Help hub

Got a question but can't find the answer? Try our Help hub – we've curated the questions our future student advisers are asked most frequently to help you navigate those trickier topics. Alternatively, you can contact us directly via phone, email, enquiry form or live chat.

When can I apply for 2021 courses?

VTAC has confirmed that, at this stage, the timeline for Year 12 students will remain as scheduled, with applications for 2021 courses opening in August. Stay up-to-date with the latest news on ATARs and 2021 applications via VTAC's website.

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What is Change of Preference (COP)?

Change of Preference (COP) is a stage in the VTAC application process relating to the input of course preferences. You can include up to eight course options on your preference list. During COP periods, you can change the order of your preferences, as well as add or remove courses.

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When is COP?

COP closes on 4 January 2021 at 12pm, five days after ATAR release. COP reopens on 14 January 2021 after January offers are made. COP closes again on 21 January 2021 and reopens on 2 February 2021, after February offers are made. Final close is 17 February 2021.

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What does preferencing a course mean?

Preferencing a course is when a Year 12 student ranks up to eight courses they'd most like to study in order of preference in VTAC's application system. Once preferences are in, they may receive an offer for their highest eligible course based on the entry requirements.

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How do I preference a course?

Visit VTAC and follow the prompts to create an account and enter your course preferences – you can preference up to eight courses. You'll have from 31 December 2020 until 4 January 2021 to change or adjust your preferences before the VTAC system closes while offers are being generated.

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Will Deakin be making offers for all courses in the January round?

Yes, at this stage Deakin will make offers for all courses within the January offer round.

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How do Year 12 students apply?

Current Year 12 students must apply through VTAC. You can list up to eight courses, in order of preference, within the VTAC application system. Once ATARs are released on 30 December 2020, applications will be assessed and offers will be sent out in the January and February 2021 rounds.

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When do Year 12 students apply?

Applications for Trimester 1, 2021 opened on 3 August 2020. Timely applications closed 5pm 30 September 2020. Late applications close 5pm 6 November 2020 and very late applications close 5pm 4 December 2020.

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Who can help me with my VTAC application?

Need help with your VTAC application? Head to www.vtac.edu.au/help. For technical assistance, refer to www.vtac.edu.au/help/technical.

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Do I have to meet all course prerequisites?

Yes, regardless of your ATAR, if you don't meet the course requirements as listed on VTAC then you aren't eligible to receive an offer for that course. Why not think outside the box and use our pathway finder to explore what other options may be available to you.

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Can I change my preferences after I receive an offer?

Yes, you can change your preferences after receiving an offer. You're also still eligible to receive an offer for any courses listed above your current offer, i.e. if you receive an offer for your third preference, you may still receive an offer for your first and second preferred courses.

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How many times can I change my preferences?

You can change your preferences as many times as you like within the COP timeframes.

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What's the difference between each offer round from November to February?

The November offer round is for non-Year 12 students who have applied through VTAC within the timely offer period and meet the relevant eligibility criteria. The January and February offer rounds are for current Year 12 and IB students in all states.

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When will I receive an offer?

The January round offers will be sent on 14 January 2021. Whether you do or don't receive an offer during this round, you may still receive an offer in the first February round on 1 February 2021 or the second February round on 8 February 2021.

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How many offers can I receive?

You can receive one offer per round. Any offers you receive will be for the highest eligible course on your preference list, assuming you've met all criteria for each course listed.

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Do I accept my January offer in January, or in February after all rounds are completed?

We recommend you accept each offer as you receive them. You’ll still be eligible to receive additional offers in other rounds for any higher-preferred courses in your preference list, regardless if you’ve previously accepted, declined or deferred an offer.

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If I receive an offer in January, can I still get other offers in later rounds?

Yes, you can still receive additional offers in later rounds even if you've previously accepted, declined or deferred an offer in January. However, if you receive an offer for your first preference and don't adjust your course preference list before the next round, you will not receive any further offers.

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Who do I contact for help about my Deakin offer?

Get in touch with our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 or via live chat. Our team will be available for extended hours throughout the Christmas period. If you'd prefer to chat to someone in person, be sure to register for one of our online COP events.

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How will I know if Deakin's making offers in later rounds?

Deakin courses that won't be making any further offers in later rounds will be indicated against your preferences in VTAC.

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Do entry requirements change between offer rounds?

No – entry requirements, including folio submissions and interviews, remain the same when applying through VTAC, regardless of the offer round.

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If I get an offer in January, can I defer and wait for a better offer in later rounds?

