I’ve found out my ATAR: what are my options?

Now that results have been released, you may have questions about what your options are from here.

First thing’s first: if you haven’t received the ATAR you expected, there still might be a number of ways to get into the course you’ve always wanted to do, or are interested in.

Changing your preferences

You might want to reconsider the courses you have applied for and make amendments to your preference list. You can add, delete and swap courses around on your preferences from 11am Monday 12 December, up until 12 noon (AEDST), Tuesday 20 December.

Institutions run information sessions, and offer change of preference counselling. See our earlier blog Change of Preference: resource guide.

Alternative pathways

Many institutions offer alternative pathways in study programs. If you have a subject or a preferred course that interests you or an institution you wish to attend, you can call the institution and chat with a Pathways Counsellor about your options.

Pathway programs are designed to be another entry into tertiary study. You can enter from various points and exit when you have achieved your desired goal.

For a general overview of pathways and articulation, see our Fact Sheet on Pathways, Credit Transfer and RPL. For more specific advice, contact the institution you’re applying to.

Talk to a careers adviser

A careers adviser at school may be able to provide you with some ideas or suggestions that you haven’t thought about in relation to pursuing further study. Alternatively, your careers teacher might be able to offer some guidance and discuss further options about future study.

You may decide to change direction

You may choose to take a different route altogether. For instance, you might take a gap year to travel, work or explore other options. You can then choose to apply for further study at a later date.

The most important thing is not to give up on something you are truly passionate about; there are always options available to you.

If all of this is getting you down or stressing you out, it’s okay to speak to someone about it. There are many professionals and resources available for you to speak with, including your careers teachers and course advisers at school, universities and TAFEs.

Other services such as Lifeline will also provide you with someone to talk to. Lifeline is a confidential service that has trained counsellors available 24 hours per day, seven days a week. You can reach them on 13 11 14, or visit www.lifeline.org.au.

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