The term ‘mature age’ can be confusing, so we’ll do our best to make the process a little clearer. Here’s a couple of things to keep in mind:
• The course application will ask a number of questions that will determine the type of applicant you are (for example, whether or not you have a Year 12 qualification or are considered a non-Year 12 applicant).
• The concept of ‘mature age’ does not necessarily mean that you will automatically qualify for a course.
• Each institution has their own definition and rules around what it considers mature age, so to be considered on the basis of your age, you will need to apply for Special Consideration (SEAS), specifically Category 1.
The Course Application
You don’t need to declare yourself ‘mature age’ during registration or application. All you need to do is to answer the application questions accurately and it will automatically determine your application category.
When adding courses to your preferences list, it’s important that you make sure you are meeting the correct Selection Criteria for your applicant type (Year 12 or non-Year 12). How do you know which type you are?
• If you completed Year 12 any number of years ago, and have done no further study at or above Certificate IV level since then, you are considered a Year 12 applicant.
• If you didn’t complete Year 12, or if you completed Year 12 and have since attempted or completed any study at or above Certificate IV since then, you are considered a non-Year 12 applicant.
Confused? Check out our video which goes through some examples. If you’re not sure, the simplest way to check is to submit a course application. We will ask you questions online as part of the application process, and tell you at the end which type of applicant you are.
SEAS – The special consideration application: Category 1
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When you apply for SEAS: Category 1, the application considers demographic information you have supplied on your application, including your age. Institutions can use this information as an alternative for some who may not meet the minimum tertiary entrance requirements.
While we recommend that all applicants apply for Category 1 of SEAS, it is especially important for mature age applicants. Without applying for Category 1 of SEAS, institutions have no way of knowing that you are mature age, and won’t be able to grant you any special consideration available on that basis.
To make sure that you qualify for the courses you’re applying to, make sure you follow some of the following as a guide:
1. Check the Selection Requirements of individual courses on CourseSearch to see what else you need to do to support your application.
2. Apply for SEAS, including Category 1 through your VTAC User Account.
3. Check the criteria for SEAS from the institution you’re applying to – for example, some institutions require those applying under mature age consideration (SEAS Category 1) to sit an Admissions Test.
4. Check for other special consideration programs that may be available to you.