TAFE pathways

Whether you're coming straight from high school or the workplace, you can use TAFE study as a stepping stone into university. You could even take advantage of our guaranteed entry TAFE partners or our Credit For Prior Learning program to shorten the length and cost of your degree once you get here. Take the next step on the path to your dream career today.


Strengthen your employability

Completing a TAFE course before studying at Deakin means that you'll start your Deakin career having already attained one qualification. By the time you've finished at Deakin, you'll have two – something employers will love.

Flexible study to suit your lifestyle

Getting a TAFE qualification first helps get you working, earning and networking sooner in an area relevant to your studies. If you're working after TAFE, Deakin's flexible part-time study options allow you to study at the same time.

Fast-track your degree

If you receive eight credit points from your TAFE course towards your Deakin degree, that's equivalent to a full year's worth of study, meaning you could save time and money by coming straight into second year at Deakin.

Guaranteed entry

Before starting your TAFE course, wouldn't you feel more comfortable and secure knowing there is a guaranteed place for you at Deakin afterwards? By studying certain courses at one of Deakin's TAFE partners, you can.


How does it work?

As long as your study performance meets the required standard, you'll be guaranteed a place at Deakin after completing your TAFE course. You'll also benefit from substantial credit for prior learning, meaning that the work you did at TAFE will count towards your degree.

So, find your dream Deakin course below and explore the TAFEs that can get you a guaranteed place at Deakin.


How to apply

Guaranteed entry applications are available during each intake period to domestic students who will be completing one of the TAFE courses listed below, or have completed one in the last 15 months.

Guaranteed entry applications are now open.


Trimester 1 2018 applications close 7 January 2018

Apply now

For enquiries about existing guaranteed entry applications, please contact our Admissions team.


Browse our range of guaranteed entry TAFE courses below:

Arts, education and criminology

Bachelor of Arts

Bendigo TAFE

Bendigo TAFE course Deakin coursemaximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing 22091VIC Bachelor of Arts A300 8 Melbourne Burwood,
Geelong Waurn Ponds, Cloud Campus 
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark

Melbourne Polytechnic

Melbourne Polytechnic course Deakin coursemaximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing 22091VIC Bachelor of Arts A300 8 Melbourne Burwood,
Geelong Waurn Ponds, Cloud Campus 
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark

Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing and Editing)

Bendigo TAFE

Bendigo TAFE course Deakin coursemaximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing 22091VIC Bachelor of Creative Writing A316 8 Melbourne Burwood,
Geelong Waurn Ponds,
Cloud Campus
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark

Melbourne Polytechnic

Melbourne Polytechnic course Deakin coursemaximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing 22091VIC Bachelor of Creative Writing A316 8 Melbourne Burwood,
Geelong Waurn Ponds,
Cloud Campus          
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark

Creative Arts

Bendigo TAFE

Bendigo TAFE course Deakin coursemaximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Diploma of Graphic Design CUV50311Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) A355 Under review Melbourne Burwood,
Geelong Waterfront
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Visual Arts CUV50111Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) A359Under reviewMelbourne Burwood,
Geelong Waterfront
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts CUV60211Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) A359Under reviewMelbourne Burwood,
Geelong Waterfront
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark

The Gordon

The Gordon Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Diploma of Graphic Design CUV50311 Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) A355 Under review Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design CUV60411Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) A355 Under review Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 50% average mark

South West TAFE

South West Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Diploma of Graphic Design CUV50311 Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) A355 Under review Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Screen and Media CUF50107 Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation A351 Under review Melbourne Burwood Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Visual Arts CUV50111 Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) A359 Under review Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts CUV60211 Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) A359 Under review Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 50% average mark

Box Hill Institute

Box Hill Institute Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design CUV60411 Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) A355 Under review Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Graphic Design CUV50311 Under review Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Visual Arts CUV50111 Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) A359 Under review Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 50% average mark

