Deakin Accelerate

Deakin Accelerate is a unique VCE extension studies program designed to give high-achieving students university-level learning opportunities.

In this program, you'll complete two units of a first-year university subject at the same time as your Year 12 studies, either at one of Deakin's four locations or through our innovative online learning environment, Cloud Campus.

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Study for free

There are no tuition fees as part of the Accelerate program – we pay them for you. That's two units you won't have to pay for later, so your future degree will cost less.

Ease your transition into university

Taking on university units while you're still at school is a great way to start your uni experience and get ahead.

Stand out from the crowd

As a high-achieving student in a rewarding and challenging program, you'll give your resume a distinctive edge, and highlight your drive for success.

Benefits of Deakin Accelerate

You'll get the same benefits of having a fifth or sixth VCE subject towards your ATAR, plus you'll get university credit and reduce the cost of your future degree at Deakin. If you're planning to complete an extra subject in Year 12, consider the extra experience, variety of subjects, and dynamic, exciting environment that comes with the Deakin Accelerate program.

Boost your ATAR

When you successfully complete the Accelerate program, you'll achieve between three and five increment points to be added to your ATAR aggregate.

Here's the ATAR increment contribution you can achieve based on your results:

Average mark for Accelerate units ATAR aggregate contribution Equivalent VCE study score
90 or more 5.0 points 50
80–89 4.5 points 45
70–79 4.0 points 40
60–69 3.5 points 35
50–59 3.0 points 30

Study on campus or online

Study at one of Deakin's four campuses: Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waterfront Campus, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus or Warrnambool Campus. Or, jump online! You can study via our Cloud Campus, where you'll have access to study resources 24/7. Access it from your desktop, tablet or mobile device, and have the classroom come to you with online lectures, study materials, resources and group seminars where you can get answers in real time.


Earn university credit

You'll gain credit on completion of your Accelerate units, and you can put it towards a related Deakin course – that's two units ticked off your degree.

Even if your Deakin course is unrelated to your Accelerate units, in many cases you'll still be able to use the credit you've earned as electives. This means you can lighten your first-year study load or fast-track your degree by going straight into second-year units.

Having the ability to study online gave me the flexibility to work my Deakin Accelerate program around my other school commitments. When I started university after Year 12, I felt as though I was one step ahead of everyone else because of the Accelerate program.

Shantelle Cowan

Current Deakin Student – Bachelor of Nursing

About Deakin Accelerate

Fitting in with your VCE

The Accelerate program allows you to study two first-year university units, one in Trimester 1 and one in Trimester 2. Your VCE studies will have started before you begin Accelerate units, so you'll be settled in and ready to incorporate the program into your study schedule.

If you choose to study on campus, you'll attend seminars and tutorials during the day. If studying online is more your thing, you can access online seminars and participate in discussions and activities in your free classes at school, or after hours.

We recommend you spend up to 10 hours a week on your Accelerate unit. This includes time spent preparing for class, like reading or activities, attending weekly lectures and seminars, and time spent completing assessments and studying for exams.

When it comes to university exam periods, you'll find these generally don't overlap with your VCE exams, so you will have plenty of time to study for both.

An example of Deakin trimesters vs school terms:

Eligibility

The Deakin Accelerate program is for students who are:

  • high-achievers with above-average Year 11 results
  • self-starters who can work independently
  • motivated to achieve a higher ATAR score
  • keen to make a head-start on their university degree.

To be considered for the program, you'll need to submit your completed application by the application closing date. Your application must include:

  • an excellent past academic record
  • an endorsement and recommendation from your school
  • signed permission from your parent or guardian and school
  • responses to the student supporting statement questions
  • up to five additional documents to support your application.

Prerequisites

Some Accelerate units will need you to complete particular VCE units 3 and 4 to be eligible for the program. For Accelerate units with prerequisite units, you must complete these prerequisites while you are in Year 11, or you may complete them in Year 12 concurrently, while studying your Accelerate units. Not all units have prerequisites, but the ones that do will be directly related to your Accelerate study area.

