Where does Deakin College fit into your life journey?
Deciding what to study
Apply for your chosen course
FEE-Help and payment
Accepting your offer
How to prepare
Arrange accommodation (if necessary)
Life at Deakin College
Transfer to Deakin University
If you identify with this category it’s likely you’ve got your sights set on Deakin University, but you expect to, or already have fallen short of the degree entry requirements.
We’ve helped many people in the same situation. Just remember that your ATAR isn’t everything, the traditional pathway into a degree isn’t the only way and you’re certainly not alone.
We understand you might not be quite where you want to be now, and we appreciate what you’ve been through, but as Deakin Uni’s preferred pathway provider what we offer is a chance to put high school firmly behind you and to start a new supported program of study that’ll get you straight into the 2nd year of the degree you want. In other words, Deakin College programs are designed to help transition you from ‘Year 12 learner’ to ‘university ready student’ as quickly and effectively as possible.
Experts who have a background in helping high school graduate level students in your exact situation get to Deakin Uni fully prepared for the degree of their choice. Before long, you’ll have forgotten what an ATAR is. With small classes and individual study support, you’re in safe hands. Plus, you can get into the swing of Uni life as we’re based in the heart of Deakin’s campuses.
Some students come to Deakin College who’ve already had a taste of the university experience but have realised their degree (or other higher education course) just wasn’t right. Perhaps you’re still on that course and have doubts.
Whether you’ve been referred to us by Deakin Uni or found us on your own, the most important thing is you’ve acted. There’s no point continuing down a path that isn’t for you. We understand that you want to make sure things are perfect second time round.
With direct entry into Year 2 of your ideal degree, the total duration of the Deakin College pathway isn’t going to take any longer than a new full degree. What we do is ensure you get exactly the right preparation for that Deakin Uni degree. It’s quite possible you didn’t envisage this pathway as the route to your new direction, but as the official college partner to Deakin Uni our courses map straight into those degrees with the right module selections.
Read on, get in contact and let us show you the value this fully supported pathway has provided to the 22,000 students who’ve progressed through our programs to Deakin Uni.
Deakin College welcomes those with a practical/vocational background who now wish to re-orientate their learning style to a more academic one. We’re very happy you’ve dropped by and can offer the perfect transition to degree level academic study at Deakin University.
Degree level study, depending on the subject, can include practical and even vocational elements (particularly if there is an industry placement involved), but on the hole are aimed at the acquisition and application of an academic body of knowledge, the practical application of theory, and presentation of complex information in response to questions or scenarios, completion of large pieces of course work (sometimes in groups) and of course, exams.
With a truly supportive learning environment, Deakin College will ensure you make that transformation from VET student to university ready learner.
Entering higher education is a significant decision whichever stage of life you’re at, but especially when you’ve been out of the system for a while. Whether you haven’t studied for two years or 20, it’s very common for people to re-enter education and there are many advantages to it, which we’ll discuss.
First up, consider what’s on offer. A pathway into the 2nd year of a Deakin University degree, yes, but it’s more than that. You’ll certainly acquire the right subject specific knowledge, but this is also about preparing for university level study. Learning how to learn, in other words. The fact that we’re co-located with Deakin University allows you to soak up university life, with access to all facilities and services that Deakin University students have. Along the way you’ll have access to support that will hone valuable life experiences and transform you into a degree-ready learner.
With some life experience under your belt, your career objectives are likely well thought through with a clear goal in mind, which is motivation enough to see you through the challenges ahead. You may well understand yourself a bit better than when you were a teenager, your strengths/weaknesses, likes/dislikes, so your chosen study path and career are ones that suit you well. You may well be able to apply life experiences to the classroom and the knowledge you’ve gained from work, society and the world. You’ve almost certainly developed other skills which might include those relating to organisation, self-discipline, confidence, and a host of others.
Hopefully you can see there’s good reason to be optimistic about entering education with some life experience behind you!
Take a look at our diploma courses and which degrees you can progress to.
Hopefully you were able to identify with some of the scenarios described. But what should you do now?
Our diplomas cover the major subject areas offered by Deakin University: Business, Commerce, Communication, Construction Management, Design, Engineering, Film, TV & Animation, Health, Information Technology, Science.
Perhaps you’ve got a career or job outcome in mind, or you know the degree you’d like to study – use the course pages to determine which diploma provides the right path into that degree.
What are some of the other things you may want to consider when deciding what degree to study?
In the case of Deakin, their industry partners help to inform course content so what Deakin University teach in modules is aligned with industry.
How you apply to Deakin College as an Australian student is dependent on when you’d like to start your course. The How to Apply page explains this, but in a nutshell, you’re either going to apply through:
Either way, the application process is straightforward but if you’re applying through VTAC for the March intake, it’s important to be mindful of the Change of Preference period, which takes place after exam results are released in early December. To help you through the process, we run information sessions so make sure you contact us to book your place.
We’ll review and assess your application and if you’re successful, you’ll receive a Letter of Offer usually within 24-48 hours, but it can take longer depending on how complete the application is (all documents received etc.)
The next step is to accept that offer, which requires two things:
More detailed information
Unless you live a distance away from your chosen campus and need to find accommodation, there isn’t too much left for you to do…
If you don’t already live locally with family or in your own accommodation, there’s a great range of accommodation options on offer to suit your needs.
Where you live is such a personal choice but the biggest question is, should you live on or off campus? Living on-campus offers the full immersive Deakin experience but there are excellent off-campus options and cost savings.
If you want to live on-campus in a Deakin residence, apply as early as possible because places are limited.
With the hardest part over, there are a few left to ensure that you’re ready for the off. Our “Preparing to Arrive” page contains important information about accepting your offer, important dates, getting your finances in order, safety and security, and connecting with other students.
Also, why not plan and practice your route to campus. Directions can be found here, including important information about car parking:
Depending on your study schedule, your degree is only eight or 12 months away. For now, get a preview of your first week at Deakin College.
Your first day at Deakin College will begin at the Orientation and Enrolment day, which is compulsory for all students to attend.
It’s the perfect introduction to your new life as a Deakin College student and starts the week before your classes begin. There will be activities and events all aimed and helping you to transition to your new Deakin life.
Another important milestone is making your first friend (it’s a great feeling when you do!) and orientation is the ideal place to do it.
You’ll also meet staff, learn about the course and faculty, and important you can make sure you’re properly enrolled.
Information about the orientation program and your first week with us.
he many clubs and societies on offer are a great way to meet like minded people and build a new social circle. As a Deakin College student, you have full access to all Deakin University’s services and facilities, which includes the Deakin University Students Association (DUSA).