Mature-age students

'Non-year 12' or 'non-school' applicants describes a wide range of people; there are many applicants that fall into this category:

  • mature-aged applicants
  • applicants who have previously completed part of a tertiary qualification
  • applicants who have not completed VCE

Are you nervous about entering tertiary study?

Anyone can be nervous about taking the first steps into tertiary study. You might need support once you get here, or you might need a little affirmation to help get your started. We offer you all of these options, and a few more.

We offer study assistance and preparation through our

We also have support services available to assist you in your decision making both before you start studying, and whilst you are a student. We can provide you with information regarding the many programs available, application procedures and fees. Staff are available to ease your concerns about returning to study and to provide financial advice, welfare advice, student learning support and disability support.

For further information, call 1800 333 864 or email info@federation.edu.au

If I am a mature age (non-year 12) applicant, will you consider my VCE results?

When considering your application we take into account your life experience, working and volunteer experience, and the further study and training you may have completed. If you have completed no further study since VCE (or equivalent), your VCE results are what will be considered as the most recent in your study history. VCE results are made accessible to our admissions office through VTAC, and can also be accessed for direct applications.

If you are worried about your VCE results not reflecting your full capability as a student, don't worry. We consider your application based on your ability to succeed in your chosen course, not on your ATAR. We can help you assess if you meet entry prerequisites and can assist you to bridge the gap if you need to brush up your study skills.

Visit our How to apply section for more information.