How do I know if I'm eligible to apply for courses?
To find out if you're eligible you need to meet:
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee you an offer because you will be competing with other eligible applicants.
1. Tertiary entrance requirements
Tertiary entrance requirements are the minimum level of education you need to have completed in order to be considered for selection into tertiary studies. VTAC is responsible for assessing your minimum tertiary entrance requirement status. This advice is passed on to all of your course preferences. Course selection authorities have the ability to determine whether or not the information is accurate for you and the specific course.
Tertiary entrance requirements for VET courses
Most VET courses have no minimum tertiary entrance requirements, however, in order to progress through each qualification level you may need to meet specific requirements. These requirements may include the successful completion of Year 12, relevant work experience or recognition of prior learning. For further information refer to individual institutional pages and course entries.
Tertiary entrance requirements for undergraduate higher education courses
The minimum tertiary entrance requirements for higher education courses in CourseSearch are satisfactory completion of an Australian or overseas Year 12 program (for example VCE, IB, VCAL, HSC, and equivalents interstate and overseas). This includes the satisfactory completion of the VCE and Units 3 and 4 of one of the following English studies: English, English as an Additional Language, Literature or English Language. Completion must be in sequence and in the same calendar year, unless interrupted study status is granted. For further information see VICTER 2016 and the ABC of Scaling 2016 on the publications page.
You will also meet the minimum requirements if you have previously completed any part of a tertiary qualification at Certificate IV level or higher, or if you will this year (for example, Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree and Degree studies, or overseas equivalents).
To check individual institution's entrance requirements, see the institutional pages.
Only some Higher Education providers will consider senior secondary completion such as Senior VCAL in lieu of VCE completion.
FAQs: Do I meet minimum requirements for higher education courses?
I'm studying the International Baccalaureate (IB). Am I eligible?
If you satisfy the requirements for the award of the International Baccalaureate diploma you will meet minimum tertiary entrance requirements Australia wide.
I'm studying Year 12 interstate. Am I eligible?
If you meet minimum tertiary entrance requirements for all universities in your home state, you will meet minimum tertiary entrance requirements in Victoria. Note that an English study is required for entry to many courses. For the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) calculation and university admission under the home state rule, all ATARs are treated as equivalent between states.
I studied Year 12 a few years ago. Am I eligible?
If you successfully completed any previous standard Australian Year 12 qualification (in Australia or overseas), you will meet the minimum tertiary entrance requirements for 2016. Examples include: if you completed HSC in 1985 with four Group 1 studies (including English); if you matriculated in 1967 with four studies including English Expression.
I've partially completed a TAFE (or university) course. Am I eligible?
If you have previously completed any part of a tertiary qualification at Certificate IV level or higher, or if you will this year, you will meet the minimum tertiary entrance requirements for 2016. Examples include: Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree and Degree studies.
I studied overseas. How do I know if I'm eligible?
If your overseas qualifications are assessed by VTAC as comparable to the required Victorian qualifications, you will meet minimum tertiary entrance requirements in Victoria. Assessments are largely based on information from the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR). VTAC will advise institutions of the level of the award in terms of the Australian Qualifications Framework according to NOOSR guidelines. The individual course selection officers will then assess whether your particular level of achievement is suitable for entry into that course.
For a list of overseas qualifications that meet minimum tertiary requirements in Victoria, see Overseas qualifications
I didn't complete Year 12 and I'm mature age. Am I eligible?
Some institutions provide consideration for mature age entry; however, the age requirement and policies for mature age entry differ across institutions. If you would like to apply for mature age consideration, you can complete Category 1 of the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application (in addition to your VTAC course application). To find out which institutions recognise mature age entry and their age requirements, see SEAS: Category 1
2. Institutional requirements
Some institutions also have specific entrance requirements in addition to minimum tertiary entrance requirements. Examples include minimum age requirements and English language requirements. For information about institutional requirements, see the institution's information page.
If you don't meet the tertiary entrance or institutional requirements, you may be eligible for special consideration through the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS).
Course selection criteria are additional criteria you may need to meet in order to be considered for selection into a course. They are listed as Prerequisites, Selection requirements, Additional considerations and Enrolment considerations in the course information in CourseSearch.
You must meet prerequisites and complete all relevant selection requirements by the dates specified to ensure your application for the course will be considered. Examples include: submitting an additional form, sitting a test, presenting a folio or attending an interview.
Course entries in in CourseSearch all include a reference table outlining the Selection criteria for the course. The Selection criteria may be different for Year 12 applicants and non-Year 12 applicants. The table makes it easy to see which Selection criteria apply to you. To determine which type of applicant you are, see Year 12 and non-Year 12 applicants: which one are you?.
Course entries in the printed version of the VTAC guide include a Selection criteria reference table showing any applicable Prerequisites, Selection requirements, Additional considerations and Enrolment considerations for the course:
|Year 12 applicants (Y12)||Other applicants (NY12)|
Understanding the selection criteria
Before reading any course entries, make sure you understand which applicant group you belong to (Year 12 or Other/Non-Year 12). The Year 12 applicant group is not just for current Year 12 students-it includes anyone who has completed or attempted Year 12 in the past with no additional qualifications higher than a Certificate III.
