TAFE Pathways

Studying at TAFE is a great way to get into your dream course at Deakin.

How it works

Say you'd love to get into Deakin's Bachelor of Arts, but unfortunately you don't meet the requirements for getting in. Don't worry! Another option is to complete a diploma at TAFE in an area related to arts. For example, you could spend a year studying a Diploma of Graphic Design at South West TAFE. Then, you'd begin your journey into Deakin's Bachelor of Arts and receive credit towards your degree. Easy!

Benefits of TAFE pathways

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  • Save thousands of dollars – if you receive 8 credit points from your TAFE course towards your Deakin degree, that's equivalent to a full year's worth of study. You'll therefore save money by replacing a year at university with a year at TAFE.
  • Flexibility – getting a TAFE qualification first helps get you working, earning and networking sooner in an area relevant to your studies. If you gain employment once you've completed your TAFE course, Deakin's flexible part-time study options allow you to work and study at the same time.
  • Two qualifications – completing a TAFE course before studying at Deakin means that you'll come out of your degree with two qualifications – one from TAFE and one from Deakin. This not only adds another qualification to your resume, but potential employers often find this mix of theoretical and practical knowledge attractive.
  • Study locally – if you live far away from Deakin, relocating and living costs can be quite high. By spending some time studying at your local TAFE first, you can save even more money.
  • Make it a smooth transition – the jump from high school to university can be quite challenging for many students. TAFE offers a staged approach to learning, easing you in to study at tertiary level.

Guaranteed pathways

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 at one of Deakin's guaranteed entry TAFE partners, you can.

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 from 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.

Deakin–TAFE partnerships

Credit for prior learning – Deakin partnerships

In addition to our guaranteed entry TAFE partners, Deakin has partnerships with many other TAFEs, offering credit for prior learning.

Interested in learning more?

Email pathways@deakin.edu.au or phone 1300 DEGREE (1300 334 733) to speak to one of our friendly team members.

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