TAFE Pathways - Transfer to Deakin

Deakin University encourages students to undertake TAFE study pathway entry into many Deakin courses.

At Deakin, we value TAFE students who choose Deakin for further study and give credit for TAFE study as listed in the Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) database. We also welcome applications for credit for any prior studies at a TAFE institution. If you're a school student, current TAFE student or TAFE graduate, you can choose to complete your degree at Deakin after TAFE study.

We know that many employers recognise the value of a dual TAFE and university qualification therefore, Deakin has partnerships with a number of TAFE institutes. We also know that some students prefer to study at TAFE to prepare them for university study and employment.

Deakin has pathway arrangements with TAFEs close to its campuses in Geelong, Melbourne and Warrnambool. We also have a range of formal pathway arrangements with many other TAFE institutes across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia for selected programs. You can choose to study at a Deakin campus or via the cloud (previously known as off-campus study) – the choice is yours!

Below are just some of the institutions Deakin has formal CPL arrangements:

Box Hill InstituteChisholm Institute
The GordonSouth West TAFE
HolmesglenKangan Institute
Bendigo TAFESunraysia Institute of TAFE
GOTAFEWodonga Institute of TAFE
New South Wales
Riverina InstituteSydney Institute
South Australia

View a list of Victorian TAFE institutions and calculate your Credit for Prior Learningto determine your credit arrangements.

Please note you are still able to apply directly for credit for your prior studies even if your TAFE institution is not listed.

Why choose a TAFE Pathway to transfer to Deakin?

  • Save money! You can save thousands of dollars on university fees by achieving credit for your TAFE studies or by studying locally.
  • Earn and learn! Work while you undertake study. We're flexible and you'll have a better chance at a better job with your TAFE diploma.
  • Be wanted! You'll have a highly marketable mix of practical and theoretical knowledge after your TAFE and Deakin study.
  • Do it in stages! Learn the important skills for Deakin study while doing your TAFE diploma.

Achieve a Diploma or Advanced Diploma from one of our partner TAFEs and achieve between 6 and 18 months credit towards your Deakin degree. On completion of a TAFE Diploma of Advanced Diploma, and subject to meeting University academic entrance criteria, you will be offered a place to start in second year of a Deakin University undergraduate degree at one of Deakin's campuses or through flexible delivery.

A wide range of TAFE courses and qualifications offer agreed Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) – that's credit for your TAFE Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

If you undertake an eligible TAFE course in a field similar to the Deakin course of your choice, you will gain Credit for Prior Learning towards your Deakin degree. Access our online Credit for Prior Learning database to determine your credit arrangements as this will reduce the number of units you need to complete to obtain your degree. You will also benefit from having not one but two qualifications - one from TAFE and one from Deakin - the best of both worlds!

So if you want to study at Deakin, and get two qualifications with only a little more time, TAFE Pathways are a highly attractive route into degree level study.

Page custodian: Marketing
Last updated:

Back to top