Associate degree and diploma applications

Whether you’ve just finished high school, or you’ve been working for a few years, an associate degree or diploma is a great way to transition into higher education.

Apply in five steps

Applying for an associate degree or diploma at Deakin couldn’t be easier. The average application is straightforward and takes around 20 minutes to complete. Follow these steps to make the process as simple as possible.

Find your course

Our associate degrees in arts or education provide a supported transition and guaranteed pathway into a Deakin arts, criminology or primary education bachelor's degree.

Find out more about the Associate Degree of Education

Find out more about the Associate Degree of Arts

Deakin also offer a range of diplomas.

Find out more about the Diploma of Arabic

Find out more about the Diploma of Chinese

Find out more about the Diploma of Indonesian

Find out more about the Diploma of Spanish

Understand the entry and documentation requirements

Make sure you understand the entry requirements for your chosen course by reading the course details carefully. Some courses may also require you to provide extra materials like a portfolio or personal statement.

Gather supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it's important to attach any requested supporting documentation, otherwise your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Find out more about preparing your application

Learn the correct application method

When applying for an associate degree, you'll apply direct to Deakin.

Apply today, start in mid-year or summer

The Deakin Application Portal has made applying for your ultimate course easier than ever. Plus, you can chat with our application experts on 1800 693 888 if you need support at any step.

Access and Equity Program

Applications are particularly encouraged through Deakin’s Access and Equity Program for prospective students who might otherwise not be able to participate in higher education. 

To apply, complete the access and equity section of the application form. Include information about your work experience, training programs undertaken and your motivation for enrolling in the course.

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning is the recognition of previous study, work or volunteer experience you might have completed. If approved, it can reduce the number of units you need to study at Deakin, allowing you to complete your course earlier.

Find out more about Credit for Prior Learning


When submitting your application, we’ll ask you to provide any extra information necessary, like details of previous study and work experience to help us consider your application. All applicants will be asked to demonstrate a level of English proficiency. Depending on the course, a more specific requirement such as maths or a portfolio may also be required.

English language requirements

There is a minimum level of English proficiency required to study all of our courses. Generally, you can meet this requirement by demonstrating you've completed Year 12, or studied at a TAFE or university in English and in an English speaking country.

For the most up-to-date English language requirements, please read the Schedule A - English Language Criteria for Deakin Coursework Programs PDF on the Deakin University Policy Library.

Computing requirements

At Deakin, we make extensive use of technology in our teaching. To study at Deakin you are required to have:

  • access to a device such as a desktop computer or laptop
  • connectivity to the internet
  • capability to use Deakin's online learning environments.

Learn more about Deakin's computing requirements