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Deakin Regional Access Scheme

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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 open to current and recent domestic Year 12 students (2021, 2020 and 2019) looking to study at our Waterfront, Waurn Ponds or Warrnambool campuses – but you don’t have to live in a regional area to be eligible. It's perfect for students who want to achieve their best free from the expectations of exams.

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 study. If your application is successful, you’ll receive an early offer to Deakin (as soon as late August). It’s also beneficial for recent Year 12 students who believe their ATAR isn’t a true reflection of their potential.

How does it work?

A range of courses at our regional campuses are available through the Deakin Regional Access Scheme. To apply for an early offer, fill out the online application form that gives you the opportunity to tell us how your skills and experience set you up for success at uni.

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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 Creative Arts (Photography) (Regional Access Scheme)^ 1400411221 Geelong Waterfront Campus How to apply
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) (Regional Access Scheme)^ 1400411231 Geelong Waterfront Campus How to apply
Bachelor of Arts (Regional Access Scheme) 1400311241 Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus How to apply
Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) (Regional Access Scheme) 1400311251 Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus How to apply
Bachelor of Creative Writing (Regional Access Scheme) 1400311261 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 Environmental Science (Marine Biology) (Regional Access Scheme) 1400711341 Warrnambool Campus How to apply
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Regional Access Scheme) 1400711291 Warrnambool Campus How to apply

^Applicants may submit a portfolio of work to showcase their talents and strengthen their application. Portfolios should satisfy the requirements specified by the submission deadline.

How do I apply?

Complete our online application form to apply. Use the form to sell yourself – we want to know about all the skills, experience and achievements that demonstrate your readiness for study. Strengthen your application by including supporting documents that provide evidence of your capabilities.

  1. Use our course finder to choose the right course for you, then visit the course page to make sure you meet the entry requirements.

  2. Complete our online application form, including the Deakin statement, remembering to include any documents that support your application.

  3. Preference your chosen course in your VTAC application, using the Deakin Regional Access Scheme VTAC code.

Examples of supporting documents

  • A letter of reference for voluntary work experience
  • Evidence of extracurricular activities such as Deakin Accelerate
  • Evidence of school or community leadership positions, such as school captain
  • Evidence of participation in the Deakin Engagement and Access Program (DEAP)
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We’ve curated some of the most commonly asked questions about the Deakin Regional Access Scheme.

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Who can apply?

The Deakin Regional Access Scheme is open to current and recent Year 12 students (2021, 2020 and 2019) looking to study 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 and recent 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 successfully complete Year 12 to meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree.

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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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When do applications open?

Round 1 applications are open from 2 August–1 December 2021, while round 2 applications are open from 20 December 2021–4 January 2022. Apply in round 1 to be prioritised for an offer. After preferencing a Deakin Regional Access Scheme course, you’ll still need to complete the online form by the deadline to be considered for an offer. Dates for subsequent rounds may be released at a later stage.

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How do I apply?

Complete our online application form and include any documents that support your application. Submit the form in round 1 (open from 2 August–1 December 2021) to be prioritised for an offer. When submitting your VTAC application, preference your chosen course using the Regional Access Scheme VTAC code.

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Will I have to upload any documents?

You can include supporting documents in your application that provide evidence of your capabilities. 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, 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 offer through the scheme?

Yes, it’s important that you still apply for the scheme through VTAC, which allows us to finalise your offer to study at Deakin.

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When will I find out if my application is successful?

If your application is successful, you’ll receive an early offer to Deakin (as soon as late August).

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

Yes, 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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Should I still put the ATAR version of the course on my VTAC preference list?

If you are aiming to achieve the ATAR for the course you want, then yes. The Deakin Regional Access Scheme should be your alternate entry option.

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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?

You’ll still need to apply for your chosen course via VTAC and successfully complete Year 12 to meet the entry requirements for undergraduate study. Finally, you’ll need to accept your offer by enrolling in study for Trimester 1, 2022. 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?

Yes, we will send you an email with the outcome of your application.

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What are my options if my application is unsuccessful?

Firstly, you can apply for the second round of offers for the scheme. You can also explore Deakin’s full range of alternate pathways and get in touch with a student adviser to explore your options.

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Key dates

Stay informed and in control of your future by familiarising yourself with our upcoming key dates, events and information sessions.

VTAC course applications
2 August–1 December

The Timely application period is open, so why not make a start on your course preferences shortlist? Learn more about preferencing by visiting our Year 12 student support hub.

Find out more

VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme applications
2 August–9 October 

If your Year 12 studies have been disrupted by difficult circumstances, special consideration rewards your resilience and recognises your full potential.

Find out more

Scholarships

Deakin scholarships provide more than just a financial boost. They’re recognition of the commitment you’ve made to your studies and set you on the path to success at university.

Deakin Student Support Scholarship

For applicants who have experienced hardship.

  • Up to $10,000 per year for the normal duration of your course
  • Includes a range of support services

Find out more

Deakin Achieving Potential Scholarship

For applicants who have experienced hardship.

  • Up to $10,000 per year for the normal duration of your course
  • Join a network of donors and students changing the future for the better

Find out more

Deakin Scholarship for Excellence

For applicants who show promise in or beyond academic achievements.

  • $5000 per year for the normal duration of your course
  • Recognises academic performance or excellence in extracurricular activities

Find out more

Browse our full range of scholarships – you might be eligible for more than one.

What you can look forward to at Deakin

When you study at Deakin, you’ll be joining the most satisfied university students in Victoria*. Here are just a few of the reasons why students thrive at Deakin on their way to becoming tomorrow’s leaders.

  • Our focus on practical learning, industry exposure and training in world-class facilities prepares you to make a confident transition into your future career.
  • You can achieve your best in and outside the classroom by accessing a world of support, including study mentors, success coaches and a range of physical and mental health services.
  • Find a career you love at every stage of your life with lifetime support from DeakinTALENT – Australia's #1 careers service.^

Will I be studying on campus?

You can look forward to learning, meeting friends and having fun in our world-class facilities. Digital learning will complement on-campus teaching in 2022, adding flexibility to your studies and enhancing your digital skills.

Footnotes

* Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS)
^ Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019 winner
+ Deakin is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our students, staff and University community, ensuring our campuses are COVIDSafe and adhere to any government restrictions.

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