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Access Express

Access Express is an exciting partnership program working with students, parents and teachers from selected schools. The primary goal is to increase the number of students aspiring and applying to university.

  • An intensive program of activities and sustained contact across Years 6 to 12.
  • A collaboration between Deakin University (Student Access team, researchers, academic staff and student ambassadors), partner schools and community organisations.
  • Seven partner schools in Victoria - Geelong, Werribee and Melbourne's Eastern suburbs.
  • Reaches over 6,000 students per year.
  • Has an evaluation component – measuring the program's impact on student aspirations and applications to university.
  • The research will inform national policy development on university partnerships with schools.

Partner schools

  • Carwatha College P–12
  • Cranbourne Secondary College
  • Dandenong High School
  • The Grange P–12 College
  • Lyndale Secondary College
  • Newcomb Secondary College
  • North Geelong Secondary College

Access Express was made possible thanks to the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program funding provided by the Commonwealth of Australia.


Access Express activities

Grade 6 - Learning How To Learn - Supporting Kids to Achieve

For parents, carers and families of students going on to secondary school.

A two hour session, usually held in schools, designed to support families in finding strategies and solutions to keep children engaged in education. It aims to raise awareness of the career and lifelong benefits of higher education among families in local communities.

It addresses issues like:

  • balancing technology and play
  • the parent/carer role in keeping children interested in school
  • helping children find the best educational pathway
  • who to call when things go wrong and how to celebrate when things go right
  • what university can offer and how to get in
  • how much university costs and types of funding available.

Year 7 - Your Tutor Academic Skills Builder

In-class and at-home literacy and numeracy support and homework help.
Login to YourTutor (Dandenong High School staff and students)

Year 8 - Mentoring and Tutoring Program

  • In-school support to succeed in literacy and numeracy studies.
  • Aims to build aspirations towards higher education early in secondary schooling
  • Students benefit from intensive engagement with university mentors – Deakin students who are training to be teachers.

Year 9 - Residential Camp

  • Students visit Deakin's campus for two days (usually overnight)
  • Experience what it's like to be a uni student
  • Increases familiarity with university and academic subjects

Year 10 - Deakin Experience Day

Held on campus, the day encourages students to consider university as a desirable and achievable option.

Students become familiar with a university campus and, through a range of interactive group activities, learn about the diverse experiences that university can provide. 

Year 11 - VCE Help Study Skills

Unique stories of success to inspire and inform. Deakin Student Ambassadors are trained to deliver the workshops and share their stories and advice.

Held in school, the workshops focus on three core subject areas: English, Maths and Science. Designed in consultation with Year 11 Coordinators and teachers to ensure alignment with the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) curriculum.

Year 12 - Special Entry and Access Scheme (SEAS) Information and Support

The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) Special Entry Access Scheme aims to make the university selection process fairer, for students who have experienced circumstances that have impacted their education. All students at Access Express partner schools are eligible under at least one category.

With the support of Deakin staff and students, participants have the opportunity to draft a SEAS application for a mock applicant profile, putting into practice the skills and knowledge gained in the workshop.


For more information contact:

Shannon Cheal
Coordinator, School Outreach Programs
03 925 17112shannon.cheal@deakin.edu.au


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