Prerequisite units are listed for each study area in the available study areas section.

Fees

There are no tuition fees as part of the Accelerate program – we pay them for you. That's two units you won't have to pay for later, so your future degree will cost less.

There may be costs associated with textbooks for your particular study area or materials for seminars. Most of the unit study resources are available online, and textbooks can often be purchased second-hand or borrowed from the library.

Selection and enrolment

Selection for the Accelerate program is undertaken from late December to early January and is conducted by the Deakin Student Admissions (DSA) team in conjunction with academic staff.

Some study areas do have caps on the number of places available each year. These caps are defined by each faculty, however there are usually between 25 and 30 places available in each study area. If applications for a study area exceed the cap, then applicants will be ranked based on the information provided in your application. To give you the best opportunity to be part of the program, you can select two study areas in order of preference. This means if you are not offered your first preference, you may be offered your second preference.

If you're successful in receiving an offer, you'll be sent an email with a letter of offer and enrolment information to the email address you supplied in your application. You will receive this while on school holidays in January, so please make sure you have access to your email account during the break.

You'll be required to accept your offer and enrol online usually within one week of receiving your offer. You can access the Deakin site to accept your offer and enrol from anywhere in the world. Once enrolled, you'll then be invited to attend the Accelerate Orientation in late February, to prepare you for your university studies.

Support

We want you to succeed so you'll be supported to perform at your best in both VCE and Accelerate units, with a dedicated team available to guide you through the program.

Studying at university is quite different to studying at secondary school, and we want to make the transition as easy as possible. All Accelerate students have full access to Deakin's study support services, where you can improve your general study skills or get help with a tricky assignment. Plus, you'll have full access to our library, both on campus and online, giving you more resources for your university and VCE studies.

I applied for the program to get a taste of university life and to accelerate my course. I loved that there was no difference between full-time university students and Accelerate students and we got to fully experience university life!

Lekha Krishna

Current Deakin Student - Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology

Available study areas

Deakin offers a selection of VCE higher education subjects that have been approved by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) to offer to VCE students:

Accounting

Prerequisites: You will have completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12, Units 3 and 4 VCE Accounting.

You will complete the following pair of Accounting units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

MAA103 Accounting for Decision Making

MAA261 Financial Accounting

Trimester

T1 (March – June)

T2 (July – October)

Campus

Cloud, Burwood, Warrnambool or Waterfront

Cloud or Burwood

Overview

Examine the importance of accounting to business decision making. In these units you will cover business planning and budgets; classification, analysis and summarisation of business transactions; preparation of classified accounting reports; and learn techniques to analyse and interpret financial statements.

There is a particular focus on accounting for specific transactions in accordance with relevant Australian Accounting Standards and understanding the conceptual framework, which underpins accounting decisions. You will also examine the financial accounting 'cycle', from recording relevant transactions through to preparation of financial statements, both manually and using computerised accounting software.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 2 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning including 11 scheduled online workshops of 1 hour duration

Campus: 1 x 2 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning including weekly online seminars of 1 hour duration

Assessments
  • Video presentation worth 5%
  • Written business plan worth 15%
  • Double entry recording assignment worth 20%
  • Examination worth 60%
  • Case study worth 20%
  • Group written assignment worth 20%
  • Examination worth 60%

Criminology

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite subjects that need to be completed to study Criminology.