Deferral means to put off accepting an offer for up to two years. If you intend to start studying in the next intake you should accept, as you can still receive additional offers in later rounds even if you've previously accepted, declined or deferred an offer.

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Can I receive more than one offer per round?

No, you can only receive one offer per round. If you receive an offer for your first preference and don't adjust your course preference list before the next round, you will not receive any further offers.

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What does 'Lowest selection rank to which an offer was made' mean?

The lowest selection rank is the adjusted value – ATAR plus additional points (if eligible) – you would have needed to get into a course the previous year. If you achieve this rank you're likely to get in, unless it's since increased or entry requirements also include other criteria, e.g. a folio.

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What is special consideration?

Special consideration acknowledges the hard work you've put in to get to uni, while recognising what you could have achieved if your circumstances were different. A successful application can adjust your rank. This means you can be offered a place in a course at Deakin, with a lower rank than would usually be required.

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How do I apply for special consideration?

Applying for special consideration is simple, and in some cases you won't need to provide any details outside of your course application. The process is different for each category, so please visit the relevant special consideration page for step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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Will special consideration be given to all Year 12s this year?

Normally individual students are assessed for special consideration on a case-by-case basis. This year, schools will provide the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) with information on every single student. This means every Victorian student will be individually assessed, and any adverse impacts of coronavirus will be reflected in ATAR rankings.

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What's going to happen with ATARs?

VTAC will be releasing ATARs on the same schedule as VCE results, which is before the end of the year. There are currently no plans to use Year 11 results in the calculation of ATARs. Stay up-to-date with the latest news on ATARs and 2021 applications via VTAC's website.

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Are there any events happening to help me decide which course I want to study?

There sure is! Currently we have a full suite of online course information webinars designed to give you a sneak peek into what it's like to study at Deakin. Meet your future teachers, hear student stories and get all the info you need to choose the right course for you.

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Are online courses the same as their on-campus equivalent?

Absolutely. Classes, exams, course material, teachers and placement opportunities are exactly the same for all students, regardless of whether you’re studying online or on campus. This applies to your degree when you graduate too – it holds the same merit, irrespective of how, where and when you earned it.

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Does Deakin offer guaranteed pathways?

Yes, we offer many different pathways into Deakin and a number of these are guaranteed. Use our handy pathway finder to explore the different options that may be available to you.

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What is Deakin College?

Deakin College offers a variety of diploma qualifications. Once completed, students can then go straight into the corresponding second-year bachelor degree at Deakin University. Located at both of Deakin's Geelong campuses and at Burwood, students are able to immerse themselves in the Deakin environment before commencing their university studies.

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What is SEAS?

VTAC's Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) is for those who may not have been able to reach their full potential for study due to a range of challenging factors. SEAS enables institutions to consider the circumstances you've experienced and their impact on your studies when making selection decisions.

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What are SEAS aggregate points?

The Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) adds points to your aggregate to reflect the level you may have achieved if your circumstances had been different. This can increase your chance of receiving an offer but does not guarantee it. Deakin will give a maximum of 15 aggregate points per applicant.

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Are SEAS or subject adjustment points added directly onto my ATAR?

No, adjustments or bonus points are added to your aggregate score, not your ATAR. Your total aggregate score is then converted into your ATAR.

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Applications

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I'm having trouble creating an account on the applicant portal. How do I register?

If you've previously registered your details through the applicant portal, you won't be able to register again with the same email. If you don't remember your login details, don't worry – just contact Student Central on 03 9244 6333 or submit an enquiry online.

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What should I include in my personal statement?

Think of a personal statement like a job application cover letter. It should outline your motivation towards studying, your previous education and employment history, and how this course can assist your career aspirations or progression.

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Can I get help to write my personal statement?

Yes! Book a complimentary Application Assist appointment with one of our friendly advisers. They'll provide step-by-step guidance via screen share over a Skype call.

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Do I have to provide a personal statement?

It'll depend on the course you're applying for and its specific entry requirements. Either way, it will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at Deakin in your desired course. Check the entry requirements on the relevant course page for more information.

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What is special consideration?

Special consideration acknowledges the hard work you've put in to get to uni, while recognising what you could have achieved if your circumstances were different. A successful application can adjust your rank. This means you can be offered a place in a course at Deakin, with a lower rank than would usually be required.

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How do I apply for special consideration?

Applying for special consideration is simple, and in some cases you won't need to provide any details outside of your course application. The process is different for each category, so please visit the relevant special consideration page for step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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Will special consideration be given to all Year 12s this year?

