submit a SEAS application, for most of the categories you will need to provide some sort of evidence to prove or describe your educational disadvantage.

There are two types of statements:

●  Impact statement (provided by you, the applicant)
●  Statement of support (provided by a relevant responsible person, such as a medical professional, or someone with knowledge of the situation that can support your claims)

Impact Statements

An Impact Statement should clearly detail the impact of the disadvantage on your education. The most important thing to communicate in an Impact Statement is the impact of the disadvantage.

Good Impact Statements include information on how the circumstances have had an adverse impact on:

●  your ability to study and perform assessment tasks;
●  your ability to access educational resources; and/or
●  your ability to attend school or tuition.

Good Impact Statements are succinct, honest, and explain the context, date and impact of the disadvantage.

If you do not include this information, your SEAS application may not be considered.

What not to write:

●  Long winded statements or those that read “call me for more information”
●  Blank statements or those that assume a Statement of Support is sufficient
●  Statements that refer to another part of the application, e.g. “see scholarships” or “it’s too hard to explain”
●  Orchestrated statements – be genuine

Statement of Support

A Statement of Support is evidence that supports your SEAS claim.

If you are applying for Category 4 – Disability or medical condition, you should get a Statement of Support from a treating medical practitioner who is familiar with your circumstances and can support your claims and explain how the condition has impacted on your education.

In addition, you can also get a Statement of Support for SEAS Categories 2 and 3 from a responsible person (see the VTAC website for definition of this), to support your claims and can comment on the educational impact.

Applicants should ask those supplying a Statement of Support, to:

●  Clearly outline the situation, or if Category 4, disability or medical condition
●  Include a timeline
●  Outline how you have been educationally impacted

If you need to get a statement from a medical professional, start making appointments now in order to submit your documentation by the deadline of 5pm, Friday 5 June 2015.

Any documentation you supply in hard copy should be accompanied by the correct coversheet (available in your user account). Statements of Support attached to the wrong coversheet (such as Personal Statement or Scholarships) will not be considered.

For all SEAS documentation: evidence and impact is the key.


For further information, check out the SEAS page on the VTAC website, or here for a demonstration SEAS application.

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