Chisholm Institute

Chisholm institute Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design CUV60411 Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) A355 Under review Melbourne Burwood,
Geelong Waterfront 
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Graphic Design CUV50311Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) A355Under reviewMelbourne Burwood,
Geelong Waterfront 
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Visual Arts CUV50111Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) A359Under reviewMelbourne Burwood,
Geelong Waterfront
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark

Melbourne Polytechnic

Melbourne Polytechnic Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design CUV60411 Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) A355 Under review Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Photo Imaging CUV50411Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography) A352Under reviewMelbourne Burwood, Geelong WaterfrontCompletion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Theatre Arts 22184VICBachelor of Creative Arts (Drama) A357Under reviewMelbourne BurwoodCompletion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Visual Arts CUV50111Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) A359Under reviewMelbourne Burwood, Geelong WaterfrontCompletion of diploma + 50% average mark
Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media CUF60107Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation A351Under reviewMelbourne BurwoodCompletion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Screen and Media CUF50107Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation A351Under reviewMelbourne BurwoodCompletion of diploma + 50% average mark

Riverina Institute – TAFE NSW

Riverina Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Diploma of Visual Arts CUV50111 Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) A359 Under review Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts CUV60211 Under review Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Graphic Design CUV50311Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) A355Under reviewMelbourne Burwood, Geelong WaterfrontCompletion of diploma + 50% average mark

Bachelor of Criminology

Chisholm Institute

Chisholm Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Advanced Diploma of Justice 22200VIC Bachelor of Criminology A329 Under review Melbourne Burwood,
Geelong Waurn Ponds,
Cloud Campus
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark

Commerce, management, property and real estate

Bachelor of Business

Chisholm Institute

Chisholm course Deakin coursemaximum Credit points recognisedCampus What you need for entry
Advanced Diploma of Management BSB60407 Bachelor of Business M325 Under review Geelong Waterfront,
Cloud Campus 
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Advanced Diploma of Management BSB60407 Bachelor of Business M325 Under review Melbourne Burwood Completion of diploma + 60% average mark
Diploma of Management BSB51107 Bachelor of Business M325Under review Geelong Waterfront,
Cloud Campus 
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Management BSB51107 Bachelor of Business M325Under review Melbourne Burwood Completion of diploma + 60% average mark

Southwest Institute of TAFE

South west course Deakin coursemaximum Credit points recognisedCampus What you need for entry
Diploma of Travel and Tourism SIT50112 Bachelor of Business M325 Under review Geelong Waterfront,
Cloud Campus
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Travel and Tourism SIT50112 Bachelor of Business M325 Under review Melbourne Burwood Completion of diploma + 60% average mark
Diploma of Events SIT50212 Bachelor of Business M325 Under review Geelong Waterfront,
Cloud Campus
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Events SIT50212 Bachelor of Business M325 Under review Melbourne Burwood Completion of diploma + 60% average mark

The Gordon

The Gordon course Deakin coursemaximum Credit points recognisedCampus What you need for entry
Diploma of Events SIT50212 Bachelor of Business M325 8 Geelong Waterfront,
Cloud Campus
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Events SIT50212 Bachelor of Business M325 8 Melbourne Burwood Completion of diploma + 60% average mark
Diploma of Leadership and Management BSB51915          Bachelor of Business M325 8 Geelong Waterfront,
Cloud Campus
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Leadership and Management BSB51915          Bachelor of Business M325 8 Melbourne Burwood Completion of diploma + 60% average mark

Bachelor of Commerce

Box Hill Institute

Box Hill Institute Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognisedCampus What you need for entry
Diploma of Accounting FNS50210 Bachelor of Commerce M300 8 Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, Cloud Campus,
Deakin Learning Centre - Dandenong
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Accounting FNS50210 Bachelor of Commerce M300 8 Melbourne Burwood Completion of diploma + 60% average mark

