Special entry and access program

The Special Entry Access Program helps paint a picture of your full potential as a student. Here, you’ll learn how you can use it to strengthen your course application, the type of special consideration you could be eligible for, Deakin access programs, and how you can apply.

What is special consideration?

If you’ve had to overcome challenging circumstances on your way to university, you owe it to yourself to apply for special consideration. It acknowledges the hard work you’ve put in, while recognising what you could have achieved if your circumstances were different.

Special consideration can adjust your rank. This means you can be offered a place in a course at Deakin, with a lower rank than would usually be required. You’ve got nothing to lose by applying, and it can make all the difference when trying to secure a place in your dream course.

Did you know?

  • Deakin and VTAC recognise special consideration under the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS).
  • SEAS is a single application that is sent to all the courses you apply to.
  • Special consideration is available for all undergraduate course applicants, not just current Year 12 students.

Types of special consideration

We offer four categories of special consideration that cater for the many different challenges people face while preparing to become a university student. Browse the different types of special consideration to get a better understanding of the category that best suits you.

Under-represented, regional or Indigenous students

Deakin supports under-represented, regional and Indigenous students in more ways than one. We provide special consideration for a range of factors relating to your personal information and location, while creating unique entry streams and scholarships that connect you to a course you love.

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Financial hardship

Have you experienced financial hardship while preparing for university? You deserve to have your challenges recognised. If your life has been affected by financial disadvantage, we encourage you to apply for special consideration.

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Disability or medical condition

We want to acknowledge the hard work you’ve put into your studies while living with a disability or medical condition. This category considers any medical factor that has impacted your education.

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Difficult life or family challenges

Deakin recognised that your ability to prepare for university study may have been limited due to a broad range of challenges, including but not limited to: learning impacted by natural disasters, refugee and asylum seeker status, long-term illness of a family member, homelessness, discrimination and severe family disruptions.

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Are you an aspiring or elite athlete?

If you’re a Year 12 student participating in sport at an elite level while you study (nationally or internationally), you could be eligible for consideration that improves your selection rank for a course at Deakin.

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Indigenous Access Scheme

The Indigenous Access Scheme is a pathway into undergraduate study for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. When you apply, we'll look at a range of factors to help you find the course that's right for you. As well as academic achievements, you can demonstrate your readiness for study through previous life or work experience, education, community involvement, and anything else that is relevant.

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How to apply for special consideration

Applying for special consideration is simple, and in some cases you won’t need to provide any details outside of your course application. The process is different for each category, so please visit the relevant special consideration page for step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

For additional advice on strengthening your application and more information on how special consideration is applied to your ATAR, visit our applying for special consideration page.

How to apply for special consideration

Key dates

Special consideration applications

SEAS applications for study in Trimester 1 2022  open 9am, 7 April 2021.

Course applications

Course applications for study in Trimester 1 2022 open 9am, 2 August 2021.

Subject adjustments

Your aggregate score can also be increased through subject adjustments. Depending on the course you’re applying for, completing related subjects in high school could boost your aggregate score – like if you’re applying for a Bachelor of Civil Engineering having achieved a study score of 30 in mathematical methods.

Find out more about subject adjustments in the entry requirements section (in the selection adjustments tab) on course pages.

Get help with your application

If you’d like some guidance through your application, get in touch with one of our friendly future student advisers. Book an appointment at a time that suits you, or give us a call on 1800 693 888.

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If you don’t quite meet the entry requirements for your preferred course, the good news is there’s more than one pathway to university. Learn more about entry pathways and use our pathways finder to plan a study path to your dream course.

*Dates may be subject to change and some courses will close earlier. Please check specific course pages for details and earlier closing dates.