Guidance for parents

When your child starts university it can be as exciting (and daunting) for you as it is for them. We've gathered all the information you may need, so the only hard part will be saying goodbye.

Getting into Deakin

How to support Year 11s and 12s

During the last years of high school, people start asking what your child wants to do with their life. It's also when grades really start to matter, so it can be quite a stressful time.

We've put together some tips on how to help your child stay focused and develop the skills needed for university.

See our tips for supporting Year 11s and 12s

Choosing a university

There are a lot of things to take into account when choosing a university, including:

  • reputation
  • student satisfaction
  • success of graduates
  • location
  • courses on offer
  • ATAR scores needed
  • cost.

The best place to start is by comparing the course that your child would like to take between different universities.

Search for a course

Entry pathways

There's more than one way to get into Deakin. If your child's ATAR score isn't quite high enough to get them into their chosen course, don't worry.

Other options include:

Pathways through Deakin

  • Associate degrees at Deakin University
  • Courses through our learning centres
  • Diplomas through Deakin College
  • Single unit (non-award) study

Pathways through TAFE

  • Guaranteed entry pathway
  • Diplomas at TAFE

Pathways through other institutions

  • Credit transfers

Pathways through the workforce

  • Work experience
  • Prior industry training

Learn more about pathways

Increasing ATAR scores

The Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) lets some students increase their ATAR score. Reasons a student may be able to boost their score include:

  • coming from a remote geographical location
  • being a mature-age student (anyone who isn't a school leaver)
  • recognition as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • a non-English speaking background
  • experiencing difficult circumstances
  • having a disability or medical condition.

For example, if you're a mature-age student from a non-English speaking background, your ATAR could increase by around seven points.

Use the Special Entry Access Scheme calculator

Parents of students who are under 18

There are certain legal obligations surrounding students who are aged under 18 when they go to university. The main issue is that under 18s cannot study in Australia without one of the following:

  • Being accompanied by a parent or legal custodian
  • Living with a suitable relative
  • A written statement explaining that their accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements are in place.

Parents' guidebook

Get even more detail about what to expect when your child goes off to university with our guide, written especially for parents. Find information on:

  • choosing a course and university
  • helping your child with their last years of school
  • pathways into university
  • real-life parent-student stories, as well as those from Deakin students
  • how to apply to university
  • teaching style at university
  • costs of study and sample budgets
  • social networks
  • mentors
  • student support
  • career planning.

Preparing for university

We've put together a checklist to help your child prepare for university. It includes important dates, enrolling for their course, finding somewhere to live, getting to know their campus and sorting out their finances. 

If your child is coming to Australia to study, there's some extra information in our international students section.

See our preparation checklist

Additional preparation for international students

Understanding university fees

University fees depend on the type of student (undergraduate, postgraduate, domestic or international) you are, and whether the you'll be receiving any financial assistance.

Find out more about fees

Find out more about fee payment assistance

Learn about scholarships

Life at Deakin

There are five Deakin University campuses: Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool and our Cloud Campus for students studying primarily online. 

Some courses are only taught at one campus, but usually our students can choose which campus they'd like to study at.

Explore Melbourne Burwood Campus

Explore Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Explore Geelong Waterfront Campus

Explore Warrnambool Campus

Find out more about our Cloud Campus

Services and support

As well as study support from lecturers, mentors and many online study resources, students also have access to:

  • campus libraries
  • study support
  • a medical centre
  • counselling
  • international student support
  • sports facilities and a gym (on campus for all locations except Geelong Waterfront)
  • a spiritual centre
  • a disability resource centre
  • child care (on campus for all locations except Geelong Waterfront)
  • places to eat
  • legal assistance
  • student advocacy
  • career guidance and advice
  • peer mentoring programs
  • cultural and social events
  • 24-hour security guards.

Skills students need at university

It's not always easy to know how to provide appropriate support to students starting their university journey. But encouragement and understanding can have a significant impact on their growth as a student and as a person.

In order to maximise their success at university, students need to develop:

  • independence
  • confidence
  • help-seeking
  • perseverance
  • resilience.

Beyond university

When your child goes to university, it’s not just the start of their tertiary education but also a step towards their professional plans and career. We offer students career preparation from day one, giving advice and assistance through our online career planning resource, Job Search Essentials. 

If your child’s about to go to university, encourage them to:

Visit Deakin's online Job Search Essentials once they're enrolled

Job Search Essentials helps students discover what's important to them so they can plan their career path and navigate the jobs and careers of the future. We also give them the tools and techniques to help them with job applications and interviews.

Engage with university life

We don't just mean by studying, but also by joining clubs, societies and making connections. Students who are social are usually more motivated to succeed.

Balance study and work

Employers are looking for well-rounded graduates who can demonstrate personal skills and attributes that stretch beyond their degree.

Take advantage of Deakin's work experience options

Studying at Deakin will open students up to all sorts of work experience opportunities, including internships, industry-based learning (IBL) and work integrated-learning programs (WIL). 

These take place with an employer and provide huge benefits for securing a career.

Student privacy

Deakin is often contacted by parents wanting to check that their child is attending classes or making good academic progress. We're unable to provide personal information about students to their parents unless the student has given their explicit consent. 

This is regardless of whether the student in question is under 18 or if the parent is paying their fees or expenses.

Read our privacy policy