Chisholm Institute

Chisholm Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognisedCampus What you need for entry
Diploma of Accounting FNS50210 Bachelor of Commerce M300 8 Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, Cloud Campus,
Deakin Learning Centre - Dandenong
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Accounting FNS50210 Bachelor of Commerce M300 8 Melbourne Burwood Completion of diploma + 60% average mark
Advanced Diploma of Accounting FNS60210 Bachelor of Commerce M300 12 Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, Cloud Campus,
Deakin Learning Centre - Dandenong
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Advanced Diploma of Accounting FNS60210 Bachelor of Commerce M300 12 Melbourne Burwood Completion of diploma + 60% average mark

The Gordon

The Gordon Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognisedCampus What you need for entry
Advanced Diploma of Accounting FNS60215Bachelor of Commerce M300 10 Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool,
Cloud Campus,
Werribee Learning Centre
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Advanced Diploma of Accounting FNS60215Bachelor of Commerce M300 10 Melbourne Burwood Completion of diploma + 60% average mark
Diploma of Accounting FNS50215Bachelor of Commerce M300 8 Melbourne Burwood Completion of diploma + 60% average mark
Diploma of Accounting FNS50215Bachelor of Commerce M300 8 Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, Cloud Campus,
Werribee Learning Centre
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Leadership and Management BSB51915Bachelor of Commerce M300 7 Melbourne Burwood Completion of diploma + 60% average mark
Diploma of Leadership and Management BSB51915Bachelor of Commerce M300 7 Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, Cloud Campus Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Events SIT50212Bachelor of Commerce M300 8 Melbourne Burwood Completion of diploma + 60% average mark
Diploma of Events SIT50212Bachelor of Commerce M300 8 Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, Cloud Campus Completion of diploma + 50% average mark

South West TAFE

South West Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognisedCampus What you need for entry
Diploma of Accounting FNS50210 Bachelor of Commerce M300 7 Melbourne Burwood Completion of diploma + 60% average mark
Diploma of Accounting FNS50210 Bachelor of Commerce M300 7 Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, Cloud Campus Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Events SIT50212Bachelor of Commerce M300 7 Melbourne Burwood Completion of diploma + 60% average mark
Diploma of Events SIT50212Bachelor of Commerce M300 8 Geelong Waterfront,
Warrnambool,
Cloud Campus
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Travel and Tourism SIT50112Bachelor of Commerce M300 8 Melbourne Burwood Completion of diploma + 60% average mark
Diploma of Travel and Tourism (SIT50112) Bachelor of Commerce M300 8 Geelong Waterfront,
Warrnambool,
Cloud Campus
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark

Riverina Institute – TAFE NSW

Riverina Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognisedCampus What you need for entry
Diploma of Human Resources Management BSB50613 Bachelor of Commerce M300 Under review Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, Cloud Campus Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Human Resources Management BSB50613 Bachelor of Commerce M300 Under review Melbourne Burwood Completion of diploma + 60% average mark
Diploma of Accounting FNS50210 Bachelor of Commerce M300 Under review
Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, Cloud Campus
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Diploma of Accounting FNS50210 Bachelor of Commerce M300 Under review Melbourne Burwood Completion of diploma + 60% average mark
Advanced Diploma of Management (Human Resources) BSB60907 Bachelor of Commerce M300 Under review Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, Cloud Campus Completion of diploma + 50% average mark
Advanced Diploma of Management (Human Resources) BSB60907 Bachelor of Commerce M300 Under review Melbourne Burwood Completion of diploma + 60% average mark

Information technology, engineering and built environment

Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)

Riverina Institute – TAFE NSW

Riverina Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Diploma of Civil Construction Design RII50515Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) S460 8 Geelong Waurn Ponds, Cloud Campus (with mandatory intensives at Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus) Completion of diploma + 50% average mark

Bachelor of Information Technology

The Gordon

The Gordon Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Advanced Diploma of Information Technology ICA60111Bachelor of Information Technology S326 Under reviewMelbourne Burwood, 
Geelong Waurn Ponds,
Cloud Campus
Completion of diploma + 50% average mark

South West TAFE

South West Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Technology ICA60511 Bachelor of Information Technology S326 Under review Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds,
Cloud Campus 
Pass or above

