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Key uni dates and deadlines you need to know

When you get to Year 12, there’s a lot happening. There are decisions to be made that affect the present and the future. Then there’s the little matter of the HSC or VCE to contend with. So it can be a bit of a struggle to, literally, keep up to date with things. Here’s a handy guide to some of the key uni dates that Year 12 students need to be aware of.

Your essential uni dates

February to April

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May – HSC and VCE written exam timetables released

This is when Year 12 students will learn the structure of their exam schedule. A big help for planning your revision timetable!

June – VTAC midyear offer rounds

VTAC has two rounds each year when students in Victoria or those wishing to attend institutions on the border, such as Charles Sturt University in Albury-Wodonga, can apply. The midyear round happens in June.

August to September – Main round of VTAC applications

The second round of applications via VTAC.

August to September – SRS applications via UAC

Some tertiary institutions in New South Wales are part of the Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS). You can apply for this scheme via UAC. Participating institutions then assess each application on criteria other than the expected ATAR. As the name suggests, one of the criteria is a statement of recommendation by your school. Your contribution to school or community life is also taken into account. Successful applicants could receive an offer of a place at university before their ATAR is released.

Late September – Applications to UAC and VTAC to avoid late fee

If you want to begin university study in Session 1 of the following year, you need to submit your application by a defined date in late September to avoid a late application processing fee. All applications to UAC and VTAC require a fee, but the cost rises after this date.

October–November – HSC written exams

The business end of things.

October–November – VCE written exams

When all that revision planning pays off.

Mid-December – HSC and VCE results released

The dates for 2020 have yet to be confirmed, but they are likely to be around the second week of the month.

Mid-December – ATARs released

The ATAR results release typically takes place the day after the exam results are released. You can access your ATAR ranking via your respective application website: UAC or VTAC.

Late December – Main Round offers released UAC

You can apply for courses via UAC throughout the year. However, the second round of offers in December is often referred to as the ‘Main Round’. It’s the round of offers that comes soonest after the release of the ATARs. Offers are usually made four to five days after the ATAR results are published. You’ll typically have two days from the ATAR release date to change your course preferences with UAC for courses in this round of offers.

January to February – VTAC offer rounds

There are five rounds of offers for places on university courses through VTAC during January and February.

February – Orientation

Once you’ve got through the revision, exams, the tension of the results and the acceptance of an offer on a course, it’s time to start university life! Before the actual study session begins, Charles Sturt University runs Orientation to help all our students – studying on campus and online – feel at home. It’s a chance to settle into uni life. You’ll meet academics and fellow students. Attend academic preparation workshops. And explore the learning facilities. Plus, have a lot of fun along the way!

Uni dates for your diary

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