Non Year 12 applicants

For applicants with work, study and life experience who completed secondary education in or prior to 2018. Now's the time to develop your skills for a changing world, so that whatever tomorrow holds, you'll be ready.

Find a course

Use our course finder to browse our full range of undergraduate courses and discover which one suits your interests and goals.

If you’re interested in a particular study area such as law, business, arts or engineering, explore your interest area or search for courses by name. On each course page, you’ll find information such as entry requirements, professional recognition, career opportunities, course structure, fees and much more.

Understanding entry requirements

Before starting your application, it’s important to read through the entry requirements on the course page. Examples of entry requirements include prerequisites, English language requirements and special criteria. If you can tick off each entry requirement, you can confidently move onto the next stage of preparing your application.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements, you won’t be eligible to apply for the course. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s out of reach. You still may be able enter the course through an alternate pathway.

Supporting documents

When applying for a course, you’ll need to submit documents to support your application. Since documents will vary depending on the course, you should read the course details page carefully to understand the entry requirements and any supporting information required upon application.

Examples could include your resume, a transcript of previous study, test results, a personal statement, identification documents or a folio of work. If your documents aren't in English, you’ll need to supply a certified English translation.

Learn more about preparing your application

How to write a personal statement

You’ll have the opportunity to strengthen your application with a personal statement, which is a bit like a cover letter for your course application. It outlines your motivations for studying, your previous education and employment history, and how the course can take your career forward.

Your personal statement is your chance to shine, so take time to think about your work, study and life experience, and how it equips you to succeed in the course.

Get tips on writing a personal statement

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is Deakin’s way of recognising the hard work you’ve already put into your studies or career. Through RPL you may be able to have your work and study experience recognised with course credit points, reducing your course duration and tuition costs.

Use our RPL calculator to learn what credit you might be eligible for at Deakin. Please note, this is an indication only and if your institution isn’t listed it’s still possible to receive credit. We can only confirm your RPL when you submit your application.

Entry pathways

If you don’t quite meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, the good news is there are more pathways into university than you might think.

Here are a few examples of pathways you can take:

  • Use TAFE study as a stepping stone into your dream course.
  • Complete a Deakin College diploma to fast-track your way into an undergraduate degree.
  • Complete a Deakin associate degree that creates a pathway into arts and education courses.

Use our pathways finder to map out a pathway to your dream course and career.


A Deakin scholarship is more than just a financial boost. It recognises your achievements and sets you on the pathway to success at university.

When you’re applying for a course, it’s a good idea to browse our available scholarships – you may be eligible for more than one. While most scholarship applications are made through Deakin’s Scholarship Applicant Portal, it’s important to read the details on each scholarship page for the correct information on how to apply, benefits and eligibility criteria.

Learn more about Deakin scholarships and check out our top five tips for making a strong scholarship application.

Special consideration and applying for SEAS

Has your education been impacted by challenging circumstances? When preparing your course application, you should also research your eligibility for special consideration.

Special consideration, sometimes referred to as the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS), recognises what you would have achieved if your circumstances were different. A successful application for special consideration can increase your chances of being selected in a course.

You can apply for special consideration under the following categories:

  • under-represented, regional and Indigenous students
  • financial hardship
  • disability or medical condition
  • difficult life or family challenges (including the impacts of COVID-19 and the 2019/20 bushfires)
  • elite athletes and performers.

Learn more about special consideration and how you can apply

Submitting your application

Applications for Trimester 1, 2 and 3 can be made through the Deakin Application Portal. If you wish to apply for more than one course, you can only apply through VTAC.

When you’re ready to start your application, it’s important to have any required supporting documents on hand. Examples could include your resume, identification documents, a personal statement, or a folio of work.

  1. If you’re using the Deakin Application Portal for the first time, you'll need to create an account by clicking ‘register’. After completing the registration form, a verification email will be sent to your email address. Click on the link in the email to log in to the Deakin Application Portal.
  2. Once you’ve logged in, you can start your course application. As you progress through the steps, you’ll be prompted to provide personal details and information about your education experience. You’ll also have the opportunity to upload supporting documents.
  3. You’ll progress to the review and submit section, where you’ll be able to review all the details you’ve provided and complete any outstanding sections of the application. Finally, make sure to read and accept the declaration before submitting.

If you forget your password, use the 'Forgot your password' link on the portal. If you need any help, contact our Student Central team on +61 3 9244 6333 or submit an online enquiry.

If you need help completing your application, get in touch by booking an Application Assist appointment or by giving us a call.

Melbourne Burwood Campus
+61 3 9244 6333

Geelong campuses
+61 3 5227 2333

Warrnambool Campus
+61 3 5563 3333

Cloud Campus
13 DEAKIN or 13 3325

What happens after you apply

You’ll be emailed with a receipt number upon completion of your application. We’ll usually notify you of the outcome of your application via email within 10 working days, however, some courses may take longer.