From the careers desk

3 December 2015

The countdown is now on for students to obtain their Unit 3 & 4 results. To get results students will need their VCAA student number (it starts with 1) and their PIN.

Results will be available online from 7am on December 14 or in the mail the next day. To receive results via SMS students must register for this before Sunday, December 13. Instructions on how to do this were published in the bulletin on  November 5 or can be found on the Career Libguide.   

The college cannot release results or ATARs to parents or anyone else, as the results are the students' property.

What do I do next?

If you do not get the ATAR that you were expecting it is not the end of the world as there are still many options for you. Firstly, you can phone me at school or on my mobile 0457 817 990 and we can discuss what to do next.

Secondly, You can attend an advisory session offered by all universities during the week that results are released. Here you can discuss with a selection officer your best options and pathways into the course of your dreams.

Thirdly, you can change your list of preferences if you still wish to do tertiary study. (see below for instructions about that)

Finally, you may have changed your mind about further study and want to work. Make sure you have an up-to-date resume that you can hand out and contact either Mrs Fisher or me as we may know some local employers that we could put you in touch with.

How to change your preferences

1. Log in to your VTAC user account

To access change of preference you must log in to your VTAC user account using your VTAC ID (this is the number that starts with a 4) and PIN.

2. Open your course preference list

Open your course preference list from the link on the home page of your VTAC user account, or under course application.

3. Add, delete or re-order your course preferences

You can add courses by using the institution and course drop-down menus or by entering the course codes. You can delete courses by clicking on the red X to the right of each line. You can re-order your course preferences using the up and down arrows to the right of each line.

Don't forget to list courses in the order you would most like to study them, with the course you most want to get into at the top.

 4. Submit your change of preference

Click on the change my preference button at the bottom of the screen to submit your changes.

Tips for changing your course preferences

 Always list courses in order of preference

Don't list course preferences in the order you think you will get into them. Selection authorities may make multiple offers to the same applicant, but you will only receive an offer for the highest offered course in your preferences. If you don't list courses in the order you most want to study them you may end up missing out on the course you most want to do. For more information on how offers work, see Offers, enrolment and deferment.

Check course selection criteria carefully

Keep in mind that the closing dates for any additional requirements in the selection criteria for courses may be soon or may have already passed. Read the selection criteria carefully before adding any courses to your preference list, and contact the institution if you're not sure of the requirements.

Some courses can't be added after certain dates

Some courses do not accept applications after a certain date. Check the course description, selection criteria and closing date carefully before adding any courses to your preferences. 

Don't delete and re-add courses - use the re-ordering arrows

If you delete a course with an early closing date (see above) from your preferences, you will not be able to add it back to your application. To be safe, use the up and down arrows to re-order your preferences.

Changing your preferences during the offer rounds (this is new for 2015)

Once you have received an offer you cannot delete that course from your preferences, however, you can move it up or down your list, change the order of your other preferences or add new courses.

Remember to list courses in the order you would most like to study them, with the course you most want to get into at the top.

Finally I have added some more information about dates and times for advisory days, about low-income cards and summer schools and tips for travelling overseas on the Career Libguide.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year from the pathways team to all Assumption families. We look forward to working with you in 2016.

Jenny Pendlebury – Careers Coordinator

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