Creating your own opportunities

Not everyone will receive a course offer today. If your name doesn’t appear in the newspaper or on the website supplement, you can:

•    Check the permissions section of your VTAC user account to ensure that you have given VTAC permission to release your name to the newspapers.
•    Check your email for offer advice
•    Check your VTAC user account for your offer advice.

You didn’t receive an offer – what happens now?

Your application will continue to be processed for Round 2:
The good news is that your application will continue to be processed by VTAC for the next round of offers. At this stage it is hard to tell how many offers will be made in Round 2, but some courses may not have filled their quotas. Round 2 offers will be available through your VTAC user account from 2pm on Thursday 4 February 2016.

Supplementary offers:
If you do not receive an offer in either the first or second round you may be considered for a supplementary offer, but please make sure that you have ‘ticked’ the correct box on your application and given VTAC permission to distribute your application to other courses with vacancies. If you want to be considered for all other supplementary offers you must select ‘Yes’ before 12 noon Friday 5 February 2016.

Change your preferences before the next round:
Remember, you can change your preferences before the next round. If you haven’t received an offer, you will be considered for all twelve preferences in Round 2. Further information about this process is available in the FAQ blog about Offers.

Additional Options

Pathway courses

Many degree courses have associated diploma courses that lead into the degree course, often with advanced standing granted, and sometimes with guaranteed entry. If you had your heart set on a particular degree course, contact the institution and ask about the best pathway into that course. You can then change your preferences to add that pathway course to your preferences.

For more information check out the Institutional pathways section of the VTAC website.

Year 12 courses

If you were not made an offer this year, you may decide to return to school as a continuing Year 12 student or a new Year 12 student to undertake further VCE or VCAL studies. This may assist you to improve your current ATAR or art and design folio.

Before deciding what to do, talk to your parents, teachers and the course adviser from your local TAFE or university about the best course of action. Where possible, get any advice in writing and make sure you have the name of the person you spoke to.

Before considering going back to do more Year 12 studies, consider whether you are likely to perform better than last year. You can do this by asking your teachers for their opinion, and by critically assessing your own work. For example:

•    Did you work to your full potential?
•    How much effort did you give to particular studies?
•    Did you waste too much time?
•    Were you easily distracted or disorganised?
•    What is going to change to ensure you will do better this year?

Consider whether your choice of studies clearly reflected your strengths. Keep in mind, if you do decide to complete further VCE studies, depending on your performance in future studies and permissible study combinations, your ATAR may or may not be recalculated.

If you return for further VCE studies this year you can check out tertiary prerequisites for next year by referring to the Victorian Tertiary Entrance Requirements (VICTER) 2018 available on the VTAC website.

Returning to study not an option?

Adult Community Education Sector: A range of courses are available in the community sector at a location near you. Apart from adult VCE, many community providers offer accredited vocational education courses in a range of areas including information technology, hospitality, social and community services, retail and a host of other courses. In addition, preparatory courses are available including the Diploma in Liberal Arts and Diploma of Further Education. Check the Adult, Community and Further Education website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au and follow the links to Further Education and Training.

VET Courses: The Vocational Education Training (VET) system is a major provider of post-secondary courses. There are many courses available at many locations across Victoria with both part-time and full-time courses available.

VET programs provide you with the opportunity to access a range of education and training pathways; if you successfully complete each level you can progress through a range of qualifications from Certificate I through to Advanced Diploma. In addition to this, satisfactory completion of some courses may enable you to obtain credit towards completion of degree studies in a range of areas.

For further information about VET courses, telephone your local VET provider directly or log onto http://www.education.vic.gov.au and follow the links to Further Education and Training > Training providers.

Other useful contacts include:

•    Victoria Online at vic.gov.au/education.html
•    FUSE at https://fuse.education.vic.gov.au and follow the prompts to Secondary students
•    Open Universities Australia at http://www.open.edu.au/
•   Victorian Skills Gateway at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/victorianskillsgateway/Pages/home.asp

 

Single-Study Subjects/Continuing Education

Most institutions offer students a chance to study, and be assessed in subjects at tertiary level, outside the normal degree program.

Some people may just wish to pursue studies which interest them, without aiming to complete a degree; others may wish to study at this level to try to improve chances of selection should they wish to apply for entry to a degree program for the following year.

Contact individual universities to see what is available, what the costs are and what study results can be achieved.

Apprenticeships/Traineeships

An apprenticeship or traineeship is a training contract between an employer and an employee in which the apprentice or trainee learns the skills needed for a particular occupation or trade.

Pre-apprenticeship training: A pre-apprenticeship course is a stepping stone to get into the industry of your choice. Completion of a pre-apprenticeship course will help to prepare you for the working environment in the selected industry and give you some basic skills, or improve your existing skills; and pave the way for the learning you will get as part of your apprenticeship.

An apprenticeship or traineeship can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis and can be used as a valuable stepping stone to start a career in an industry you want to work in. As an apprentice or trainee, you can learn valuable, nationally recognised job skills, get paid while learning; and combine formal training from a TAFE or training provider with workplace-based training

For a list of the different trade industries or to find your local provider for more information on Apprenticeships, Traineeships and pre-apprenticeship training, go to http://www.education.vic.gov.au and follow the links from Further Education and Training.

Voluntary work

Voluntary work can be a rewarding way to benefit yourself and the community. By becoming involved in community programs you can improve communication skills, gain valuable work experience and also contribute to those in need. Your local Council can provide advice, or you could contact welfare agencies in your area.

Further information about the types of organisation that use volunteers can be found at http://volunteeringvictoria.org.au/

Interstate or Overseas Study

Relocating interstate or overseas is not a realistic option for everyone however it may be worth considering.

If you are considering overseas study, you may like to contact the Consulate or Embassy of the particular country where you would like to study. They generally have advisers who would be able to help you arrange this. Certain universities and institutions within Australia would also have such information, especially those who have arrangements regarding exchanges with universities and institutions in other nations. If you already know of an institution where you would like to study, you may like to contact them directly.

Finally

If you do decide to undertake some form of study or training on the assurance of getting into a course or area of work next year, make sure you note down the name of the person you were talking to and confirm any promises or assurances in writing.

The key to creating opportunities is to ask questions, contact tertiary institutions and associated bodies and find out what is available. While there are no guarantees, the first step can lead to opportunities in the area of your interest. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

 

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