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)

Bendigo TAFE

BENDIGO TAFE Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Diploma of Engineering - Technical MEM50212 Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) S4628Geelong Waurn Ponds, Cloud (online) with compulsory on-campus intensives Pass (50%) or above

Bachelor of Design (Architecture)

Bendigo TAFE

BENDIGO TAFE  Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) 22268VIC Bachelor of Design (Architecture) S342 11 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark

Chisholm Institute

Chisholm Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50210 Bachelor of Design (Architecture) S342 5 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark
Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) 22268VIC Bachelor of Design (Architecture) S342 11 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark

Box Hill Institute

Box Hill Institute Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) 22268VIC Bachelor of Design (Architecture) S342 11 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark
Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50210 Bachelor of Design (Architecture) S342 5 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark

The Gordon

The Gordon Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) 22268VIC Bachelor of Design (Architecture) S342 11 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark
Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50210Bachelor of Design (Architecture) S342 5 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark

Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours)

Bendigo TAFE

BENDIGO TAFE  Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) 22268VIC Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) D364 10 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark

Box Hill Institute

Box Hill Institute Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) 22268VIC Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) D364 10 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark
Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50210 Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) D364 7 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark

Chisholm Institute

Chisholm Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50210 Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) D364 7 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark
Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) 22268VIC Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) D364 10 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark

The Gordon

The Gordon Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) 22268VIC Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) D364 10 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark
Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50210 Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) D364 7 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark

Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours)

Bendigo TAFE

Bendigo TAFE Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) 22268VICBachelor of Construction Management (Honours) S346 10 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark

Box Hill Institute

Box Hill Institute Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) 22268VICBachelor of Construction Management (Honours) S346 10 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark
Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) (2013) CPC50210 Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) S346 12 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark

Chisholm Institute

Chisholm Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) 22268VICBachelor of Construction Management (Honours) S346 10 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark
Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50210 Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) S346 12 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark

The Gordon

The Gordon Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50210 Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) S346 12 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark
Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) 22268VICBachelor of Construction Management (Honours) S346 10 Geelong Waterfront Completion of diploma + 65% average mark

Nursing and social work

Bachelor of Social Work

Box Hill Institute

Box Hill Institute Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Diploma of Community Services CHC52015 Bachelor of Social Work H330 8Geelong Waterfront, 
Cloud Campus
Graded Diploma of Community Services Work (or equivalent) OR non-graded diploma holders to provide evidence of literacy and numeracy

South West TAFE

South West course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Diploma of Community Services Work CHC50612 Bachelor of Social Work H330 8 Geelong Waterfront, Cloud Campus  Graded Diploma of Community Services Work (or equivalent), or non-graded diploma holders are to provide evidence of literacy and numeracy

The Gordon

The Gordon Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Diploma of Community Services Work CHC50612 Bachelor of Social Work H330 8 Geelong Waterfront,
Cloud Campus
Graded Diploma of Community Services Work (or equivalent), or non-graded diploma holders are to provide evidence of literacy and numeracy

Bachelor of Nursing

South West TAFE

South West Course Deakin Course Maximum Credit points recognised Campus What you need for entry
Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) HLT51612 Bachelor of Nursing H326 Under review Warrnambool Successful completion of the Diploma of Nursing AND registered or eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (Subject to availability of places)

Credit for prior learning

Many students who have completed a diploma or advanced diploma will be eligible for credit. Application processes and closing dates may vary and can be found on individual course pages.

Find a course to check the application open and close dates

Credit for prior learning – Deakin partnerships

Deakin has relationships with many VET providers and can offer credit for prior learning for VET qualifications.

Learn more about credit for prior learning


Study locally and move later

If you live far away from Deakin, relocation and living costs can be high. By spending some time studying at your local TAFE first, you can save even more money.

Smooth your transition

Whether you're transitioning from school or the workplace, beginning university study can be challenging for many. TAFE offers a staged approach to learning, easing you in to study at tertiary level.

We can help get you 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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