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Support for high school students

University might seem like a long way off, but now is an exciting time to start thinking about your future career and study options. We can help you choose subjects, explore your interests and take the right next step toward your ultimate university adventure.

 

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Discover your future at Deakin

Studying at university isn’t just about exploring your passions. It’s also about discovering your purpose by matching your skills and interests to your ultimate future career.  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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Support for Year 12 students

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.

Find out more about support for Year 12 students

 

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Discover why 60,000+ students choose to study at Deakin. From in-person campus tours and expos, to online information sessions and live Q&As, you have year-round opportunities to experience all that Deakin has to offer.

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Get the support you need during Change of Preference. Don't miss the opportunity to have all your questions answered by our Deakin experts.

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Discover over 80+ on-demand information sessions and access all our study and general information, when and where you need it.

Understanding preferencing

While course preferencing doesn’t take place until Year 12, it’s a process senior high school students should become familiar with. Here are a few tips to get you started (and if you need more information, we’re here to help).

  1. Understand your prerequisites now so that you’re prepared for the Year 11 and 12 subjects required for course eligibility  – they can be found in the entry requirements section on courses pages.

  2. You apply to study at university through Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), rather than directly to each institution, and 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.

  3. Your top preferences should be the courses you want to get into, rather than the courses you think you’ll get into. It's a good idea to start looking at the courses you're interested in as early as Year 10 and Year 11, so you can get a sense of the ATAR you are aiming for. The ATAR may shift up or down a little every year, but it provides a good indication.

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If you’re currently in Year 12 or preparing for uni, you can use our handy tools to calculate your ATAR and find the right course for you. Or have all your questions answered at our Change of Preference campus events.

Learn more about planning your course preference shortlist

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Help your students find their path to Deakin. Keep up to date with events, download publications and resources, and book your virtual school presentation, campus tours and faculty-based activities.

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#1 university for student satisfaction

We have facilities and services available so that students feel happy, safe and supported as they build friendships, make connections and start their university adventure.*

Deakin Accelerate Program

Do you want to boost your ATAR and get a preview of uni life? If you’re a high-achieving student, you can join the Deakin Accelerate program and fast-track your studies by completing two first-year university units while you’re still in Year 12. Choose from a range of study areas that match your interests and future career goals. You’ll be exposed to new learning styles and a dynamic environment, helping you to transition seamlessly into uni after Year 12.

Find out more about Deakin Accelerate

What's it like to be a uni student

Your first day at Deakin will be the start of some of the best years of your life. You can look forward to making new friends on our vibrant campuses, learning in world-class facilities, 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.

Explore our campuses

Deakin has four campuses in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool, which feature world-class 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.

Information for parents and caregivers

We are here to help you support your child find their calling, prepare for uni and make informed choices that lead to a fulfilling career and life. It's not always easy to know how to provide appropriate support to students starting their university journey, but we have lots of resources to help you support your child on their next journey. Learn more about supporting them through their final years of school, choosing a university, the application process and what life can be like as a uni student.

Find out more about information for parents and caregivers

Latest articles

How to get into uni no matter your ATAR

The traditional path from Year 12 to university isn’t the only way to start studying at Deakin.

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Get in touch

We’re here for you even before you’re here with us. Ask us your study questions and receive one-on-one support through your journey to university.

Domestic students
1800 693 888
myfuture@deakin.edu.au
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Footnotes

*2020 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students, UA benchmark group Victorian universities