Associate degrees

Deakin’s associate degrees are an alternative course option specifically designed for students looking to commence their studies with a higher level of support.

Our flexible approach means that you can start studying at Deakin and experience everything the University has to offer within a supportive learning environment.

What is a Deakin associate degree?

The Deakin Associate Degree of Arts or Associate Degree of Education are two year, full-time (or part-time equivalent) courses specifically designed for students who would benefit from a supported entry to tertiary study. 

The courses provide pathways into university and are a direct stepping stone into select Deakin degrees. You can also take an associate degree as a stand-alone qualification.

Why an associate degree may be right for you

An associate degree gets you into the university environment and onto campus. You’ll feel part of the Deakin community straight away and develop the necessary learning skills to succeed at university. Smaller class sizes for supportive learning and guaranteed entry into Deakin make an associate degree a smart choice.

Who can apply?

Associate degrees are open to everyone, but best meet the needs of students with no study experience or those returning to study after a substantial period of time. 

They are also a practical option for students who have completed Year 12 without a high enough ATAR and school leavers without Year 12.

How to apply

We’ll step you through the application process with our easy to follow guidelines.

How to apply to become an associate degree student

Where can I study my associate degree?

The Associate Degree of Arts is offered at the Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, Warrnambool Campus and Cloud Campus. Four foundation units must be taken at a physical campus, so Cloud Campus students are expected to travel to one of the three campuses on a weekly basis.

The Associate Degree of Education is available at Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus and Warrnambool Campus.

Where to from here?

Once you complete your associate degree, you’ll have several options, including guaranteed transition and entry into:

Credit for prior learning

Following your associate degree, you will receive significant credit for the units you have already studied as part of your pathway course.

Read more about credit for prior learning at Deakin

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