Diploma

Diploma in General Studies (Extended)

  • VTAC code: 3800310701

Admission requirements

Admission criteria

This information will help you find the most useful and relevant admission and selection requirements based on your circumstances.

  • Completed secondary education recently (within the past two years)
  • Applicants will be assessed based on their entire academic record and the VTAC Personal Statement.

    Applicants with relevant work experience may be given additional consideration. Details must be provided via the VTAC Personal Statement.

    Some applicants may be required to attend an interview, complete a selection test, or supply employer references/referees as part of the selection process.

    Consideration of equity, student backgrounds and previous educational disadvantage

    The University of Melbourne takes into consideration equity, student backgrounds and previous education disadvantage through a number of special entry schemes, including Access Melbourne.

    ATAR-based admission information in Semester 1, 2022

    ATAR-based admission for the Diploma in General StudiesATAR
    Lowest ATAR where a recent Year 12 student offer was made (excluding students made offers through special entry schemes)RC (Range of Criteria used for selection)
    Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (including students made offers through special entry schemes)RC (Range of Criteria used for selection)
    Minimum ATAR required for consideration (only applicants eligible for special entry schemes were admitted below the minimum)RC (Range of Criteria used for selection)
    Guaranteed ATAR for applicants who completed Year 12 and were eligible for the Access Melbourne categories of rural or isolated and/or disadvantaged financial background*N/A for this course
    Guaranteed ATAR for Indigenous applicants who completed Year 12N/A for this course
    Guaranteed ATAR for Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars who completedYear 12and attended an under-represented school*N/A for this course
    Guaranteed ATAR for Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars who completedYear 12 and did not attend an under-represented school*N/A for this course

    *All students who achieve the specified guaranteed ATAR and meet the course prerequisites will be offered a place

  • Completed some or all of a higher education qualification
  • A foundation studies program or equivalent approved by the Academic Board including appropriate English language studies.

  • Completed some or all of a VET qualification
  • Completion of one of the following qualifications will be deemed to be equivalent to completing VCE for the purposes of entry to the Diploma in General Studies:

    • Certificate IV in Accounting
    • Certificate IV in Agriculture
    • Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management
    • Certificate IV in Frontline Management
    • Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

    A senior secondary program, foundation studies program or equivalent approved by the Academic Board including appropriate English language studies.

  • Applicants with work and/or life experience
  • A senior secondary program, foundation studies program or equivalent approved by the Academic Board including appropriate English language studies.

Additional information

  • Advanced standing
  • Advanced standing (sometimes known as credit or recognition of prior learning) may be awarded based on prior study. Advanced standing is not awarded for work experience in undergraduate degrees.

    How to apply for Advanced Standing

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
  • We are committed to improving participation in higher education by Indigenous students. If you tell us you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent (through the VTAC course application and/or the VTAC SEAS application), your status will be verified by Murrup Barak, the Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development.

    Once verified, an assessment will be made to determine whether you are likely to succeed in the course you apply for. The usual entry requirements and entry standards for the course will not necessarily apply. However, they will be considered as part of the assessment of whether you are ‘likely to succeed’. When determining your ‘likelihood to succeed’, the additional support available through Murrup Barak and the Wilin Centre will be taken into consideration.

    For some applicants, an Indigenous selection guarantee may apply. Indigenous applicants regularly receive offers when their ATAR (or notional ATAR) is significantly below the lowest selection rank to which an offer was made and the minimum ATAR for a course.