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In Year 10, 11 or 12? Now is an exciting time to start thinking about your university study options and future career. We can help you choose subjects, explore your interests and take the right next step toward your university adventure.

 

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Match your skills and interests to your ultimate course

Studying at university is about discovering your purpose by matching your skills and interests to a course that will lead to your future career.

Explore our courses

Use our course finder to explore Deakin’s 200+ industry-shaped courses, and filter by ATAR, campuses and interest areas to start shortlisting your favourite options. Not sure about your ATAR? Estimate it using our ATAR calculator.

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High-achieving student? Join the Deakin Accelerate program and fast-track your studies by completing two first-year uni units while you’re in Year 12. You’ll enjoy new learning styles and a dynamic environment, and transition seamlessly into uni.

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It's only natural to have lots of questions as you prepare for uni. If you’re looking for advice and information that’s tailored to current Year 12 students, including helpful tips, visit our support hub for Year 12 students.

Found your Deakin course? Here’s how to plan for preferencing in Year 12

Course preferencing takes place when you’re in Year 12, so it’s good to understand how to do it. Remember that the subject choices you make in Year 10, 11 and 12 should match your interests. It’s never too early to check out uni courses and pick subjects that will help you meet the entry requirements. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  1. Look at the courses you're interested in as early as Year 10 and Year 11, so you get a sense of the ATAR you need (ATARs may shift up or down a little every year, but it provides a good indication).
  2. Check the course entry requirements. Then make sure you choose the appropriate Year 10, 11 and 12 subjects. For example, in Year 11 if you’re interested in cyber security, pick a technology subject.
  3. Course applications are made through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), rather than directly to each institution. First step is to create an account.
  4. Order your preference by courses you want to get into, rather than courses you think you’ll get into.
  5. You can apply for up to eight courses in order of preference. VTAC will offer you a place in the highest preference you’re eligible for, based on your ATAR and rank.

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Need help navigating the transition from student to graduate to employee? We can help you power your career by finding the job or industry that suits you best. Browse our career stories for motivation and inspiration.

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What it's like to be a uni student

Your first day at Deakin will be the start of some of the best years of your life. Look forward to making new friends on our vibrant campuses and learning in world-class facilities. There are heaps of clubs and societies for every taste, and a massive range of support (including health and wellbeing services) to ensure you’re feeling your best on and off campus. You might even like to live on campus to immerse yourself in the full Deakin experience.

Study how you want

Get the flexibility to study your way. For most courses you can set your own pace and switch between part-time and full-time study. Plus, you can study entirely on-campus or online, or try out blended learning via a combination of on-campus and online subjects if it fits better with your timetable.

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Explore our campuses

Deakin has four campuses in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool, which feature amazing facilities and a social, vibrant and diverse atmosphere that welcomes all students.

Melbourne Burwood Campus An innovative, future-focused campus with a distinct community feel.

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus Home base for many of Deakin’s world-leading research institutes.

Geelong Waterfront Campus Study at a stunning seaside campus known for its classic architecture.

Warrnambool Campus Enjoy first-class facilities with the Great Ocean Road just a skip away.

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Learn more about supporting your child through their final years of school. We can help with how to choose a university, pathways to university, the application process and what life is like as a uni student. Help them make an informed choice about their future.

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Got a question but can’t find the answer?

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions our awesome future student advisers get about applying to Deakin.

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 opens on 11 December and closes 13 December 2023 at 4pm, two days after ATAR release. COP reopens on 21 December 2023 at 2pm after first round January offers are made. COP closes again on 22 December 2023 at 4pm and reopens on 12 January 2024, after second round January offers are made. Final close is 14 February 2024.

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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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Can I add new courses to my preferences list?

Yes, you can! Just be sure to check the prerequisites and extra requirements for any new courses you're interested in before you add them to your preferences.

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What's the difference between a raw score and a scaled study score?

The VCAA (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority) sends each student's raw score per subject to VTAC where they're converted into scaled study scores. The scaled study scores are then used to calculate the student's ATAR. Raw scores are used in conjunction with prerequisites.

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Do I accept my offer straight away, or wait until all rounds are done?

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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How do Year 12 students apply?

Current Year 12 students must apply through VTAC. Applications open on 31 July. When you apply, you can list up to eight courses, in order of preference, within the VTAC application system. Once ATARs are released, applications will be assessed and offers will be sent out in the December, January and February 2024 rounds.

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Who can help me with my VTAC application?

Need help with your VTAC application? Refer to VTAC for additional support. For technical assistance, visit VTAC Technical Help.

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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. Find out more about VTAC key dates

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Will my first preference still be considered if I receive an offer for a lower preference?

Yes, whether you're applying through VTAC or directly to Deakin, you may still be considered for your first or higher-preferred courses regardless of whether you've accepted, declined or deferred an offer for a lower preferred course.

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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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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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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. Call the team on 1800 693 888 between 9am–5pm, Monday–Friday, or discuss your options via live chat 8am–7pm, Monday–Thursday and 9am–5pm on Fridays.

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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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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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Will the ATAR shown on the course page stay the same for the 2024 intake?

The selection rank published on the course page will vary each year depending on a number of factors, including demand. It should be used as a guide only.

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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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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 VTAC category, or Deakin's programs, so please visit the relevant special consideration page for step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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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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Footnotes

*Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2022, Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

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