Information for parents and caregivers

#1 university for educational experience*

Do you want your child to study at the #1 Victorian university for educational experience? We’ve got all the information you need to help your child make a confident choice about their future.

Why university?

A university education will help your teen secure their future and gain invaluable life skills. It is a key time to discover their purpose and prepare for professional success. The right university will be a safe place to grow as a person and mature into the next stage of life. We know every student has unique interests and learning styles, that’s why Deakin offers progressive, real-world learning and practical experience that will take them from classroom to career. Your child will be empowered to be the best version of themself at Victoria’s #1 university for student support.^

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Support their university journey

It’s never too early to take an active interest in your teen's future. There are plenty of ways you can show your support and help them prepare for their university journey.

Year 10

Year 10 is an exciting year as it marks the beginning of the senior years of high school. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore your teen’s interests through work experience and research different study options that will lead into their future career.

Year 11 & 12

There is a lot to think about during your child’s final years of high school. Your encouragement and understanding has a significant impact on their growth as they begin planning the next phase of their life. We've put together some tips on how to help them stay focused, prepare for exams and develop the skills needed for university and beyond.

Experience Deakin

Join us for Open Day this August to get course information, chat with your future teachers and current students, and enjoy fun entertainment. Plus, you and your teen have year-round opportunities to connect with Deakin, from in-person campus tours to unparalleled one-on-one support via our prospective student enquiry centre.

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Deakin is one of the world's top universities, which means that top-quality teaching, access to world-class support and advanced facilities are guaranteed throughout my studies.

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Bachelor of Laws/Arts

#1 Victorian university for course satisfaction

Our world-class facilities, industry-leading teachers and hands-on approach to learning will give your child the confidence to make the most out of their university journey, ready to land their dream job when they graduate.

Does your teen need career inspiration?

Does your teen need career inspiration?

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

Help them discover their interests

Help them discover their interests

Now is an exciting time for your teen to explore their interests, strengths and career goals and start shortlisting their favourite options. We have over 200+ industry-shaped courses that will give them the practical, real-world skills they need to build a fulfilling and successful career.

Tools to kickstart course selection

With a little help from our online tools, you can assist your child as they explore their course and future career options. Together, you can use our ATAR calculator to get a feel for courses in their range or estimate scaled and raw study scores using our VCE study score calculator.

Pathways to university

It can feel like there is a lot of pressure on exam results, but there are many pathways and flexible options to fast-track your teen’s entry into their preferred course. Explore their path to university study with our easy-to-use pathway finder tool.

Discover your child’s pathway to university

Beyond their ATAR

Deakin Regional Access Scheme

Do you want your child to finish Year 12 full of confidence? No matter where you live, your child can apply for the Deakin Regional Access Scheme and receive an early, conditional offer sooner than their peers.

Indigenous Access Scheme

The Indigenous Access Scheme recognises the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, considering the skills, experience and community work that prepares them for study.

Special Entry Access Scheme

The Special Entry Access Scheme acknowledges factors that can disrupt your teen's studies, like illness, financial hardship and natural disasters, and improves their chance of securing a place in their dream course.

Transition to Deakin: a guide for students and parents

Transition to Deakin: a guide for students and parents

We chat with two of our student ambassadors about how they transitioned from Year 12 into university life at Deakin.

Award-winning university career service

University is just the first step toward your teen’s professional career. Our award-winning university career service, DeakinTALENT, offers advice and encouragement to all students, as well as an extensive suite of programs and services to help them secure their dream job post-graduation.

Learn more about DeakinTALENT

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Got a question but can't find the answer?

We've curated some of the most commonly asked questions our future student advisers get from parents and caregivers of Year 12s and soon-to-be uni students.

Common questions

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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 opens on 12 December and closes 14 December 2024 at 4pm, two days after ATAR release. COP reopens on 22 December 2024 at 2pm after first round January offers are made. COP closes again on 24 December 2024 at 4pm and reopens on in January 2025, after second round January offers are made. Final close is in February 2025.

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How do Year 12 students apply?

Current Year 12 students must apply through VTAC. Applications open on 29 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 2025 rounds.

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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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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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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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What study support is available to online students?

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

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What if my child is under the age of 18?

Students under the age of 18 are welcome to study at Deakin. Our Underage Student Management Policy recognises that they might need some additional support and require the appropriate involvement of a parent of caregiver. We do have some guidelines for underage international students, to ensure they get the most of their studies in Australia.

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Can I check on my child’s academic progress?

According to our Privacy Policy, we're unable to provide personal information about students unless the student has given their explicit consent. This is regardless of whether the student in question is under 18 or if the parent or caregiver is paying their fees or expenses.

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*2022 Student Experience Survey, Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)
^2022 Student Experience Survey, Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)
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We're here to support you every step of the way

We're ready to help you make an informed choice. Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services and how we can help you further your career.

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