You will complete the following pair of Criminology units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

ACR101 Introducing Crime and Criminology

ACR102 Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice

Trimester

T1 (March – June)

T2 (July – October)

Campus

Cloud, Burwood, Waterfront or Waurn Ponds

Cloud, Burwood, Waterfront or Waurn Ponds

Overview

This study area introduces you to the various ways in which we think about and respond to crime and its control. It introduces some of the key frameworks for understanding and explaining crime and examines some of the main types of crime. Examples include crimes between persons, groups and organisations, and crimes at local, national and international levels. This also provides a foundation for future study in criminology subjects.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 1 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning including weekly online seminars of 1 hour duration

Campus: 1 x 1 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning including weekly online seminars of 1 hour duration

Assessments
  • Portfolio worth 10%
  • Online Exercises worth 10%
  • Research and Writing Exercise worth 40%
  • Examination worth 40%
  • Online Exercises worth 10%
  • Presentation worth 10%
  • Research and Writing Exercise worth 40%
  • Examination worth 40%

Disability, diversity and inclusion

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite subjects that need to be completed to study Disability, Diversity and Inclusion.

You will complete the following pair of Disability, Diversity and Inclusion units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

HDS101 Communication and Diversity

HDS106 Diversity, Disability and Social Inclusion

Trimester

T1 (March – June)

T2 (July – October)

Campus

Cloud, Burwood or Waterfront

Cloud or Burwood

Overview

Communication and Diversity has a focus on communication with people with a disability, and those from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. You will examine communication issues specific to physical disability, autism spectrum disorder, brain injury, and vision/hearing impairment. Diversity, Disability and Social Inclusion explores the complex and dynamic interrelationships between people who have a disability and the society in which they live.

Contact hours

Campus: An average of 2 hours per week, plus additional online learning experiences

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning including weekly online seminars of 2 hours duration

Campus: An average of 2 hours per week, plus additional online learning experiences

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning including weekly online seminars of 2 hours duration

Assessments
  • Online multiple choice quiz worth 20%
  • Reflective essay worth 40%
  • Communication profile worth 40%
  • Online multiple choice quiz worth 20%
  • Online role-play worth 40%
  • Multimedia presentation and bibliography worth 40%

Economics

Prerequisites: You will have completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12, Units 3 and 4 VCE Economics.

You will complete the following pair of Economics units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

MAE101 Economic Principles

MAE203 The Global Economy

Trimester

T1 (March – June)

T2 (July – October)

Campus

Cloud, Warrnambool or Waterfront

Cloud or Waterfront

Overview

Gain an understanding of the Australian economic system within the world economy, and the ability to identify and assess current macroeconomic problems and policies. You will learn about consumer and producer behaviours and their interactions in the marketplace. Evaluate the workings and the impacts of monetary and fiscal policy, and examine issues such as economic growth, unemployment, inflation, balance of payments and, exchange rates.

Contact hours

Campus: 2 x 1 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 scheduled online seminars

Campus: 1 x 2 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 scheduled online seminars

Assessments
  • Written assignment worth 25%
  • Online quizzes worth 15%
  • Examination worth 60%
  • Online/in class test(s worth 15%
  • Essay worth 25%
  • Examination worth 60%

Health practice and research

Prerequisites: You will have completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12, Units 3 and 4 VCE Health and Human Development.

You will complete the following pair of Health Practice and Research units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

HBS110 Health Behaviour

HBS108 Health Information and Data

Trimester

T1 (March – June)

T2 (July – October)

Campus

Cloud, Burwood, Waurn Ponds, Warrnambool

Cloud

Overview

Health Behaviour examines the impact of lifestyle, behaviours and other factors that affect the health and health behaviours across the life span. You will develop an understanding of the process, challenges and skills involved in health behaviour change. In Health Information and Data, you will learn how to measure disease and health in populations, critically examine the many health claims we see every day and review the quality of health information available to the public.

Contact hours

Cloud (online): 1 x 2 hour class (online) and 1 x 1.5 hour (online) seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week

Assessments
  • 3 x health behaviour journal entries worth 45%
  • 10 x online quizzes worth 10%
  • Examination worth 45%
  • 800 word assignment worth 20%
  • 1200 word assignment worth 30%
  • Examination worth 50%

Journalism

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite subjects that need to be completed to study Journalism.

