Guarantee your place at Victoria University (VU) or VU Polytechnic, prior to completing Year 12.

Feel confident going into your exams with the knowledge that you have a guaranteed a place with us. VU Guaranteed is here to maximise your chances of success in Year 12 and make your final school years less stressful.

You can apply for VU Guaranteed if you are a Victorian Year 11 or Year 12 student studying VCE, unscored VCE, VCAL and IB.

VU Guaranteed applications are open now and will close 7 October.

Benefits for you

Guaranteed place

Feel confident going into your exams, with a VU or VU Polytechnic place.

Study guides

Prepare for success with exclusive EdUnlimited quizzes and practice exams.

Bonus ATAR points

Receive an extra 5 aggregate points for most courses that consider ATAR.*

Tailored advice

Get expert advice before and after exams, to nail your course preferences.

VIP treatment

Get the VIP treatment at events, and discounts at UniLodge @ VU

Ignite scholarships

Get automatic consideration if you attend a partner school.

* Please note: Bachelor of Education (P-12) is excluded from this bonus.

Eligibility for the VU Guaranteed program

To apply for VU Guaranteed and be guaranteed a place at VU you need to:

  • be a current Year 11 or 12 student at school in Victoria
  • go on to complete Year 12 (note: if you are completing VCAL or an unscored VCE, you are still eligible to apply)
  • add a VU course to your VTAC preference list or apply direct to VU Polytechnic courses for apply-direct courses.

Remember, a VU Guaranteed application is not a course application. You will need to include your desired course as your highest eligible preference on your VTAC preference list (if it is a VTAC-listed course), or apply directly to VU Polytechnic for apply-direct courses.

You'll still need to satisfy the admission requirements for the courses you preference in VTAC or apply for directly. If you do not meet the admission requirements, we will provide you with an alternative course recommendation designed to help you achieve your goals.

All Year 11 or 12 students at school in Victoria are eligible to apply for VU Guaranteed, you do not need to attend a partner school to apply.

The answers that you supply in your VU Guaranteed application will also be used to assess your scholarship or grant application if you attend a VU Guaranteed partner school at the time the scholarships and grants are awarded.

VU Guaranteed partner schools are:

  • Aitken College
  • Al-Taqwa College
  • Antonine College
  • Assumption College
  • Australian International Academy of Education
  • Ave Maria College
  • Bacchus Marsh College
  • Bacchus Marsh Grammar
  • Ballarat High School
  • Bayside P-12 College - Paisley Campus
  • Bellarine Secondary College
  • Bendigo Senior Secondary College
  • Braemar College
  • Braybrook College
  • Broadford Secondary College
  • Brunswick Secondary College
  • Buckley Park College
  • Caroline Chisholm Catholic College
  • Catherine Mcauley College
  • Catholic College Wodonga
  • Catholic Regional College - Melton
  • Catholic Regional College - Sydenham
  • Christian College Institute of Senior Education
  • Clonard College
  • Copperfield College
  • Craigieburn Secondary College
  • Damascus College
  • Dandenong High School
  • Emmanuel College - Altona North
  • Emmanuel College - Point Cook
  • Epping Secondary College
  • Essendon Keilor College
  • Footscray High School
  • Frankston High School - VCE Campus
  • Geelong High School
  • Geelong Lutheran College
  • Gilson College
  • Gippsland Grammar - Senior
  • Gisborne Secondary College
  • Gladstone Park Secondary College
  • Glenroy Secondary College
  • Good News Lutheran College
  • Greater Shepparton Secondary College
  • Grovedale College
  • Hallam Senior Secondary College
  • Hampton Park Secondary College
  • Heathdale Christian College
  • Homestead Senior Secondary College
  • Hoppers Crossing Secondary College
  • Hume Anglican Grammar
  • Hume Central Secondary College - Town Park Campus
  • Ilim College of Australia
  • Islamic College of Melbourne
  • John Paul College
  • Kardinia International College
  • Keilor Downs College
  • Kensington Community High School
  • Keysborough Secondary College - Acacia Campus
  • Keysborough Secondary College - Banksia Campus
  • Kolbe Catholic College
  • Kurunjang Secondary College
  • Kyneton Secondary College
  • Lakeview Senior College
  • Lalor North Secondary College
  • Lalor Secondary College
  • Laverton P-12 College - Bladin Campus
  • Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School
  • Mackillop Catholic Regional College Werribee
  • Manor Lakes P-12 College
  • Marian College Sunshine
  • Maribyrnong Secondary College
  • Melton Christian College
  • Melton Secondary College
  • Mildura Senior College
  • Mill Park Secondary College
  • Mount Alexander 7-12 College
  • Mount Ridley College
  • Mount Rowan Secondary College
  • Mount St Joseph Girls' College
  • North Geelong Secondary College
  • Northern Bay P-12 College
  • Notre Dame College
  • Overnewton Anglican Community College
  • Parade College
  • Pascoe Vale Girls Secondary College
  • Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School
  • Penola Catholic College
  • Point Cook Senior Secondary College
  • Rosehill Secondary College
  • Roxburgh College
  • Sacred Heart College Geelong
  • Sacred Heart College Kyneton
  • Salesian College Sunbury
  • Seymour College
  • Sirius College - Broadmeadows (Eastmeadows) Campus
  • Sirius College - Keysborough Campus
  • Sirius College - Meadow Fair Campus
  • Southern Cross Grammar
  • Springside West Secondary College
  • St Albans Secondary College
  • St Bernard's College
  • St Columba's College
  • St Joseph's College - Mildura
  • St Joseph's College - Newtown
  • St Mary’s College Windsor
  • St Mary's Coptic Orthodox College
  • St Monica's College
  • St Patrick's College
  • St Paul's Anglican Grammar School
  • St Peter's College
  • Staughton College
  • Strathmore Secondary College
  • Sunbury College
  • Sunbury Downs Secondary College
  • Sunshine College
  • Suzanne Cory High School
  • Tarneit Senior College
  • Taylors Lakes Secondary College
  • The Grange P-12 College
  • Thomas Carr College
  • Victoria University – TAFE Footscray Nicholson
  • Victoria University – TAFE Werribee
  • Victoria University Secondary College - Brimbank Campus
  • Warragul Regional College
  • Werribee Secondary College
  • Westbourne Grammar School - Hoppers Crossing Campus
  • William Ruthven Secondary College
  • Williamstown High School
  • Wodonga Senior Secondary College
  • Wonthaggi Secondary College (McBride Campus)
  • Woodmans Hill Secondary College
  • Wyndham Central College