Normally individual students are assessed for special consideration on a case-by-case basis. This year, schools will provide the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) with information on every single student. This means every Victorian student will be individually assessed, and any adverse impacts of coronavirus will be reflected in ATAR rankings.

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I have submitted an application through VTAC, can I also submit an application directly to Deakin?

It depends on the course/s you're applying for, but generally, no. Get in touch with our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 or via live chat to discuss your options.

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What is SEAS?

VTAC's Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) is for those who may not have been able to reach their full potential for study due to a range of challenging factors. SEAS enables institutions to consider the circumstances you've experienced and their impact on your studies when making selection decisions.

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What are SEAS aggregate points?

The Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) adds points to your aggregate to reflect the level you may have achieved if your circumstances had been different. This can increase your chance of receiving an offer but does not guarantee it. Deakin will give a maximum of 15 aggregate points per applicant.

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When do applications close for Trimester 3, 2020?

Applications for Trimester 3 close on Sunday 1 November, 2020.

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When do applications for Trimester 1, 2021 open?

Applications for Trimester 1, 2021 open Monday 3 August, 2020. Dates may be subject to change and some courses will close earlier. Please check specific course pages for details and earlier closing dates.

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Can you tell me if I'm definitely eligible before I apply?

Unfortunately not. Multiple factors are taken into consideration when an application is being assessed. This includes individual course requirements, which are subject to change, and the quality and size of the cohort of the year or trimester you're applying in.

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When will I hear back about my application?

The general turnaround time for direct applications to Deakin is two to four weeks from submission. You can check the progress of your application by logging into the applicant portal. If you applied through VTAC your offers will be released in rounds.

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How do I find out my application status?

Once you've submitted your application successfully, you'll receive an application number. You can use this to check the progress of your application anytime by logging into the applicant portal.

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When can I expect my offer?

Direct offers from Deakin are generally sent out two to four weeks post application. You can check the status of your application at anytime by logging into the applicant portal.

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What support is available to help me complete my application?

Get the best tips, advice and knowledge from our how to apply webinar series. Or book a complimentary Application Assist appointment with one of our friendly advisers. They'll provide step-by-step guidance via screen share over a Skype call.

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Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?

Yes! We regularly host events, including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with study options and career planning. You can also meet with members of our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre at the Melbourne Burwood Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact them directly on 1800 693 888 to book an appointment.

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Can I include references in my application?

Yes, you can! References are required for our MBA but are also welcome for other course applications. If you don't have an academic record, a written reference is considered to be a strong supporting document. Keep in mind, references may enhance your application but don't guarantee entry.

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Will references help my application?

A reference is considered to be a supporting document. If it provides more context about your work or life experience, it may enhance your application but will not guarantee you entry.

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Why do I have to apply via VTAC if I'm not in Year 12?

Regardless of whether you're in Year 12, a mature-age student, or anyone in-between, if you're applying for more than one undergraduate course in Trimester 1 (of any year) you must apply through VTAC.

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I didn't complete Year 12. Can I still apply?

Yes, if you've completed either Year 12 equivalent studies, such as a TAFE, VET or a private provider program, or have relevant work experience you can still apply to study at Deakin. Get in touch with our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 to discuss your options.

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How do I apply for a scholarship?

Each Deakin scholarship has a unique set of entry requirements – be sure to check the individual scholarship page for full details on how to apply, as well as our top tips for scholarship applications.

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Will I find out if I'm successful for a scholarship prior to getting an offer?

The application timeline for each Deakin scholarship is different – be sure to check the individual scholarship page for full details on dates and how to apply. You can also check out our top tips for scholarship applications.

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Do I need to provide certified transcripts with my application?

If you're applying as a domestic student, you won't need to provide certified documentation. However, if you've had a name change or change of status (i.e. residency) certified documents for these will be required.

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Entry requirements

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Can I get into Deakin with an ATAR below 50?

Your ATAR isn't the only way to get into Deakin. While the minimum ATAR for a bachelor degree at Deakin is 50, there's a number of other pathways you may be able to take to kick off your study journey with us.

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Will I get an offer if my ATAR is just below the entry requirement?

We take a number of factors into consideration when determining offers, including course demand, SEAS, subject adjustments and, in some cases, folios or test results. Each application is assessed individually against the entry requirements of your chosen course and may not rely solely on your ATAR.

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I didn't meet the English study score requirement. What now?

