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Deakin Engagement and Access Program (DEAP)

Through DEAP, Deakin University collaborates with school communities to widen participation in higher education.

Through a coordinated program of activities from Grade 4 to Year 12, DEAP builds on students' aspirations and awareness to introduce university as a desirable and achievable pathway. DEAP partner schools are located in Melbourne, Geelong and the Barwon South Western Region.

DEAP aims

  • To support aspirations and attainment for higher education, inspiring students to both consider and access university as a viable pathway.
  • To engage parents and carers with the aim of encouraging and supporting families' understanding of and aspirations for higher education.
  • To familiarise students with university life and pathways to university, including VTAC's Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS).
  • To support schools in preparing students for the transition to university and connecting with transition programs at Deakin University.
  • To support the development of students' self-efficacy, enhancing educational engagement and achievement.

Deakin Engagement and Access Program is made possible thanks to the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program funding provided by the Commonwealth of Australia.

DEAP activities

Primary schools

DEAP's partnerships with primary schools have been developed on the understanding that educational and career aspirations are shaped by students' self-efficacy during early formative years. These partnerships involve a coordinated range of early interventions that support self-efficacy, through highly creative and engaging activities.

Grade 4 - Community voices

Students explore their strengths and interests, and use these to identify future career possibilities.

Grade 5 - Make your own mind

Students learn to replace unhelpful thoughts with those affirming strengths, abilities and aspirations.

Grade 6 - Presiding over the possibilities

Using the subject of Law, students recognise their competency in a range of skills, and practise these in a mock court case.

Secondary Schools

DEAP's partnerships with secondary schools entail a range of on-campus and in-school activities that support students' aspirations for, and access to, higher education.

Year 7 - Mission Possible

Students will apply future work skills to complete a Mission Possible in small groups around campus.

Year 8 - Community day

Students explore the campus and learn about diversity through community themed activities.

Year 9 - Explore your future

Through project-based learning, students explore plausible futures and evaluate the impact.

Year 10 - Deakin experience day

Students visit the campus and experience what life at university is all about.

Year 11 - Study skills workshop

Current Deakin University students share their top tips for effective study.

Based on the successful Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) program at Deakin, these workshops explore issues relating to study skills and include a brief introduction to university. Information on VCE study skills

Year 12 - Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) and Scholarships workshop

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 DEAP partner schools are eligible under at least one category. With the support of Deakin staff and students, participants learn how to prepare SEAS and scholarships applications.

Community partnerships

Parent/carer engagement

Parents and carers of students in Years 5 to 8 explore strategies that support significant adults to foster students' engagement in education. These workshops are delivered in collaboration with the Barwon Adolescent Task Force, schools and community partners.

SEAS for professionals

The Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) is for higher education applicants who have experienced circumstances that have affected their education. In this presentation, professionals working with young people are assisted to understand SEAS, and develop their ability to support students' SEAS applications.

For more information contact:

Jane Finlay
Manager, Student Access and Equity
03 925 17378


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