You will complete the following pair of Journalism units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

ALJ111 News Reporting 1

ALJ112 News Reporting 2

Trimester

T1 (March – June)

T2 (July – October)

Campus

Cloud, Burwood or Waurn Ponds

Cloud, Burwood or Waterfront

Overview

This study area introduces you to the practice and theory of contemporary journalism in multimedia newsrooms within the context of professional, legal and social issues. You’ll learn about key news beats and how journalists identify newsworthy events and issues of interest to their audience. These units are also practice-based so you get to sharpen your writing skills as you research and produce multimedia news stories.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities

Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities

Assessments
  • Research file worth 20%
  • News story for print media worth 40%
  • Multimedia news story worth 40%
  • Social media for reporting worth 20%
  • Photojournalism assignment worth 40%
  • Video based assignment worth 40%

Law

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: You will have completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12, Units 3 and 4 VCE Legal Studies.

You will complete the following pair of Law units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

MLL110 Legal Research and Statutory Interpretation

MLL111 Contract

Trimester

T1 (March – June)

T2 (July – October)

Campus

Cloud, Burwood, Waterfront or Warrnambool

Cloud, Burwood, Waterfront or Warrnambool

Overview

Develop an understanding of the importance of contract law in commercial life and private settings and how contract problems may be approached and resolved. Equip yourself with fundamental legal skills and knowledge, which are the cornerstone of an excellent legal education. Topics include: the nature of the law; legal history; development of the Australian legal system; legal reasoning; statute law and statutory interpretation; legal research; and legal communication and writing and legal ethics.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week and 1 x 2 hour large group interactive learning experience (cloud learning material also provided)

Cloud (online): Cloud provided learning material, 1 x 2 hour Cloud seminar and 1 x 2 hour large group interactive learning experience per week

Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week (cloud learning material also provided)

Cloud (online): Cloud provided learning material and 1 x 2 hour Cloud seminar per week

Assessments
  • Case analysis worth 20%
  • Online legal research test worth 20%
  • Citation exercise worth 10%
  • Statutory interpretation exercise worth 50%
  • Multiple choice test worth 10%
  • Memo of advice worth 30%
  • Examination worth 60%

Management

Prerequisites: You will have completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12, Units 3 and 4 VCE Business Management.

You will complete the following pair of Management units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

MMM132 Management

MMM241 Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Trimester

T1 (March – June)

T2 (July – October)

Campus

Cloud, Burwood or Waterfront

Cloud, Burwood or Waterfront

Overview

This study area will provide you with a critical understanding of the intellectual foundations of the study of management and the dynamic nature of entrepreneurship. You will examine how managerial action impacts on and is shaped by the environment by considering globalisation, ethics, social responsibility and the social and cultural context of management. You will enhance and apply your knowledge towards the creation of positive social or environmental change.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 2 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (Online): 1 x 2 hour online class and 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week

Campus: 1 x 2 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (Online): 1 x 2 hour online class and 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week

Assessments
  • Written assignment worth 40%
  • Group concept summary and reflection worth 10%
  • Examination worth 50%
  • Progress report worth 10%
  • Group Report worth 40%
  • Examination worth 50%

Marketing

Prerequisites: You will have completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12, Units 3 and 4 VCE Business Management.

You will complete the following pair of Marketing units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

MMK101 Marketing Fundamentals

MMK266 Consumer Behaviour

Trimester

T1 (March – June)

T2 (July – October)

Campus

Cloud, Burwood, Warrnambool or Waterfront

Cloud or Burwood

Overview

Explore some of the psychological, social, and cultural processes that influence consumers, like you and the people you know, to do the things we do, and establish how knowledge of these processes can be used to better market products and services. This unit focusses on the creativity involved in the marketing process, ranging from understanding consumer needs to designing consumer-driven integrated marketing strategies using the marketing mix. If you are creative, strategic and a critical thinker, then marketing is for you!

