Associate degree pathways

Deakin’s associate degrees are a great option for students looking to commence their studies with a higher level of support. Our flexible approach, smaller class sizes and guaranteed mean that you can start studying at Deakin and experience everything the University has to offer within a supportive learning environment.


Guaranteed pathways

A Deakin Associate Degree provides a pathway into tertiary study at Deakin, and are a guaranteed stepping stone into select bachelor degrees.

Fit study around your life

With flexible course options like studying online or studying part-time, you'll never have to worry about fitting study around your work, family or social 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.

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.

You can take an associate degree as a stand-alone qualification, or use it as a stepping stone into further study, or as a guaranteed pathway into a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Criminology or Bachelor of Education (Primary).

Learn more about the Associate Degree of Arts

Learn more about the Associate Degree of Education

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.

Where can I study my associate degree?

The Associate Degree of Arts is offered at the Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waurn Ponds 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 afterwards?

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


Credit for Prior Learning

You will also receive significant credit for the units you have already studied as part of your associate degree, meaning you could use that credit to gain entry to (and reduce the amount of units you need to complete in) a whole range of other Deakin degrees.

Read more about credit for prior learning at Deakin

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 for an associate degree

We can help you get there

The easiest way to find your clearest pathway into Deakin 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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