Entry pathways

The traditional path from Year 12 to university isn’t the only way into Deakin. If you didn’t get the ATAR you wanted, 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.

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Didn't get the ATAR you wanted?

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

Transfer between campusesStart your course at a campus with a lower ATAR requirement, then apply to transfer to your desired campus after completing the specified number of units.

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Transfer between coursesApply 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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Associate degrees A Deakin associate degree in arts or education lets you study in a supported campus environment and provides a pathway into arts or education.

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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. Related diplomas or advanced diplomas you've completed can count as credit towards your entry into Deakin.

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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 applying 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.

Entry from TAFE to Deakin By studying certain courses at one of Deakin's TAFE partners, you could gain 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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Recognition of prior learning (RPL) If you're completing a TAFE course that doesn't offer a pathway into Deakin, you could still use recognition of 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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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.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) If you're completing a TAFE course that doesn't offer a pathway into Deakin, you could still use recognition of prior learning to gain credit for the work you've already done and reduce the amount of units you do at Deakin.

Learn more about RPL
Associate degrees A Deakin associate degree in arts or education lets you study in a supported campus environment and provides a pathway into arts or education.

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

Learn more about TAFE pathways

Find your pathway

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.

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