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Admission Requirements - Australian Students

Admission Criteria

Deakin College offers admission through one or a combination of the below methods.

Academic Entry Requirements

Education Level Entry Requirement

Applicants with higher education study

Completion or part completion of an Australian higher education qualification or equivalent*.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Completion or part completion of an Australian VET qualification or equivalent*.

Applicants with secondary education

Satisfactory completion of Year 12, OR the equivalent from any Australian state or territory, Foundation Programs, International Baccalaureate, A levels or other international equivalents.

Applicants are assessed on the basis of work experience relevant to the program; determined by type and level of employment, details of employer and length of employment. References and/or a statement from the employer substantiating the work claim are required.

Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants are also required to submit a short statement articulating how they will use the knowledge, skills, abilities and personal qualities gained through life experience to succeed in their chosen course.

If applicants are unable to demonstrate work experience, Deakin College will require an interview.



Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications

Domestic applicants with academic qualifications are assessed for comparability using, but not limited to, the following resources

a) The National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR) Country Education Profiles (CEPs). These can be accessed online at https://internationaleducation.gov.au/services-and-resources/pages/qualifications-recognition.aspx

b)    The National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) (UK company.) NARIC can be accessed online at www.naric.org.uk.

You can view our international admission requirements here.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
There are no specific or special admissions options for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Check if you are eligible for credit
If you have existing formal qualifications, you may be eligible for exemptions for those previous studies.

Find out how to apply for Credit here.


English Language Proficiency

The language of instruction at Deakin College is English.

The following table can be used as a general guide to English admission requirements.  

English Test / Level Results required for direct entry to foundation and diploma programs (excluding the Diploma of Media and Communication) Results required for direct entry to Diploma of Media and Comms Results required for the Foundation Program (Extended) and Mixed Diploma*

Cambridge: English Advanced (CAE)

FCE Level B2

CAE1 Level C1

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Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI)

EAP 2

EAP 3

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GCE O-level

C6

B4

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HK Form 5

60% in Form 5 English Language

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HKDSE

Level 3 HKDSE English

English Contact the Deakin College Admissions Team

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IELTS

Foundation program (Standard): 5.5 (with no band score below 5)
Diploma: 5.5 (with no band score below 5.5)

6.0 (with no band score below 5.5)

5.0 (with no band score below 4.5)

Pearsons Test of English Academic (PTE)

42-49

50-57

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SPM English

C4

B4

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TOEFL Computer Based

196

213

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TOEFL Paper Based

525

550

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TOELF iBT

69-70

79-80

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Year 12 English (Australia)*

Pass

Pass

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Note: The Australian Government requires students from Student Visa Assessment Level 3 or 4 countries with an IELTS score below 6.0 to study a full-time English course before starting their academic studies at Deakin College. *The Mixed Program is not available at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus or Waterfront Campus or the Media and Communication program at the Melbourne Burwood Campus.

*Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 20 in any English.

Mature Age

Mature age students (21 years of age and over) may be admitted to a course without meeting the formal academic requirements if they have relevant work experience and other acceptable qualifications.

 

Supplementary Portfolio Entry

Students who believe broader assessment of their school results, work experience, community engagement and other training/education achievements would be relevant to their application, may submit a supplementary portfolio to support their application.

Applicants in the following categories should submit a supplementary portfolio.
•    School leavers who have fallen short of the required entry requirements.
•    School leavers who do not have an Australian Tertiary Entrance Rank (ATAR) or equivalent.
•    Students who have not completed Year 12.

Please note: Course specific English language requirements and pre-requisites must still be met.

What should you include in your Supplementary Portfolio?

1. Personal Statement

This should be attached to your application and be 250-400 words in length. Your statement should answer the following questions:

  • Why do you wish to pursue the course you have selected? Describe how this course aligns with your interests and career goals. Which ‘major’ do you wish to complete at Deakin University?
  • How will you balance study, work and leisure activities whilst remaining fully committed to your studies?
  • What independent learning skills do you have that will assist you in completing a higher education award. How have you demonstrated those skills in your life and/or career to date?
  • What information technology skills do you have? How familiar are you with word processing, spread sheets , presentations, databases, web browsers and email applications?

 2. Resume

This should include all your work experience to date. It should include details of any paid, unpaid, voluntary, school based, full or part-time work. Which skills did you utilise whilst gaining this work experience.

3. References (optional)

You may wish to submit names and contact details of one or two professional or personal referees to support your application.
Please contact the college to find out more.