Don't panic! If you didn't achieve the minimum English study score for your chosen course, there are a number of ways we can help you reach the level required to study at Deakin. Get in touch with our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 to discuss your options.

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I don't meet the minimum English language requirement for my chosen course. What now?

Don't panic! There are a number of ways you can demonstrate English language proficiency, including satisfactory completion of previous tertiary study in English or an accepted English language test. Get in touch with our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 to discuss your options.

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Can I study at Deakin if I completed Year 12 overseas?

If you completed Year 12 outside of Australia but meet VTAC's citizenship and residency requirements, you can apply to study at Deakin through VTAC. However, you'll need to provide a number of official documents in addition to meeting specific entrance requirements. Head to VTAC to find out more.

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Can I get into Deakin with an Overall Position (OP) score?

You don't have to have completed Year 12 in Victoria to study at Deakin but you will need to meet the equivalent prerequisites to be eligible for selection into a course. Head to VTAC to find out more.

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I didn't complete Year 12. Can I still apply?

Yes, if you've completed either Year 12 equivalent studies, such as a TAFE, VET or a private provider program, or have relevant work experience you can still apply to study at Deakin. Get in touch with our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 to discuss your options.

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How do I convert my score into an ATAR?

You don't have to convert your score into an ATAR. We'll assess your application and Year 12 results (if applicable) as they are, alongside any previous work, life or study experience. Head to VTAC to find out more.

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How does a mature-age student apply?

If you're applying for more than one course in Trimester 1 you'll need to apply through VTAC. If you're applying for one course only, or multiple courses in Trimesters 2 and 3, you can apply direct to Deakin. Use our course finder to check entry requirements for your chosen course.

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If I wait until I'm 21 will I be able to get in without prior study?

You aren't guaranteed entry as a mature-age applicant, but your life, work and/or previous study experience will positively contribute to your application.

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If I wait until I'm a mature-age applicant will I be able to get in without prior study?

You aren't guaranteed entry as a mature-age applicant but your life, work and/or previous study experience will positively contribute to your application.

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Can you tell me if I'm definitely eligible before I apply?

Unfortunately not. Multiple factors are taken into consideration when an application is being assessed. This includes individual course requirements, which are subject to change, and the quality and size of the cohort of the year or trimester you're applying in.

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Do I need to have finished Year 12 to get into Deakin?

No, but you'll need to have completed either Year 12 equivalent studies, such as a TAFE, VET or a private provider program, or have relevant work experience. Get in touch with our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 to discuss your options.

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Does Deakin offer any guaranteed entry courses?

Our Associate Degree of Arts is a guaranteed pathway into our Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Criminology. You can also apply to transition, with credit, into a range of other bachelor degrees, though this is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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Will I get into Deakin with only work experience behind me?

Yes, many of our bachelor, graduate diploma and graduate certificate courses consider applicants without previous study experience. An up-to-date CV, strong personal statement and reliable references can make all the difference to you receiving an offer or not.

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What kind of work experience do I need?

It'll depend on the course you're applying for and how relevant your experience is to this course. For example, the Graduate Certificate of Marketing requires two years of relevant work experience in a marketing role or business role with marketing-related responsibilities, such as communications, advertising, market research and/or sales.

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What kind of work experience evidence do I need to provide?

This will vary between courses. Examples may include your CV/resume, a folio of work or a reference from your current or previous workplace. Check the entry requirements of the course you're applying for carefully or get in touch with our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for guidance.

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Do I need to sit a STAT?

It'll depend on the course you're applying for and whether you meet the entry requirements. The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is an aptitude test for applicants who don't meet our maths or English prerequisites, haven't completed Year 12 or haven't studied in the last 5 to 10 years.

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Where and when do I sit the STAT?

You can take the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) online under live (webcam) supervision or at a test centre near you.
Browse the next available dates and book your test.

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How will I know if I have enough work experience?

It'll depend on the course you're applying for and how relevant your experience is to this course. Regardless of your experience, we'd encourage you to apply and provide as much supporting documentation as possible. Need more guidance? Get in touch with our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888.

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What Weighted Average Mark (WAM) do I need in my current degree to switch to Deakin?

It'll depend on the course you're applying for and its specific entry requirements. Some courses won't require a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) for entry while others may specify a range across campuses. Check the entry requirements on the relevant course page for more information.

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Online study

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Are online courses the same as their on-campus equivalent?

Absolutely. Classes, exams, course material, teachers and placement opportunities are exactly the same for all students, regardless of whether you’re studying online or on campus. This applies to your degree when you graduate too – it holds the same merit, irrespective of how, where and when you earned it.

