- What are prerequisites?
- Where do I find prerequisites?
- Do I need to have prerequisites?
- Choosing VCE studies: advice for current year 10 students
- Equivalent prerequisites for interstate, International Baccalaureate (IB) and New Zealand students
Prerequisites are studies you must have completed to be eligible for selection to a course. Most prerequisites for courses in CourseSearch are Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) studies.
Units 1 and 2 prerequisites
- If a course specifies Units 1 and 2 of a study as prerequisites, this means that a satisfactory result must be awarded in both units.
Units 3 and 4 prerequisites
- If a course specifies Units 3 and 4 of a study as prerequisites, this means that a minimum VCE study score of 10 is required, with at least two graded assessments higher than UG. Some courses specify a higher VCE study score.
- Scores listed for prerequisite studies are VCE study scores, not the VTAC scaled ATAR subject scores.
- Unless otherwise stated, prerequisite studies must be completed with a study score of at least 10.
- Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 — a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English
A statement like this means that before you are eligible to be selected for this course, you must have achieved a study score of at least 30 if you completed English (EAL) or a study score of at least 25 in any other English (English, English Language, Literature) at Units 3 and 4 level.
Prerequisites are listed in all course descriptions on CourseSearch.
Prerequisite CourseSearch provides additional search options for students in Years 10 to 12. You can add VCE subjects and find courses that have these subjects as prerequisites. You can also refine your search by selecting an ATAR range.
- If you are studying Year 12, you can find courses for which you meet the prerequisites by entering your current VCE studies
- If you are studying Year 10 or Year 11, you can find courses for which you meet the prerequisites by entering your plan for future VCE studies. You can try a few options to find the VCE program that provides you with the options you want. Please note: Prerequisites for 2016 courses will be available late July.
Victorian Tertiary Entrance Requirements (VICTER)
If you are studying Year 10 or Year 11, you can find VICTER publications with lists of prerequisites for courses that start in one or two years time at Choosing courses for future years.
Prerequisites mainly apply to current Year 12 students.
- If you are not in Year 12, you should check with the relevant faculty at the institution to find out whether the prerequisites apply to you.
- If you are currently studying an Australian Year 12 or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australian or New Zealand you must take the prerequisites into account. For any further clarification about prerequisites contact the relevant faculty at the institution.
If you are studying Year 10 and thinking about choosing your VCE studies, you will want to consider whether you will meet the prerequisites for the tertiary courses that interest you. Other factors to consider when choosing VCE studies are the restrictions on studies that contribute to the ATAR and how the ATAR is calculated.
You can also read about the experiences of VCE students.
Most prerequisite studies for courses in CourseSearch are written using the Victorian study name.
To find equivalent studies for interstate, International Baccalaureate (IB) and New Zealand you can use the guide below:
- VTAC Equivalent Prerequisite Studies Guide (Excel)
For an explanation of the subject comparisons contained in this table, see Explanation and use of interstate subject and results mappings (PDF)
To convert the subject score required to meet Victorian course prerequisites into the equivalent for interstate or International Baccalaureate (IB) studies, use the file below:
- Prerequisite score conversion 2012 (PDF)
Please note: Conversion tables for 2014 studies will be available later this year.
For further information about equivalent studies or scores please check institution websites or contact the relevant faculty at the institution.