Other/Non-Year 12 applicants are those who have not completed or attempted Year 12 and have no other qualifications higher than a Certificate III, or who have completed or attempted qualifications at a Certificate IV level or higher (including higher education studies such as a bachelor degree).
For more detailed definitions of the Year 12 and Other/Non-Year 12 applicant groups, see Year 12 and non-Year 12 applicants: which one are you?.
Prerequisites are studies that must be successfully completed to be considered for a course.
For undergraduate courses, prerequisites are mostly listed as VCE studies required for entry into degree courses, however there are a few courses that require a Certificate IV or higher qualification.
Graduate courses require the completion of an appropriate undergraduate qualification such as a bachelor degree. If you are in doubt about the suitability of your background you should contact the institution directly, not VTAC.
Selection requirements are additional compulsory requirements that must be completed by applicants. Selection requirements may apply to all or some of the applicants to each individual course. Not all courses have selection requirements, however if you are required to complete a selection requirement and do not, you may jeopardise your application and rule yourself out for selection.
Selection requirements may include: sitting a test; an English language proficiency test; completing a supplementary form; presenting a folio; attending an interview, audition or information session.
Additional considerations are items that are not required, but if completed may add to your course application. Additional requirements may apply to all or some of the applicants to each individual course.
For example, some courses will give subject bonuses to Year 12 students. Other courses may look at your work experience and how that might help you successfully complete the course.
Enrolment considerations are tasks that should generally be completed prior to enrolling or starting a course or course placement. Enrolment considerations are also used to help applicants understand the physical and legal requirements required by a course. Enrolment considerations may include: physical requirements, special equipment, or Working with Children/police record checks.
Working with Children Check
A number of courses will require you to have undertaken a Working with Children Check prior to enrolling in the course. To find out whether you need to complete this check, see Enrolment considerations in the course information in CourseSearch or contact the institution. For more information see the Working with Children Check website (www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au).
Police record check
A police record check may be required for some courses. To find out whether you need to complete this check, see Enrolment considerations in the course information in CourseSearch or contact the institution. For more information see the Victoria Police website (www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274).
Find out more
You can also get detailed course information from institution websites, publications and course information sessions. VTAC recommends you research courses of interest as much as you can before you apply.
If you are in doubt about your eligibility for any courses you should discuss your individual case with the course advisers at the institution. If you have difficulty fulfilling the requirements or meeting requirement closing dates, you should contact the relevant faculty or department.
Further requirements for graduate entry teaching (GET) courses
Prerequisites for graduate entry courses
To apply for graduate entry teaching courses through VTAC, you must be completing or have completed an appropriate undergraduate qualification such as an Australian bachelor degree or overseas equivalent. If you are in doubt about the suitability of your background, you should contact institutions directly, not VTAC.
English language proficiency requirement for graduate entry teaching courses
For admission to graduate entry teaching courses, there is a minimum English language proficiency requirement. To determine if you meet institutional English language requirements, refer to course selection requirements for each course or the institution's information page.
If you have results from IELTS (Academic), internet-based TOEFL, or similar, or if you subsequently sit the test, you should supply VTAC with a certified copy of your results as soon as you receive them. See Evidence of results and other documentation.
Interviews for English language proficiency requirements
You may also be required to attend an interview to confirm that you meet English language proficiency requirements. Interviews are likely to be held in November, December 2015 or early January 2016. For information about any interviews that you have been asked to attend, you should contact the institution.
If you are unsure if you meet the English language proficiency requirements, contact the institutions you are applying to as soon as possible.
Only the authorities at the institutions (not VTAC) can evaluate whether you meet the requirements.
Ensure all advice you receive is in writing.
Eligibility for specialist teaching areas in graduate entry teaching courses
VTAC uses the Victorian Institute of Teaching specialist area guidelines and the following broad guidelines to advise selection authorities of the specialist areas for which you may be eligible:
- Primary teaching courses are available to degree (or, in some cases, equivalent diploma) holders from any discipline.
- For secondary teaching courses, some specialist teaching areas require a sub-major while others require a major course of study. Sub-major: A total of half a year of successful full-time higher education study, usually comprising sequential discipline studies taken over two years, or equivalent. In most programs, this equates to four units with no more than two at first year level. Major: A total of three-quarters of a year of successful full-time higher education studies, usually comprising sequential discipline study taken over three years, or equivalent. In most programs, this equates to six units with no more than two at first year level and no fewer than two units at third year level.
Information is provided by VTAC to institutions on an advisory basis only and is not binding. Once assessed, you can see your specialist teaching areas assessment in your VTAC user account. If you are still unsure of your eligibility for specialist areas, you should contact the institution directly.
Some graduate entry teaching courses listed are approved under the Australian accreditation standards. Courses approved under the Australian accreditation standards require at least a major study in at least one teaching area and a second teaching area comprising at least a major or minor study for secondary teaching. For further information visit the Victorian Institute of Teaching website (www.vit.vic.edu.au).
Assessment of your qualifications for graduate-entry teaching courses
The Victorian Institute of Teaching can also provide teaching area assessments. If you choose to use or have used this service, please supply any formal assessment to VTAC. For instructions on sending documents to VTAC, see How to supply your documents.