VTAC releases first round tertiary placement offers to students state-wide

SOUND OF MUSIC: Catholic College Bendigo graduate Jessica McCarthy has received a first preference offer from VTAC to study a Bachelor of Music in 2018 at Monash University in Melbourne. Picture: NONI HYETT
SOUND OF MUSIC: Catholic College Bendigo graduate Jessica McCarthy has received a first preference offer from VTAC to study a Bachelor of Music in 2018 at Monash University in Melbourne. Picture: NONI HYETT

The wait for tertiary placements is over with VTAC’s first round release of 52,973 offers sent out to applicants state-wide, including early round and international students, it brings the total number of offers to 61,353.

Catholic College Bendigo graduate Jessica McCarthy received an offer for her first preference to study a Bachelor of Music at Monash University’s Clayton campus. 

“I’m really excited, it’s my dream course, there’s nothing else I really wanted to do. It has worked out really well,” Ms McCarthy said.

Ms McCarthy was also required to pass an audition before before she was able to receive her first preference offer.  

“I passed the audition and I knew I had the correct ATAR, so I was pretty chilled about it, but I was still a little nervous when I opened the email.”

“It all went well, I was so relieved, it was the very last thing, I had worked so hard and there it was in front of me, everything I have been working for.”

Ms McCarthy must complete the three year bachelor in music before she will be eligible to commence post-graduate studies in music therapy.

“It’s a stepping stone for my end goal to study music therapy, which is a post-graduate course,” Ms McCarthy said.

“I will get to learn so many new skills and be able to grow as a musician then apply what I have learned to help other people.”

Catholic College Bendigo graduate Teagan Clarke received an offer for her first preference to study a Bachelor of Science Advanced - Research, also at Monash University’s Clayton campus.

Ms Clarke said she is “pretty happy” after receiving an offer for her first preference for further study in 2018.

“Eventually I’m hoping to go into research within the field of physics and science,” Ms Clarke said.

“I have loved space since I was a little kid, and that interest has just stayed with me.”

As part of her offer to study science Ms Clarke will also move to Melbourne which she is “very excited” about.

Ben Goode CCB careers practitioner said he advises students to accept their first round offer, even in the circumstance where it’s not their first preference.

“If it is not what they expected, it may still allow them to transfer or be a pathway into their desired course,” Mr Goode said.

“Students can also decide if they want to defer, but should check with the course provider if this is an option. It is worth remembering that students may receive a second round offer in February, allowing them to reject the first offer.”

According to VTAC the average clearly in ATAR for education courses in 2018 was 69.53.