Entry pathways

Whoever you are, whatever your goal, we'll help you get there

The traditional path from Year 12 to university isn’t the only way into Deakin. We welcome students through diverse entry pathways. If you didn’t get the ATAR score you needed, are looking to move from TAFE to university, or you're working and looking for ways to take your career to the next level, we can help.


Didn't get the ATAR you wanted?

There are other ways to get the degree you've always dreamed of. We can show you how.

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Moving from TAFE to university?

From guaranteed entry to credit for prior learning – we can help you take the next step in your education.

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Combining work and study?

Our flexible courses mean you could take your career to the next level without interrupting your life.

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Not sure about your circumstances?

There's an entry pathway into Deakin for everyone. The easiest way to find yours is by getting in touch with our friendly staff. We can help assess your situation and tailor advice that is specific to your needs so you can get to Deakin sooner.

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Didn't get the ATAR you wanted?

If you didn't quite get the ATAR score you hoped for in your final year of high school, you haven't missed your opportunity to study at Deakin. There are such a large range of pathways into your dream degree, and the traditional path from Year 12 to uni is only one of them.


Use our Pathways Finder tool

No matter your ATAR or education history, we're here to help you find a pathway into university. Try our Pathways Finder tool and explore the options that may be available to you.

Use our pathway finder tool

...or learn more about the pathway options available to you below.


Deakin College

A Deakin College diploma can provide a fast-track pathway into Deakin undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

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Start at TAFE and transfer to Deakin

Use TAFE study as a stepping stone into university. Start studying at TAFE and use the subjects you've completed as credit towards your entry to Deakin.

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Associate degrees

A Deakin associate degree in arts or education lets you study in a supported campus environment. It also gives you a direct, guaranteed pathway to an arts, criminology or primary education bachelor's degree.

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Deakin Learning Centres

Along with three dedicated Deakin Learning Centres, there are several TAFEs that offer Deakin courses in metropolitan and regional Victoria. They also provide a pathway into on-campus study.

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Transfer between campuses

Start your course at a campus with a lower ATAR requirement, then transfer to your desired campus after first year.

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Transfer between courses

Apply to study a course with similar subjects or major sequences, but a lower ATAR, and use this as a pathway into your ideal course.

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Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS)

Your performance at high school, and your ability to show potential for university, could be adversely affected by a range of factors including distance, disadvantage, illness or other difficult circumstances. Through the Special Entry Access Scheme, Deakin can consider these factors when assessing your application for a course.

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Support from start to finish

From finding the right course and getting accepted, to study and personal support throughout your course, we can help you every step of the way to ensure you succeed.

Graduate job-ready

Deakin are ranked top 3 in Australia for graduate employability*. With industry-based learning and internship opportunities, you'll be ready for the workforce as soon as you graduate.

* The Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking 2016

Accelerated learning opportunities

Pathway options like transferring from TAFE or Deakin College mean you could start studying elsewhere then move straight into second year university at Deakin, meaning you don't waste any time reaching your goals.


Give us a call to discuss your options

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Moving from TAFE to university?

Using TAFE study as a stepping stone is a great way to transition into university. By studying a diploma or advanced diploma at TAFE and then transferring to university, you'll graduate with two qualifications: one from TAFE and one from Deakin – turning you into a highly employable graduate on a path to success.

Check out the pathway options available to you below.


Guaranteed entry from TAFE to Deakin

By studying certain courses at one of Deakin's TAFE partners, you could gain guaranteed entry into the Deakin course of your dreams, giving you the confidence and reassurance you need to concentrate on your goals.

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Credit for Prior Learning

If you're completing a TAFE course that doesn't offer a guaranteed pathway, you could still use Credit for Prior Learning to gain credit for the work you've already done and reduce the amount of units you do at Deakin.

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Guaranteed pathways

Some TAFE courses offer a guaranteed pathway into Deakin – giving you the piece of mind to know that you're on track for a future at Deakin.

Fit study around your work and life

With flexible course options like studying online, studying part time, or units you can start any time, you'll never have to worry about fitting study around your work or family life.

Support from start to finish

From finding the right course and getting accepted, to study and personal support throughout your course and career options beyond, we can help you succeed.


Give us a call to discuss your options

1800 693 888

Combining work and study?

Let us show you how to advance your professional life while balancing study around your important personal, family and work commitments. Coming to university to get your first degree, starting fresh after not finishing a previous degree, or even taking on postgraduate study are great ways to enhance your career prospects.

Check out the pathway options available to you below.


Credit for Prior Learning

If you’ve been working, you may be able to use your experience in the workforce to get ahead in your Deakin degree. Your industry skills and achievements could be just as important as previous study and make you eligible for Credit for Prior Learning.

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DeakinCo.

DeakinCo. credentials acknowledge your current skills and converts them into university credentials without sitting through a uni course relearning what you already know. Developed in conjunction with industry, it’s true validation of your experience.

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Associate degrees

If it's been a while since you've studied, or if you've never gone to university before, a Deakin associate degree could be for you. It lets you study in a supported campus environment and provides a guaranteed pathway into arts or education.

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Guaranteed entry from TAFE to Deakin

By studying certain courses at one of Deakin's TAFE partners, you could gain guaranteed entry into the Deakin course of your dreams, giving you the confidence and reassurance you need to concentrate on your goals.

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Take your career to the next level

Our courses are recognised by industry, and our placement options give you real-world experience. Get a leg-up on the competition with the University ranked top 3 in Australia for graduate employability.*

Support from start to finish

From finding the right course and getting accepted, to study and personal support throughout your course, we can help you every step of the way to ensure you succeed.

Fit study around your work and life

With flexible course options like studying online, studying part time, or units you can start any time, you'll never have to worry about fitting study around your work or family life.


Give us a call to discuss your options

1800 693 888