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Can I still come to campus if I study online?

Of course! All of our campuses and general facilities, including libraries, bookshops, gyms and food outlets are open to all students, regardless of whether you're studying online or on campus. Depending on what you're studying, course-relevant facilities such as studios and labs are also available to you.

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Does Deakin offer guaranteed online pathways?

No, currently we don't offer any guaranteed pathways wholly online. Use our handy pathway finder to explore all Deakin's alternative entry options, some of which will include online components.

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What is Start Anytime?

Start Anytime is a range of single units that you can commence online at the beginning of any month. You study in real-time with academics and fellow students, have access to one-on-one support, and can set your own assignment deadlines, meaning you can complete your work within your own timeframe.

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How does Start Anytime work?

Each Start Anytime unit has a number of tasks and assignments to complete online. There's no exams or timetabled classes – you study at your own pace, in your own time. Units are available across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and cost the same as their normal trimester counterpart.

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What study support is available to online students?

During your tailored, online orientation program you'll gain access to our dedicated study support site, chock-full of helpful resources, including the library. For more personalised support there's also one-on-one mentoring sessions and student success coaches available via numerous channels, plus our 24/7 online tutoring and writing feedback service.

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Does it cost more or less to study online?

Whether you study online or on campus, there's no difference in cost. Your tuition fees will depend on the type of student you are (i.e. undergraduate, postgraduate, research), the course you study and the year you start. Use our fee estimator to gauge what your fees could be per year.

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How much does it cost to study at Deakin?

Your tuition fees will depend on the type of student you are, the course you study and the year you start. Fees are based on an annual amount; they don't cover the entire duration of the course. Use our fee estimator to gauge what your fees could be per year.

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Does it cost more or less to study online?

Whether you study online or on campus, there's no difference in cost. Your tuition fees will depend on the type of student you are (i.e. undergraduate, postgraduate, research), the course you study and the year you start. Use our fee estimator to gauge what your fees could be per year.

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What is a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)?

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is a university place for which the government pays a proportion of your tuition fees. This will vary per course and year. Use our fee estimator to gauge what your fees could be per year.

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How will the proposed CSP fee changes in 2021 affect me?

The Australian Government has recently proposed changes to the way tertiary education is funded from 2021. These changes are subject to the passage of legislation. Please refer to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website for the most up-to-date information and status of those changes.

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What is HECS-HELP?

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan program that helps eligible Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) students pay their tuition fees. If you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, the Government will pay your tuition fees on your behalf until you're able to repay your loan from your employment income.

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What is FEE-HELP?

FEE-HELP is a non-means tested loan program. If you're an eligible fee-paying student you can receive a loan from the Australian Government to help pay your tuition fees. Once you're employed and earning $45,881 or more per year, you're required to start paying back the loan.

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Is there a discount for past students?

Yes! If you're a past student of Deakin or an immediate family member of someone who is, you may be eligible to receive a 15% discount on your tuition fees through the Deakin alumni postgraduate bursary. Available only for those commencing a postgraduate award course in a full-fee paying place.

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Can my employer chip in for part of my fees?

Yes, if you're enrolled in an upcoming study period, your employer can contribute to or pay your tuition fees in full directly to Deakin. They must complete a Sponsorship Agreement form, which outlines the relevant course requirements, duration and level of sponsorship agreed to between you and your employer.

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Can I be sponsored by my employer?

Yes, if you're enrolled in an upcoming study period, your employer can sponsor you to study at Deakin. They must complete a Sponsorship Agreement form, which outlines the relevant course requirements, duration and level of sponsorship agreed to between you and your employer.

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Recognition of prior learning

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Am I eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL)?

We can only confirm your RPL once you've submitted an application. We assess applications on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration your previous course structure, credit weightings and in-depth unit assessments and learning outcomes in comparison to the units we offer here at Deakin.

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How much recognition of prior learning (RPL) will I receive?

Use our calculator to see what credit you may be eligible for at Deakin. Please note, this is an indication only. If your institution is not listed, it's still possible to receive credit.

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Are there any courses that guarantee recognition of prior learning (RPL)?

We can only confirm your RPL once you've submitted an application. We assess case-by-case, taking into consideration your previous course structure, credit weightings, and in-depth unit assessments and learning outcomes in comparison to the units we offer here at Deakin.

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What documents do I need to provide for my recognition of prior learning (RPL) application?

