Offers and Opportunities

Didn’t receive an offer?

Some courses are particularly competitive, and the strength of the candidates means that achieving an offer for the course is particularly difficult. Other things to consider:

•     Have you paid your application processing fee? Only paid applicants are eligible for an offer.
•     Did you submit the relevant documentation? Any study claims we couldn’t receive electronically we would have reminded you to submit hard copy documentation.
•     Did you complete prerequisite studies? Even non-Year 12 applicants must complete the relevant prerequisites.
•     Did you achieve the ‘clearly-in’ ATAR? Check the selection data on CourseSearch.
•     Did you complete selection requirements for the course if these were required? E.g. interview, test, personal statement, test, etc.

What now?

Change your preferences for Round 2

Consider and research your course preferences, and if you need to change your preferences before 4pm, Tuesday 31 January 2017. Consider adding pathway courses and backup options for Round 2. Your updated preferences 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 still make offers. Round 2 offers will be emailed to you, and available through your VTAC account from 2pm on Tuesday 7 February 2017.

Supplementary offers

If you do not receive an offer in either the first or second round you may be considered for a supplementary offer. You will need to opt in through your VTAC account. To check and update your permission status, login to your VTAC account then under > Course Offers > Supplementary offer participation.

To be eligible for supplementary offers you need to tick ‘yes’ by 12 noon on Wednesday 8 February 2017. Not sure what a supplementary offer is? Check out the explanation on our Offers FAQ blog.

Leave your preferences as they are

Your application will continue to be considered in the next round.


Pathway courses

Many bachelor 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.

Institutions detail their pathway options in the Institutions section of the VTAC website.

Returning to Year 12 study

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.

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. 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.

Check out tertiary prerequisites for next year in the Prerequisites for 2018 guide 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.

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 can give you access to a range of education and training pathways, including progressions from Certificate I through to Advanced Diploma. Additionally, satisfactory completion of some courses may offer credit towards completion of a Bachelor Degree.

For further information about VET courses, telephone your local VET provider directly or log onto and follow the links to Further Education and Training > Training providers.

Other useful contacts include:

•     State Government of Victoria: Education at
•     FUSE at and follow the prompts to Secondary students
•     Victorian Skills Gateway at
•     Open Universities Australia at


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, the costs involved, and what study results can be achieved.

Apprenticeships and 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.

A pre-apprenticeship training 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 and follow the links to 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

Interstate or Overseas Study

Relocating interstate or overseas may be worth considering. Although not a realistic option for everyone, if you are thinking about it, you can contact the tertiary admissions centre in the state you are applying to for more information.

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 can help you arrange this. Certain universities and institutions within Australia can also provide relevant information, especially those who already have exchange arrangements 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.


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 be proactive. 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.



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