Admissions Pathways

General admission requirements

There’s more than one way to become a Guild student. If your goal is to get a degree and use it to improve yourself, your community or the lives of others, Australian Guild of Music Education [AGME] is the place for you.

Applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements for a course may be selected for a course at AGME. However, meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

Applicants may be offered a place once AGME has assessed:

  • your formal academic qualifications and results
  • whether you meet any course prerequisites
  • your English language proficiency
  • whether you meet any legal or administrative requirements (see below)
  • the availability of student places and learning resources.

Access to internet

Online learning resources and materials are integral to teaching and learning activities and assessment tasks for AGME courses. All online students must have regular access to an internet-connected computer, which is capable of communicating with AGME’s online systems.

English language proficiency

All students at AGME are expected to be proficient in written and spoken English. Each AGME course has minimum English language requirements.  These requirements must be met in addition to academic entry requirements.

Most of our undergraduate domestic students enter via direct entry. If you’ve completed Year 12, the IB, or an equivalent qualification in Australia, and meet all the entry requirements, then you are eligible to apply.

If you don’t meet the requirements for direct entry, consider these options.


TAFE qualifications

A graded Australian TAFE qualification provides an excellent pathway to the Bachelor of Music.  If you have successfully completed a certificate IV, diploma, or the first year of an advanced diploma, this may help you enter the degree. If you gain a place at the Guild, you may be eligible for some credit towards your course for any graded TAFE studies you have completed.


Transferring from another course

Most courses accept internal transfers from other Guild courses, as well as transfers from other universities. Ask the faculty managing the course you are looking to transfer into about the average grade required, as well as any extra requirements you may need to meet.

Higher Education - Bachelor of Music

VET courses

Policy currently being updated.

Admissions Pathways

How to apply
To apply for a AGME course:

  • direct entry (book a audition/interview) apply now.
  • submit a VTAC course application and include your preferred Guild courses in your preference list
  • complete a Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application including any required documentation.

How to apply

Course Fee-Help or Study Loan

Students wishing to gain assistance towards their course fees can apply for the following:

  • FEE-HELP (Degree only)
  • Study Loan (VET courses only)

FEE-HELP loans:

Thinking about a Fee-Help loan please read the following information found on the following link:

LINK to:

VET course Help loans:

Study Loans is a new kind of finance for students seeking assistance in paying for their vocational tertiary education. We are all about helping students advance in their careers to reach their full potential.


Application dates

Timely applications through VTAC open early August and close in late September. There are also late and very late application periods with higher fees. For a full list of dates and fees, see VTAC dates and fees.

Change of preference

Once you apply through VTAC, you can change your preferences until the system closes in late October. The system reopens in late November, giving you the opportunity to adjust your preferences after receiving your exam results. See VTAC change of preference dates.

  • VCE results and ATAR released online: 14 December 2018 at 7am
  • IB Notional ATAR released online: 4 January 2019 at 10am

Entry requirements

Ensure you meet all the entry requirements for the course you wish to study and for general entry. Some courses have extra requirements such as a folio, personal statement, interview, audition, CV, certificates etc.

Special entry program

Domestic applicants may be eligible for one or more special entry programs when applying through VTAC or the online form. See below SEAS for more details.

Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS)

SEAS adjusts your ATAR in recognition of circumstances that may have affected your education. This gives you a better chance of getting an offer for the course you want.

You’ll receive ATAR-related adjustments depending on the severity of your circumstances. The adjustments are made to your combined study scores and your ATAR is recalculated.

The Guild uses this adjusted ATAR during the selection process.

Refer to Guild Policies regarding admisssions for ATAR above.


You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or hold an Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa, and satisfy requirements for at least one of the following SEAS categories:

  • have experienced financial disadvantage
  • live in a low socio-economic area
  • are an Indigenous Australian

Credit for prior learning

If you have passed units in the Guild program or at other tertiary institutions, you may be eligible for a credit transfer. You need to apply before enrolling in a course. For details, see credit for prior learning.