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Free VTAC webinar for students and parents
« on: August 05, 2019, 04:21:51 pm »
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Hey all,

This has nothing to do with ATAR Notes specifically, but just letting you know VTAC is running a free webinar on all things applications, preferences, SEAS, scholarships etc. on Wednesday 14 August (7pm-8pm). It's hosted by the CEAV (Career Education Association of Victoria).

You (or your parents/guardians) can register here if you're interested. :)
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Re: Free VTAC webinar for students and parents
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2019, 09:07:47 am »
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Hey everybody. This webinar was last night. It went for about an hour. Those who registered should receive a recording and the slides, but I'm not sure if it will be made available otherwise, so I took some notes for those who couldn't make it and who might benefit. The notes are pretty broad but it might spark questions you have. If that's the case, make sure you ask them here or, alternatively, get in contact with VTAC directly. :)

So the webinar broadly covered:

Application dates:
- See here for more.
- Importantly, timely applications close on 30 September. The ATAR is released on 12 December. The first round of offers is on 18 December.

Doing course research:
- There's no longer a printed VTAC Guide as there has been in previous years.
- Now, you can search courses using VTAC CourseSearch.
- You can also use the Prerequisite and Course Explorer to see what courses for which you meet prerequisites. Year 10 students can also use this to compare potential VCE programs and see what impact their choices might have.
- You can find the Year 11 and 12 Guide digitally here, containing a lot of relevant information. You might also get a physical copy of this one at school.

Types of courses:
- Brief discussion on the difference between VET (Cert II-IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma)and Higher Education (Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree, Bachelor Degree, Graduate Courses) programs.

Potential requirements for a course:
- ATAR.
- VCE prerequisite subjects.
- Interview.
- Personal statement (more often required for mature-age students, so you should check if required before completing it).
- Audition.
- Folio presentation.
- CASPer test (non-academic online test - things like personality, empathy, problem-solving etc. - often used in Education and Teaching courses).

You can find tips for preparing for interviews, auditions, and folios here.

Ranking applications:
- The selection rank (which takes into account things like bonus subject points, SEAS etc.) is different to the ATAR (which does not).
- You won't necessarily find out your selection rank.
- The "lowest ATAR to receive an offer" can be quite misleading for various courses, as it doesn't take into account things like bonus subject points and SEAS. In this sense, "lowest selection rank" might be a better reflection.
- You can find out more about the ATAR profile here.

Applying through VTAC:
- Step one is to create a VTAC account, using your VTAC ID and PIN.
- You can then click the "Make a course application" prompt to get started.
- You can list up to eight different courses/institutions in your preferences.
- There's no harm in starting now, as you can change your preferences until 30 September.

Supplementary offers:
- If you tick the relevant box, VTAC will make your details available to institutions if you don't happen to receive an offer.
- Institutions may then get in contact with you to offer you a place in a course, even if you haven't preferenced that course.

SEAS:
- Everybody should apply for Category 1 (Personal Information and Location). Even if you don't think it will make any difference, still apply. The worst thing that can happen is that nothing happens.
- For categories requiring an impact statement (written by applicant) and/or a statement of support (written by a health practitioner or relevant responsible person), the statements themselves should be recent and explain impact of circumstances on education.
- There is no restriction on when the circumstances themselves happened or started.

Scholarships:
- You can make one application for many institutions and many scholarships through VTAC.
- This does not cover all scholarships available, but it's worth doing.

Offers:
- There are six offer rounds (five for non-Year 12 applicants).
- Most offers will be made in December and January.
- The December offer round is new. Most but not all courses will make offers in December.
- Even if courses make offers in December, this does not mean they won't also make offers in January.
- You should always accept your first round offer, as you can change your response later if you receive an offer for something you would prefer in a later round.
- You can also change preferences between rounds.
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