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Year 12 students

Be ready to take on tomorrow with confidence

We're here to support you as you take control of your next step and make the most of Year 12.

 

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Are you starting Year 12 in 2024?

Do you want to experience a world-class education that generates strong employability when you join the #2 university in Victoria? At Deakin, we’re here to support you to feel prepared and confident about your future. This is a wonderful time to explore your options and start planning your course preference shortlist.

  1. Research courses

    With VTAC applications now open, it's time to confirm your ultimate preference shortlist and apply. You've still got time – explore our courses by ATAR or use our handy ATAR and study score calculators to make a confident decision for your future.

  2. Check your course entry requirements closely

    Some courses have special entry requirements, like the CASPer test for some education courses or specific subject prerequisites, such as specialist maths. Don’t worry if you don't quite meet the course entry requirements, there are flexible pathways and bridging courses that can help you make your dream degree a reality.

  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. Keep on top of key dates

    VTAC course, SEAS and scholarships applications open for Trimester 1, 2025 on 29 July.

    VTAC SEAS and scholarship applications close on 11 October.

  5. Your course preferences

    Remember, order is important, so list courses in the order you want to study them, not the order in which you think you’ll get in. We’ve got all the advice and information you need about change of preference.

Browse courses by ATAR

Browse courses by ATAR

Explore our courses by ATAR and discover how you'll learn from industry-leading academics, with lots of opportunities to apply yourself in real-world settings, preparing you for what comes next – your ultimate career.

Experience your tomorrow

Experience your tomorrow

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 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.

Flexible options that look beyond your ATAR

Be rewarded for your hard work earlier. We look beyond your ATAR at the skills, experience and achievements that make you unique and prepare you for university, meaning you could receive an early, conditional offer sooner than your peers.

Why we’re the #1 Victorian university for educational experience

Over 60,000 students from Australia and around the world choose Deakin for progressive, real-world learning that leads to career success.

Learn with the same tools used by industry professionals

Experience hands-on learning in our purpose-built, world-class facilities, from a $55 million-dollar engineering facility to an elite sports precinct. Learn in-demand practical skills that will set you apart when you graduate – ready for the jobs of tomorrow.

Get from course to career with confidence

We're committed to helping you become the most employable version of yourself. Using proven tools and techniques we’ll give you the knowledge you need to land that job and build a satisfying career. At Victoria’s #1 university for student support, you’ll get the assistance you need to succeed.

Read our career stories

Read our career stories

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.

Live on campus and be part of a vibrant community

Deakin has four campuses in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool, which feature amazing facilities and a social, vibrant and diverse atmosphere that welcomes all students. There are fantastic accommodation options across all our campuses.

See what our campuses have to offer

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.

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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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, Monday–Friday.

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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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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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