Partner schools have been included in the program on the basis of:

  • location
  • ongoing enrolment and engagement with Victoria University and Victoria University Polytechnic
  • ICSEA scores.

"VU Guaranteed helped me to manage Year 12 with less pressure. I was able to decide what my future was going to look like, rather than having to just wait and see."

Aleksandar Jandric
Bachelor of Information Technology

VU Guaranteed steps to success

If you are eligible to apply for VU Guaranteed, follow these eight easy steps.

Step 1 – Visit the website

You’re already here so that’s step one done! Now get familiar with the process and review the sample responses from successful students below that can help you with your application.

Apply for VU Guaranteed

We are looking for applicants who embody the values of Victoria University: progressive, forward-thinking, inclusive and bold! As part of the application, you'll be asked to tell us a little about yourself through answering the following questions. Be sure to allow about 20 minutes to focus on your responses.

  • Why do you want to study at VU?
  • How do you contribute to your community, school or family?
  • Who inspires you to succeed?
  • How would studying at VU help you to make a difference in the world?

1. Sample answer: Why do you want to study at VU?

I would like to study at VU because of the positive reputation I have received from media and current and past students of the university, as well as the atmosphere of the institution I experienced when attending the campus for open days or sport training. The opportunities that VU offers through courses and partnerships add another aspect to why VU is my first preference of universities. The way in which the Block Model is run also appeals to me and I believe will assist me in achieving the best I can.

2. Sample answer: How do you contribute to your community, school and/or family?

I have volunteered with The Uniting Care within the last year and have received a Certificate of Appreciation. During this time I assisted with the distribution of food to less fortunate members of the Geelong community. I also have a driving passion for environmental health and sustainability. Through my casual employment I engage with management in an attempt to change and improve environmental practices of the business to ensure that a more sustainable approach is taken. This is an important element of business models for the future.

3. Sample answer: Who inspires you to succeed?

1. My late grandfather inspires me to succeed. At the age of 20 he started his own business and built his dream from the ground up. He migrated to Australia with very little English and was a hard worker who provided for his family and gave back to the community during his life. I have inherited his work ethic, and know that if I have the opportunity to go to university I will be able to go even further and also give back to the community.

2. I’m inspired to succeed by former prime minister Julia Gillard. She was a trail-blazer for Australian women, a leader in politics and a former lawyer – also a male-dominated profession. She fought against discrimination to get to the top of her career and while in power she responded to unfair targeting and slanderous behaviour with intelligence and respect.

4. Sample answer: How would studying at VU help you make a difference in the world?

Getting an education at Victoria University will enable me to gain the knowledge to help others in my community, as I hope to become a nurse. I’m hoping to be able to specialise in mental health nursing as I believe that it is such an important area among the community and particularly younger people. I’m hoping that studying nursing will help give me the skills to support young people who are struggling and give them the skills they need to get back on their feet.

