VTAC Offers - Don't Panic!
So you finally got your VTAC offer. For some of you it's good news. You're into the course you wanted and it's time to start getting ready for the world of tertiary study.
For some of you the news isn't so great, though. If you didn't get into the course you wanted, don't panic. Almost a third of all students who apply through VTAC don't get their first choice of courses.
But there's comfort to be had. From second and third round offers to work experience and study alternatives, there are options still available, including:
> Second round and supplementary offers
> Negotiated offers
> Mid-Year Entry
> Reapplying next year
> Getting some work experience
> Checking out some other study options
> Doing an apprenticeship or traineeship
Not everybody accepts their first-round offer. This means there could be places available later in your course of choice.
Second round offers are made after all first round offers have either been accepted or rejected. And after that, some supplementary offers are made once all second round offers have been accepted or rejected.
So there's still a chance you could get into the course you want. That doesn't mean that you should knock back the offer you got, though. It's better to accept the offer you got and withdraw it later if you get a second-round or supplementary offer. Otherwise you might find yourself not getting into any course at all.
You can still apply for a course not on your list of preferences, or for a course lower on your list than the one you've been offered. To do this you need to make a "negotiated offer".
Before you do, contact the course administrators to discuss your chances of being offered a place. You may have to visit them in person. Make sure that you have a high enough ATAR to get into the course, and that you meet all other prerequisites, too.
The chances of getting a negotiated offer succeeding depend on whether there are any places left after first round offers, but it's worth looking into.
For more about negotiated offers check out VTAC's Offers page (new window).
Some courses let you start midway through the year. To find out if the course you want allows mid-year applications, you need to contact the course administrators directly.
For more about mid-year entry, check out our Mid-Year Entry page.
If you really want to do a course and you don't get in, you could decide to take a year off from study and reapply for the following year.
The VTAC application process is the same for everyone, whether or not you've just completed year 12 or you completed it a while ago. Check out VTAC's Who can apply for courses? (new window) page for more info.
You should also check out our Taking a Gap Year page for suggestions about what to do for a year while waiting to get into the course of your dreams.
Getting a job or volunteering in a field related to the course you want to do is a good way to try things out and see if you really do want to work in that field.
Not only will working in a related field let you to 'try before you buy', you can develop experience that could improve your chances when you apply in the following year.
Some diploma courses at TAFE can count toward a degree course. If you spend a year doing a diploma in a course related to the degree you want to do, it could mean that you get your qualification a little earlier.
To find out if there's a TAFE course related to the field of study you're interested in, check out the Victorian Skills Gateway (new window).
Other study options outside university include adult education centres and community centres. The courses these institutions offer can help you find a job or prepare you for further study. For more, check out our Other Study Options page (new window).
Another option is online learning through Open Universities Australia (new window). Many universities offer degrees through OUA. The qualification you end up with is the same as if you studied on campus.
Apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships are an great way to get into certain careers. Apprenticeships are available in lots of fields, from sport to agriculture. Find out more on our Apprenticeships and traineeships pages.
There are Plenty of Options
Like we said, there's no need to panic. Not getting into the course you wanted to is not the end of the world. There are plenty of options available. One of them could easily put you on the path you wanted to be on. Or maybe you'll find a newer, even more interesting path to take.