Guidance for parents and caregivers
When your child starts university it can be both exciting and daunting, for you and for them. We've gathered all the information you may need so that you can prepare them (and yourself) for the journey ahead.
Studying at Deakin will give your child access to boundless development opportunities. We empower them to learn and grow in a safe and supportive environment, while preparing them for the jobs of the future.
We do this by:
- optimising our services and support programs to meet the prioritised needs of students
- delivering services, resources and facilities to enable an engaged, inclusive, productive and satisfied learning community.
A university degree can give your child:
- increased job opportunities
- higher earning potential – our full-time bachelor's degree graduates have a median salary of $70,000*
- the opportunity to develop invaluable life skills, such as communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills
- an exceptional learning experience – Deakin is consistently ranked first for student satisfaction in Victoria.
Supporting their university journey
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.
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.
Students under the age of 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.
Choosing a university
There are a lot of things to take into account when choosing a university, including:
- courses on offer
- ATAR scores needed
- success of graduates
- student satisfaction
The best place to start is by comparing the course your child would like to take between different universities.
Parents and caregivers' guide
Get even more detail about what to expect when your child goes off to university with our full parents and caregivers' guide. Find information on:
- choosing a course and university
- helping your child with their last years of school
- how to apply to university
- costs of study and sample budgets
- pathways into university
- student support
- career planning.
Preparing for university
We've put together a checklist to help your child prepare for university. It includes important dates as well as information on:
- how to enrol for their course
- find somewhere to live
- get to know their campus
- sort out their finances.
If your child is coming to Australia to study, there's some extra information in our international students section.
Deakin courses focus on applied and integral skills, as well as real-life experience and knowledge, to ensure graduates are employable in their chosen field.
bachelor of nursing and midwifery
Pathways into Deakin
There's more than one way to get into university. If your child's ATAR score isn't enough to gain them entry into their chosen course, it's important to know there are other avenues they can explore to begin their studies at Deakin.
Deakin is committed to providing equity and access for students who might not otherwise enjoy the benefits of higher education. The Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) works by adding a point bonus to your child’s aggregate score. This brings their score up to the level we think they would have achieved if their circumstances had been different. The bonus scheme increases their chance of getting a course offer but does not guarantee it.
Reasons a student may be able to boost their score include:
- coming from a remote geographical location
- recognition as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
- a non-English speaking background
- experiencing difficult circumstances
- having a disability or medical condition.
Life at Deakin
We have five campuses: Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, and the Cloud Campus for those studying primarily online. Some courses are only taught at one campus, but usually students can choose their location.
Explore Deakin's campuses
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
- 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.
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.
Our dedicated Graduate Employment Division offers all students career preparation from day one, giving advice and assistance through an extensive suite of DeakinTALENT programs and services. Students are encouraged to explore their career interests and discover the breadth of career outcomes their course can lead to.
If your child’s about to start at Deakin, encourage them to:
Get acquainted with DeakinTALENT once they've enrolled
DeakinTALENT's programs and services help 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 making new connections and joining one or many of our clubs and societies. Students who are social are usually more motivated to succeed.
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.
Deakin is often contacted by parents and caregivers wanting to check that their child is attending classes or making good academic progress. We're unable to provide personal information about students unless the student has given their explicit consent.
This is regardless of whether the student in question is under 18 or if the parent or caregiver is paying their fees or expenses.