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Deakin Regional Access Scheme

Secure an early Deakin offer

Be rewarded for your hard work long before ATARs are released. No matter where you live, you could secure a Deakin offer, sooner, with places available in selected courses at our Geelong and Warrnambool campuses.

 

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What is the Deakin Regional Access Scheme?

Students from around Australia are using the Deakin Regional Access Scheme as a pathway to undergraduate study. It allows you to secure a spot at university long before ATARs are released by looking at your skills, experience and achievements.^

Who’s it for?

The scheme is for current Year 12 students looking to secure an early conditional offer to study at Deakin. You don’t have to live in a regional area to be eligible – it is available to all current Year 12s looking to study at our Waterfront, Waurn Ponds or Warrnambool campuses.

What’s the benefit?

We look beyond your ATAR to recognise all the skills, experience and achievements that make you unique and prepare you for university. If your application is successful, you’ll receive an early conditional offer to Deakin – so you can head into your exams confident that you’ve got a conditional place at Deakin.^

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Course title VTAC code Location How to apply
Bachelor of Business (Regional Access Scheme) 1400411191 Geelong Waterfront Campus How to apply
Bachelor of International Studies (Regional Access scheme) 1400411201 Geelong Waterfront Campus How to apply
Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) (Regional Access Scheme) 1400411211 Geelong Waterfront Campus How to apply
Bachelor of Arts (Regional Access Scheme) 1400311241 Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus How to apply
Bachelor of Communication (Regional Access Scheme) 1400311411 Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus How to apply
Bachelor of Criminology (Regional Access Scheme) 1400311271 Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus How to apply
Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (Regional Access Scheme) 1400311281 Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus How to apply
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Regional Access Scheme) 1400311291 Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus How to apply
Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) (Regional Access Scheme) 1400311301 Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus How to apply
Bachelor of Information Technology (Regional Access Scheme) 1400311311 Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus How to apply
Bachelor of Science (Regional Access Scheme) 1400311321 Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus How to apply
Bachelor of Commerce (Regional Access Scheme) 1400711331 Warrnambool Campus How to apply
Bachelor of Marine Science (Regional Access Scheme) 1400311431 Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus How to apply
Bachelor of Marine Science (Regional Access Scheme) 1400711431 Warrnambool Campus How to apply
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Regional Access Scheme) 1400711291 Warrnambool Campus How to apply

How do I apply?

We want to know all about the skills, experience and achievements that make you unique and prepare you for study. Applications are now. Apply in three simple steps.

  1. Browse the Deakin Regional Access Scheme course listing to explore which course is right for you. Double-check that you meet the course prerequisites by visiting your chosen course page.^

  2. Complete the online application form and include all documents that support your application. You’ll upload PDF or Word documents for your personal statement, resume and any other supporting documents that provide evidence of your capabilities.

  3. This is an important step: make sure you preference your chosen course using the Deakin Regional Access Scheme VTAC code in your VTAC course application.

Complete the online application form to be considered for an early conditional offer. Need some help? Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your application and answer any questions you have about preparing for uni.

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^All courses at Deakin have a minimum ATAR requirement of 50. Plus, make sure you check the entry requirements on the course page for any specific course prerequisites.

Apply for special consideration

Have your studies been disrupted by difficult circumstances? You can apply for special consideration when you submit your course preferences through VTAC. Applications close 7 October.

Find out more about the Special Entry Access Scheme

What happens next?

  1. Submit your course application through VTAC, preferencing your preferred Deakin Regional Access Scheme course using the correct VTAC code.

  2. Finish Year 12, sit your exams and celebrate.

Need help with your VTAC preferences?

The course offer received in VTAC will be for the course highest on your list of preferences where you have met all selection criteria. Make sure you’ve added the Deakin Regional Access Scheme VTAC code to your course application in VTAC.

 

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Who can apply through the Deakin Regional Access Scheme?

The Deakin Regional Access Scheme is open to current Year 12 students looking to study selected courses at our WaterfrontWaurn Ponds or Warrnambool campuses. While the scheme is available through these campuses, you don’t have to live in a regional area to be eligible.

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What courses can I study?

A wide range of courses at our WaterfrontWaurn Ponds and Warrnambool campuses are available through the scheme. Use our course finder to choose the right course for you, then visit the course page to make sure you meet the entry requirements.

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How does the scheme help me get into a Deakin course?

Current Year 12 students applying for an undergraduate degree are traditionally assessed by their ATAR. Applications made through the scheme are different. They allow us to assess other factors that demonstrate your readiness for university, including your skills, experience and achievements. Please note that you'll still need to achieve a minimum ATAR of 50 and meet all prerequisites for your chosen course.

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Will factors other than academic results be considered?

We look beyond your ATAR to recognise all the skills, experience and achievements that prepare you for study. We want to know about all the skills you’ve developed, such as emotional intelligence, collaboration, empathy, communication and resilience. If you believe your academic results help paint a picture of your potential, you can also mention them in your application.

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How do I apply through the Deakin Regional Access Scheme?

You can apply for the Deakin Regional Access Scheme when you submit your round 1 VTAC application. When submitting your VTAC application, preference your chosen course using the Regional Access Scheme VTAC code and ensure you also complete and submit the compulsory Deakin Regional Access Scheme application form. Applications open in early August.

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What kind of supporting documents do I need to provide?

You can include supporting documents in your application. These will need to be supplied as PDF or Word documents. Supporting documents can be any form of evidence that demonstrates your capabilities and continued development, such as a letter of reference for voluntary work experience, evidence of extracurricular activities, or evidence of school or community leadership positions.

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Is there a charge to apply?

No payment is required to apply for the scheme, however, you will need to apply for your chosen course through VTAC, which does include a fee. Go to the VTAC website to find out more about their application fees.

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Do I need to preference my chosen course through VTAC If I get an early conditional offer through the scheme?

Yes, you must apply for the scheme through VTAC preferencing your chosen course using the Deakin Regional Access Scheme VTAC code. This allows us to finalise your offer to study at Deakin during the VTAC selection period.

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If I don't get the published ATAR for the course can I still get an offer?

Yes, as long as you achieve a minimum ATAR of 50 the scheme looks at factors beyond your ATAR to assess your suitability for university.

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Will I be competing with students who are applying for the course with their ATAR?

The scheme provides an alternate entry pathway for applicants who would otherwise be disadvantaged by competing for a place with their ATAR alone. Each course has places allocated to students applying through the scheme. Please note that all offers, regardless of the entry pathway, are subject to course quotas.

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Can I apply for a scholarship?

Absolutely. When applying for a course, you should always check the scholarships you might be eligible for. Browse our full range of scholarships – you may be eligible for more than one.

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Do I need to do anything after receiving an early conditional offer?

Make sure you have also applied for the scheme through VTAC by preferencing your chosen course using the Deakin Regional Access Scheme VTAC code. You must successfully complete Year 12 and meet the entry requirements for your chosen course. Finally, you’ll need to accept your offer by enrolling to study in Trimester 1, 2023. You can expect further instructions on how to enrol after receiving your offer.

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Will I be told if I'm not successful?

Once you submit your Deakin Regional Access Scheme application form, one of our team members will confirm that your application has been received, whether additional information is required, or whether conditional entry has been met.

Your final course offer will be made through the VTAC system. If you are unsuccessful in receiving an offer through VTAC, please contact us to discuss your options.

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Footnotes

^All courses at Deakin have a minimum ATAR requirement of 50. Plus, make sure you check the entry requirements on the course page for any specific course prerequisites.

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