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Hot tips for Change of Preference

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Just received your ATAR? If you have a question about programs, changing your preference or study pathways, Macleay is here to help.

Take a look at our Change of Preference tips below and please reach out to us if you have any questions. Give us a call on 1300 939 888 or email for more information or assistance. 

1. Order is important

Aim high. List your most desired course FIRST and the remaining in the order that you wish to study them, NOT the order that you think you will get in. You will only receive one offer per round – the highest preference that you are eligible for.

2. If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it

If you’re happy with your preferences then you DON’T need to change them. ATAR higher than expected? Change of Preference may not be required.

3. Options, Options, Options

ATAR lower than anticipated? Relax, we’ve got you. Remember there are always alternative options – like our diploma pathways program (that doesn’t require an ATAR). Enrol in a diploma program and upon successful completion you can progress into the final 12 months of the bachelor’s degree. Feel better? For more details visit

4. Communication is key

  • Talk with someone in the know - a Careers Advisor, teacher or a representative from one of your preferences.
  • Remember, we’re here to help. We provide impartial advice on anything study related every day.
  • Contact us on 1300 939 888 or to chat now or visit us on campus for an informal one-on-one with a specialist advisor.

What do you do if you've missed out on an offer to study in 2021?

If you have missed out on an offer to study in 2021 or still considering your options, it is not too late to enrol in one of our programs for Trimester 1, 2021.  There are lots of options to fast-track you into your dream career sooner, rather than later.

If you didn’t get the ATAR score you'd hoped for, don't panic.

Our bachelor courses require successful completion of Year 12, plus relevant pre-requisite subjects. But the great news is that no ATAR is required.

Our diploma courses require successful completion of Year 12 only.

For more information on our courses, download our 2021 Course Guide for Australian Domestic Students or 2021 Course Guide for International Students

Have a read below - we’ll take you through key dates and some tips and frequently asked questions to get you on track during this Change of Preference period. 

Our VTAC and UAC Course Codes



The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) is responsible for processing your application for Higher Education courses and supplying it to the institution that you have nominated. The institution then considers your application and offers you a place based on the selection criteria for your course.


The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) is the central office that receives and processes applications for admission to most undergraduate degrees, advanced diploma and diploma courses at participating tertiary institutions in NSW and the ACT.

VTAC Change of Preference - key dates

  • 3 August 2020 to 4 January 2021
  • 14 January 2021 to 21 January 2021 (Feb offer round 1)
  • 2 February 2021 (Feb offer round 2)
  • 9 February 2021 to 10 February 2021 (Feb offer round 3)
  • 16 February 2021 to 17 February 2021 (Feb offer round 4)

If you have not paid your VTAC application-processing fee in full, you will be unable to change your preferences.

ATAR & key dates for offers 

  • 18 December 2020 NSW ATAR
  • 23 December, UAC December offer round 2
  • 30 December 2020 VCE results release.
  • 4 January 2021, VTAC January offer round.
  • 1 February 2021, VTAC February offer round 1.
  • 8 February 2021, VTAC February offer round 2
  • 15 February 2021, VTAC February offer round 3
  • 22 February 2021, VTAC February offer round 4.

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At Macleay you learn by doing. We're all about project-based learning to equip you with the practical and industry experience you need to graduate job-ready. Our students work on real-world briefs, pitch their ideas to entrepreneurs and are taught by industry professionals and all in a supportive and flexible environment.

And did you know that Macleay has once again rated exceptionally well on the majority of indicators reported in the latest QILT survey? The data confirms that Macleay not only performed well above the national averages on all indicators, but also outperformed the highest ranked public universities on most measures including Overall Quality of Educational Experience and Graduate Satisfaction. 


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