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 2 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (Online): 1 x 2 hour online class and 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week

Campus: 1 x 1 hour class and 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Cloud (Online): 1 x 1 hour online class and 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week

Assessments
  • Compulsory online digital literacy module
  • Written report worth 20%
  • Written report worth 40%
  • Examination worth 40%
  • Written interview analysis worth 20%
  • Written communication plan worth 30%
  • Video pitch worth 10%
  • Examination worth 40%

Psychological science

Prerequisites: You will have completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12, Units 3 and 4 VCE Psychology.

You will complete the following pair of Psychological Science units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

HPS111 Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

HPS121 Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

Trimester

T1 (March – June)

T2 (July – October)

Campus

Cloud, Burwood, Warrnambool or Waurn Ponds

Cloud, Burwood, Warrnambool or Waurn Ponds

Overview

This study area explores the fundamental principles underpinning the study of human psychology. You will gain new insights into the science of behaviour, a mastery of important research and writing skills, and a strong platform for learning advanced topics in psychology. You will look at how humans – as both biological and social beings – develop throughout the lifespan as you explore the complex interaction between biological and environmental influences.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Cloud (Online): 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week

Campus: 1 x 1 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 1 hour cloud (online) class and 1 x 1 hour cloud (online) seminar per week

Assessments
  • Critical response essay worth 20%
  • Academic essay worth 30%
  • 3 x online quizzes worth 20%
  • Multiple choice examination worth 30%
  • Laboratory report worth 40%
  • Multiple choice examination worth 60%

Robotics and data science

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite subjects that need to be completed to study Robotics and Data Science.

You will complete the following pair of Robotics and Data Science units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

SIT122 Robotics Studio

SIT123 Data Capture Technologies

Trimester

T1 (March – June)

T2 (July – October)

Campus

Cloud or Burwood

Cloud or Burwood

OverviewRobotic systems and the connected, smart devices that make up the Internet of Things, are technologies that sense their environment, reason about this data, and then act in response to it. In this sequence of units, you will work hands-on with humanoid robots, small computing devices and embedded systems, and the sensor technologies that underpin the data revolution enabling intelligent systems to operate in the real world. You will learn and practice a range of programming methods, including visual programming languages and event-driven programming, applying this knowledge to build behaviour-based robotics applications, and to create devices to collect data from the world around you.
Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 3 hour face-to-face studio session per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 3 hour online studio session per week

Campus: 1 x 1 hour class and 1 x 3 hour practical per week

Cloud (Online): 1 x 1 hour scheduled online workshop per week

Assessments
  • Project and demonstration worth 40%
  • Problem-solving tasks worth 30%
  • Report worth 30%
  • Project and poster presentation worth 30%
  • Practical tasks worth 30%
  • Examination worth 40%

Sport Management - New in 2019

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite subjects that need to be completed to study Sport Management.

You will complete the following pair of Sport Management units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

MMS100 Sport Organisation

MMS201 Sport in Society

Trimester

T1 (March – June)

T2 (July – October)

Campus

Cloud or Burwood

Cloud or Burwood

Overview

Examine the structure of the Australian sports industry. Review past trends that have shaped the sports industry, gain an understanding of the current status of businesses, agencies, and organisations nationally and internationally, and explore future directions in the business of sport. The social significance of sport in Australian culture and the need for sport managers to be sensitive to cultural and social nuances will be examined.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 1.5 hour class and 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week

Cloud (Online): 1 x 1.5 hour online class and 1 x 1.5 hour online seminar per week

Campus: 1 x 2 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (Online): 1 x 2 hour class and 1 x 1 hour online workshop per week

Assessments
  • Written assignment worth 30%
  • Group assignment worth 20%
  • Examination worth 50%
  • Written assignment worth 40%
  • Examination worth 60%
Deakin Accelerate

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How to apply

Applications for the 2019 Accelerate program are currently open. They will close on 17 December 2018.

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