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Our pathways finder helps you to discover all the opportunities available to you, so you can walk away with an achievable plan to make your dream course a reality.

Pathways to the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Before exploring your pathways to study, please select the kind of applicant you are via the tabs below. If you have graduated from Year 12 in the last two years, you are considered a recent Year 12 student. If you're unsure, learn more about your applicant type.

I'm a current or recent Year 12 student

Based on last year's rankings, your ATAR doesn't quite meet the requirements for this course. But that doesn't mean it's out of reach - ATARs can change from year to year, and there are plenty of other pathways to make your study goals a reality.

If your Year 12 studies have been impacted by difficult circumstances or other disadvantage, you could qualify for Deakin's Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) to boost your ATAR. Otherwise, you can follow an alternate pathway to your dream course:

Gain a qualification from a Deakin partner
Study at a TAFE or RTO

Currently, bachelor degrees at Deakin require a minimum ATAR of 50. But that doesn't mean you can't plan for the future. Many Deakin courses recognise workplace experience, so you could seek to gain industry skills and knowledge by entering the workforce and apply for university at a later date. Or, if you want to continue studying, you can follow an alternate pathway to your dream course:

Gain a qualification from a Deakin partner
Study at a TAFE or RTO

Burwood 63.7
Waterfront N/A
Waurn Ponds N/A
Warrnambool N/A
Online NP

This course is available at the locations indicated above. You can choose from our range of locations across Victoria depending on your preferences and ATAR - giving you the freedom to follow a study path best-suited to your circumstances.

Based on last year's rankings, you meet the ATAR requirements for this course. Your next step is to visit the course page to check you meet any additional entry requirements. Then, you can confidently begin your application.

If you don't meet the additional entry requirements, there are still ways to achieve a place on your dream course by following an alternate pathway:

Gain a qualification from a Deakin partner
Study at a TAFE or RTO

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ATAR: Eligible ATAR is based on 2022 early and first round VTAC offers, including relevant adjustment factors. ATAR requirements for 2023 are currently unknown. Please use past ATAR only for guidance, as ATAR is subject to increase or decrease.

N/A: Course is not available at this location.

NP: Course is available at this location, but the ATAR is not published.

RC: Admission to this course is based on a range of criteria.

I'm not a current or recent Year 12 student

If you meet one of the requirements below, you can start your application right away. There may be additional course requirements, including English language criteria, so be sure to check the eligibility criteria on the course page before applying. If you don't meet the requirements, you could still achieve your study goals by following an alternate pathway or browsing similar courses.

  1. Vocational Education and Training (VET)

    Any of the following:

    - a certificate IV in a related discipline

    - a diploma in any discipline

    - 50% completion of a diploma in a related discipline.

  2. Higher education study

    Completion of relevant study, equivalent to at least two Deakin University units, at an accredited higher education institution.

  3. Relevant work or life experience

    Either of the following:

    - work or life experience that demonstrates your readiness for this course, as assessed by our admissions team

    - completion of a STAT, which is an aptitude test assessing a range of competencies considered important for university study.

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Alternate pathways to the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Qualification from a Deakin partner

Our TAFE partners are a great stepping stone to study at Deakin University.

Many students who have completed a diploma or advanced diploma will be eligible for recognition for their study. Find out more about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at Deakin University.

  • Bendigo TAFE
  • Box Hill Institute
  • Chisholm Institute
  • Kangan Institute
  • TAFE NSW
  • South West TAFE
  • The Gordon
Bendigo TAFE logo

Entry to your Deakin course is guaranteed, if you successfully complete the qualification below, at any time in the five years preceding your Deakin application (and you provide proof of completion).

Eligible diplomas include:

  • Early Childhood Education and Care

Visit Bendigo TAFE to find your pathways to Deakin

Box Hill Institute logo

Entry to your Deakin course is guaranteed, if you successfully complete the qualification below, at any time in the five years preceding your Deakin application (and you provide proof of completion).

Eligible diplomas include:

  • Early Childhood Education and Care

Visit Box Hill Institute to find your pathways to Deakin

Chisholm Institute logo

Entry to your Deakin course is guaranteed, if you successfully complete the qualification below, at any time in the five years preceding your Deakin application (and you provide proof of completion).

Eligible diplomas include:

  • Early Childhood Education and Care

Visit Chisholm Institute to find your pathways to Deakin

Kangan Institute logo

Entry to your Deakin course is guaranteed, if you successfully complete the qualification below, at any time in the five years preceding your Deakin application (and you provide proof of completion).

Eligible diplomas include:

  • Early Childhood Education and Care

Visit Kangan Institute to find your pathways to Deakin

TAFE NSW logo

Entry to your Deakin course is guaranteed, if you successfully complete the qualification below, at any time in the five years preceding your Deakin application (and you provide proof of completion).

Eligible diplomas include:

  • Early Childhood Education and Care

Visit TAFE NSW to find your pathways to Deakin

South West TAFE logo

Entry to your Deakin course is guaranteed, if you successfully complete the qualification below, at any time in the five years preceding your Deakin application (and you provide proof of completion).

Eligible diplomas include:

  • Early Childhood Education and Care

Visit South West TAFE to find your pathways into Deakin

The Gordon logo

Entry to your Deakin course is guaranteed, if you successfully complete the qualification below, at any time in the five years preceding your Deakin application (and you provide proof of completion).

Eligible diplomas include:

  • Early Childhood Education and Care

Visit The Gordon to find your pathways into Deakin

Qualification from other TAFEs and RTOs

If you are unable to study at a Deakin partner TAFE, you can choose to undertake similar study at another TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Applications from these institutions do not guarantee entry to Deakin, so be sure to boost your application with your study results, a resume/CV, a personal statement, and/or any other supporting documentation.

Many students who have completed a diploma or advanced diploma will be eligible for recognition for their study. Find out more about recognition of prior learning (RPL) at Deakin University. For more information about non Deakin partner TAFEs and RTOs, visit myskills.gov.au.

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