We'll be in touch within a week to let you know if you have been successful with your VU Guaranteed application.

If you’re not successful, we can help with advice on how to resubmit your application.

Your VU Guaranteed application is not a course application. To be considered for an offer in your preferred VU course, you need to complete a course application.

You will need to include your desired course as your highest eligible preference on your VTAC preference list (if it is a VTAC-listed course), or apply directly to VU Polytechnic if it is an apply-direct course.

For VU Guaranteed students eligible to commence a Higher Education course in 2023, Conditional Offers will be made for select courses of VU’s choosing*. Students eligible for a Conditional Offer who were accepted into VU Guaranteed between April – July will receive a Conditional Offer in August. Students eligible for a Conditional Offer who were accepted into VU Guaranteed between August – October will receive a Conditional Offer in October. The Conditional Offer course will be selected based on the answers provided in your VU Guaranteed application and be made on the basis of Year 12 admission requirements.

*VU reserves the right to add/ remove courses eligible for Conditional Offers at any time.

If you're a VU Guaranteed student, you’ll receive access to your EdUnlimited account by email along with other exclusive VIP opportunities you won’t want to miss throughout the year.

Year 12 results are released in December.

After results are released, we'll contact you about your study options based on your results and give you a tailored course plan. There's still a chance to change your VTAC course preferences according to our advice if you need to.

To ensure that you receive an offer, you must have either:

  • listed your desired course as your highest eligible preference on your VTAC preference list (if it is a VTAC-listed course), or
  • applied directly to VU Polytechnic (if your selected course is not on the VTAC course listing).

You'll still need to satisfy the admission requirements for the courses you preference in VTAC or apply for directly. If you do not meet the admission requirements, we provide you with an alternative course recommendation designed to help you achieve your goals.

“Knowing I had a guaranteed place in my course was a perk for me, as well as the 5 extra points on my ATAR score. It gave me a sense of relief knowing I had already completed the hardest step of all.”

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Admission requirements

As a VU Guaranteed applicant, you will be guaranteed a place at VU or VU Polytechnic, but not for a particular course.

Your VU Guaranteed application is not a course application. You will need to include your desired course as your highest eligible preference on your VTAC preference list (if it is a VTAC-listed course), or apply directly to VU Polytechnic for apply-direct courses.

If you do not meet the admission requirements, we provide you with an alternative course recommendation designed to help you achieve your goals.

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Your VU Guaranteed application is not a course application. You will need to include your desired course as your highest eligible preference on your VTAC preference list (if it is a VTAC-listed course), or apply directly to VU Polytechnic for apply-direct courses. We encourage you to apply directly as early as possible, as courses fill up quickly and we are unable to make offers once a course is full.

You still need to meet all admission requirements for your preferred course to be made an offer. If you do not meet the admission requirements, we will provide you with an alternative course recommendation designed to help you achieve your goals.

All Year 11 and 12 students at Victorian schools are eligible to apply for the program.

For your Conditional Offer to be converted to a full offer via VTAC during the advertised VTAC rounds, you will need to add the course to your VTAC preference list and meet the admission requirements. If you don’t meet the admission requirements for your Conditional Offer, we will provide you with an alternative course recommendation in December to help you achieve your goals. If your course interests change, don’t worry, you’ll always be assessed for all the courses in your VTAC preference list and offered your highest eligible preference.

Don’t worry! We will be in touch with you to give you some advice on how to reapply for your place in the program.

The answers that you supply in your VU Guaranteed application will also be used to assess your scholarship or grant application if you attend a VU Guaranteed partner school at the time the scholarships and grants are awarded.

Two successful Year 12 VU Guaranteed applicants from each partner school will receive a $2000 Ignite scholarship.

One successful VU Guaranteed Year 11 applicant from each partner school will be awarded a $500 Ignite grant to help set them up for success during Year 12.

These scholarships can help with expenses like technology, text books and public transport costs. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, New Zealand citizen, holder of a Permanent Humanitarian Visa or holder of a Temporary Protection Visa.

Victoria University will shortlist students from each school based on their answers and provide this shortlist to each school in November.

Schools will be responsible for selecting which students will receive the VU Ignite scholarships and grants using this information, in line with VTAC offer dates. Students must attend a VU Guaranteed partner school at the time the scholarship and grants are awarded to be selected.

You should receive your VU Guaranteed application outcome within seven days.

If you have not received an email with this information, check in your spam folder. If you still are unable to locate the email, please contact [email protected].

Still have questions? Get in touch with via email: [email protected].

Refer to the VU Guaranteed terms and conditions for more information and FAQs.

“In Year 12, VU Guaranteed gave me the security of a place at VU or VU Polytechnic, so I could focus on my studies without stressing about getting in. It was like a set and forget."

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