When you submit your online RPL application form you'll also need to provide: a certified copy of your academic transcript; your previous institute's course structure and credit point weightings; and a unit outline or syllabus. For informal learning RPL, additional information is required.

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I'm having trouble filling in the online form. Is there another way to apply?

Head over to the applicant portal instead, register or log in, and download the RPL PDF form. You can then upload your completed form when you submit your application.

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How can I transfer directly to Deakin?

While you're not able to transfer directly between institutions, you can submit an application as a new student. Once you receive an offer from Deakin, you may be eligible to receive recognition of prior learning (RPL) based on the study you've completed at your previous institution.

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What is a pathway?

A pathway is an alternative way to get into your preferred course. You may be moving from TAFE, returning to university after an extended period of time, or a Year 12 student who didn't get the ATAR needed for your preferred course. Use our pathway finder and explore your options.

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Does Deakin offer guaranteed pathways?

Yes, we offer many different pathways into Deakin and a number of these are guaranteed. Use our handy pathway finder to explore the different options that may be available to you.

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Does Deakin offer guaranteed online pathways?

No, currently we don't offer any guaranteed pathways wholly online. Use our handy pathway finder to explore all Deakin's alternative entry options, some of which will include online components.

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Is there a certain level of study I need to complete to get into Deakin?

It depends on the course. Generally, aside from Year 12, completing a certificate IV or diploma at a recognised TAFE may help you meet the entry requirements of your chosen course. Plus, the more relevant your previous qualification, the more likely you are to receive recognition of prior learning (RPL).

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Does Deakin offer any pathway courses?

Our two-year, full-time associate degrees (or part-time equivalent) provide a pathway into selected Deakin bachelor degrees for those without prior study experience or those returning to study after a substantial period of time. Deakin associate degrees can also be taken as standalone courses.

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What is Deakin College?

Deakin College offers a variety of diploma qualifications. Once completed, students can then go straight into the corresponding second-year bachelor degree at Deakin University. Located at both of Deakin's Geelong campuses and at Burwood, students are able to immerse themselves in the Deakin environment before commencing their university studies.

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Learning through COVID-19

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I want to study on campus, can I apply?

Yes. All campus-based and online courses available in Trimester 3 are continuing undisrupted. Campus-based courses will commence online and, as social distancing measures are relaxed, we'll support you to transition back to campus-based learning.

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Can I apply to study in Trimester 3?

Yes. Applications for all courses starting in our next intake in November – Trimester 3 – are now open.

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Are all courses available online?

Currently, most courses are available online. Though, as per Federal Government exemptions, all nursing and medicine courses are continuing on campus with face-to-face teaching and practical requirements. Once appropriate, we'll reopen our campuses and return to campus-based teaching, while supporting our students through this transition.

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Can I apply for online and campus-based courses?

Yes. Applications for all courses in Trimester 3, 2020 and Trimester 1, 2021 are now open, regardless of whether they're online or on campus. It's important that you apply for your preferred course at your preferred campus. For example, if you're interested in studying the Bachelor of Science, not usually available online, select your preferred campus in your application. While your studies will commence online, as soon as social distancing measures are relaxed, we'll support you to transition back to campus-based learning.

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I want to apply for a campus-based course, which campus do I select in the Applicant Portal?

It's important that you apply for your preferred campus. This is the campus you'll be enrolled in and return to once social distancing measures are relaxed and we can recommence face-to-face teaching.

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Can I continue online after campus-based teaching resumes?

If the course you applied for is not usually available online, you'll be supported in your transition back to campus-based learning at your preferred campus. If you applied to study on campus, but find you enjoy studying online and wish to continue learning in this way, you'll need to transfer to our Cloud Campus. If you're enrolled in an online course, learning will continue online. Remember, all Deakin courses incorporate some element of online learning.

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How will practical learning work online?

Many of our courses incorporate extensive hands-on, practical learning experiences. Some of these experiences will be delayed until we're back on campus teaching in our laboratories, studios, or out in the field and in the workplace. This delay will not impact your overall learning outcomes or course progression.

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Am I able to start an online course at any time?

The next intake for all our courses is Trimester 3, which commences early November. We offer some short courses, with varying intakes. Visit short courses for full details.

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Are online courses the same as their on-campus equivalent?

Absolutely. Classes, exams, course material, teachers and placement opportunities are exactly the same for all students, regardless of whether you’re studying online or on campus. This applies to your degree when you graduate too – it holds the same merit, irrespective of how, where and when you earned it.

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