Year 12 students

Put Deakin First

After all the hard work you’ve put into your education, you deserve the best Year 12 possible – and we’re here to help you make it happen. With one-on-one consultations, online info sessions, preferencing tips and more, we can give you the right support to take the right steps towards your ultimate course and career.

5 ways to plan your future

With so many choices in front of you, sometimes it can be hard to know where to start. Create a clearer path forward with five simple steps you can put into practice right here and now. Before you know it, you’ll be feeling informed and in control of your future.

  1. Research courses

    It’s never too early to start researching uni courses. You can download a course guide or browse hundreds of courses by ATAR.

  2. Read the entry requirements on course pages

    Some courses have special entry requirements, like the CASPer test for some education courses, the GAMSAT for some medicine courses and the folio of work you need to provide for some design courses. The earlier you understand the entry requirements, the better prepared you’ll be.

  3. Chat with our experts

    Whenever you need us, we’re here for you. If you're finding it tough to choose between courses or need some help through preferencing, chat with us online or call us on 1800 693 888.

  4. Familiarise yourself with key dates

    Stay in control throughout the year and never miss a deadline by familiarising yourself with key dates and events.

  5. Start your course preferences shortlist

    Preferencing starts in early August. As you start your research, have more conservations and complete your Year 12 assessments, you can progressively refine your preferencing shortlist. VTAC will offer you a place in the highest preference you’re eligible for.

How to choose your preferences

VTAC preferencing is now open for courses commencing in 2022.

  1. Select ‘course application’ in your VTAC account.
  2. Apply for up to eight courses in order of preference.
  3. Review your application and submit.

Remember, VTAC will offer you a place in the highest preference you’re eligible for. So while it’s important to include courses you think you’ll get into, your top preferences should be the courses you want to get into – shoot for the stars!

Have your studies been disrupted by difficult circumstances? You can apply for special consideration when you submit your course preferences.

Will I be studying on campus?

The interactive experiences you’re looking forward to in 2022, like learning in world-class facilities, club activities and meeting new friends, will take place on campus. Digital learning opportunities will complement, not replace, on-campus teaching, adding value to your degree by providing flexibility and training you in the digital literacy skills that are crucial to the future of work.

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At Deakin, you won’t just learn about the future, you’ll prepare for it with real-world learning fuelled by progressive thinking. Discover your tomorrow with our helpful resources.

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What makes Deakin the #1 university in Victoria for student satisfaction?

When you join the Deakin community, you can be confident that your study experience will be a positive step towards your career and life goals. Here are just a few of the reasons why.

Progressive, real-world learning

Don’t just read it. Do it. Again and again until you master your skills. Practical learning is a feature of courses at Deakin, and we provide lots of opportunities to apply yourself in real-world settings, in scenarios that mirror the challenges you’ll face in your future role. When it’s time to enter the workforce, you’ll be ready.

Australia’s #1 careers service

DeakinTALENT has been recognised as the most popular^ careers service in Australia by the graduate recruitment industry for four years running. They’re experts at connecting you to your future career, whether that be working for a company that inspires you, or forging your own path through self-employment. Best of all, Deakin graduates have access to DeakinTALENT for life.

Industry experience

Open up a world of study and employment opportunities through our industry partners. You could be mixing with experts in your field at an industry event, or making a great first impression in a sought-after internship position. Use these connections to grow your professional network and create a pathway to your dream job.

Want an early offer to uni?

Secure an offer long before ATARs are released through the Deakin Regional Access Scheme. Guaranteed places in a range of courses at our Geelong and Warrnambool campuses are on offer, but you don’t have to live in a regional area to be eligible.

Skills for a changing world

In addition to technical skills, Deakin courses focus on transferrable skills valued across all industries, like communication, problem solving and resilience. No matter what the future of work looks like, you’ll be ready to adapt and thrive.

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, and access to a massive range of support 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.

Have you checked your eligibility for a scholarship?

A Deakin scholarship is more than just a financial boost. It recognises your accomplishments, in and outside the classroom, while setting you on the path to success at university.

Learn more about Deakin scholarships, including the Scholarship for Excellence and Student Support Scholarships, or check out our top five tips for making a strong scholarship application.

Download the Deakin Scholarships Guide (PDF, 560.7KB)

Take virtual tours of our campuses

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Our Melbourne Burwood Campus offers some of the most innovative and cutting-edge facilities in Australia, complemented by an inclusive learning and living environment.

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Home-base for much of Deakin’s world-leading research, our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is renowned for its breadth and depth of first-class facilities.

Geelong Waterfront Campus

A stately silhouette that defines the shoreline of the town, the unassuming exterior of our Geelong Waterfront Campus conceals the impressive facilities that await inside.

Warrnambool Campus

Holding a prime position along the spectacular Great Ocean Road, our Warrnambool Campus may be rural but it’s certainly radical when it comes to cutting-edge facilities and research.

Contact us

We’re here for you even before you’re here with us. Ask us your study questions and get one-on-one support throughout your journey to university by speaking with our experts.

Call 1800 693 888


*Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2020 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)
^Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 winner for most popular career service in Australia.