Deakin College

Your pathway to the #1 Victorian university for course satisfaction

If you didn't quite get the ATAR you hoped for in your final year of high school, you haven't missed your opportunity to study at Deakin.


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#1 Victorian uni for course satisfaction


#1 Victorian university for student support


#1 Victorian university for educational experience


Victoria's #1 university for teaching quality


#1 Victorian uni for graduate employment


About Deakin College

Deakin College is your first step towards your dream degree at Deakin University. With small class sizes and a highly supportive environment, Deakin College sets you up for success at university.

Guaranteed pathway

Deakin College provides a guaranteed pathway to a world-class degree at Deakin University. All graduates from Deakin College transition directly to a second-year bachelor degree at Deakin.

Get a preview of uni life

You’ll experience life on campus from day one. Immerse yourself in Deakin’s vibrant community and get involved through clubs, societies, student associations and world-class fitness facilities.

Supportive transition to uni

With small class sizes and outstanding support services, you’ll have everything you need to make a smooth transition to university studies.

Are you an international student?

Are you an international student?

With a uniquely nurturing and supportive experience, Deakin College provides international students with a guaranteed pathway to study at Deakin University.

English language pathways

English language pathways

Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI) offers a range of pathway programs to develop your English language skills and prepares you for study at Deakin College and Deakin University.

Explore our courses

Deakin College provides an alternative pathway to university in popular study areas, including health sciences, business, design, information technology and more. As a Deakin College graduate, students receive guaranteed entry into a second-year bachelor degree at Deakin.

Find your ultimate course and learn how to apply

Foundation program

The Foundation program is a Year 12 equivalent program that prepares international students for further study at Deakin College or Deakin University.

Masters qualifying program

The Masters qualifying program is a fast-track pathway to a postgraduate course at Deakin. In just four months, you’ll develop the core academic and English language skills required to move into your course.

Discover your pathway to Deakin

Did you know that more than 22,000 Deakin College students have successfully progressed to a degree at Deakin? Start your journey at Deakin College today.

What it’s like to be a Deakin College 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.

Explore our campuses

Explore our campuses

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

Latest articles

  • How to get into uni with a low ATAR score
  • Advice for parents, from parents, about surviving VCE
  • You've got your ATAR - now what?

How to get into uni with a low ATAR score

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

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Advice for parents, from parents, about surviving VCE

To better understand how to support students through Year 11 and 12, we spoke with parents and caregivers whose kids have been through VCE for their best advice.

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You've got your ATAR - now what?

After receiving your ATAR, you should always be proud of your efforts – we all know Year 12 is a tough year and getting through it is an achievement.

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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 entry pathways to Deakin.

Common questions

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What is a pathway?

A pathway is an alternative way to get into your preferred course if you don't currently meet the academic entry requirements. Use our pathway finder and explore your options.

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What is Deakin College?

Deakin College offers a variety of diploma qualifications and can provide you with a guaranteed, direct pathway into several Deakin degrees. Located at our Burwood campus and both Geelong campuses, you can immerse yourself in the Deakin environment before commencing your university studies.

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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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Does Deakin offer guaranteed online pathways?

No, currently we don't offer any guaranteed pathways wholly online. Use our handy pathway finder to explore all Deakin's alternative entry options, some of which will include online components.

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Is there a certain level of study I need to complete to get into Deakin?

It depends on the course. Generally, aside from Year 12 (senior secondary school or equivalent), a certificate IV or diploma from one of our TAFE partners may help you meet entry requirements. Plus, the more relevant your previous qualification, the more likely you are to receive recognition of prior learning (RPL).

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What is an associate degree?

Our two-year, full-time associate degrees (or part-time equivalent) provide a pathway into selected Deakin bachelor degrees for those without prior study experience or those returning to study after a substantial period of time. Deakin associate degrees can also be taken as standalone courses.

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Contact Us

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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