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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Deakin College students may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at Foundation and Diploma-level study.

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We consider a number of qualifications and outstanding factors in your application. View our full list of academic entry requirements here.

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Programs & achievements considered

Deakin College recognises the following formal study

  • Formal study undertaken in recognised tertiary institutions in Australia. These institutions include universities, colleges, TAFE and other post-secondary education institutions.
  • Overseas institutions will be recognised to the extent to which they are considered to be equivalent to certain types of Australian institutions.
  • Under certain conditions, consideration may extend to programs provided by recognised professional bodies, employers and other authorities. In these cases, appropriate certification must be available, and demonstrable expertise and relevant experience must be shown.

RPL Conditions

Conditions for meeting RPL requirements

  • Previous relevant studies (or other demonstrated learning achievement) must have been completed within 10 years prior to the year of application.
  • To be assessed for recognition of prior learning, students must provide the College with detailed unit outlines of all completed units in the previous qualification.
  • A maximum of four credit points may be granted.
  • Students must enrol and successfully complete all remaining Deakin College units awarded for the Diploma.

How and when to apply

Submit your application before you start your course

Applications must be submitted before you start your Deakin College course or within your first trimester of study. Applications will not be accepted in a later trimester. If you are applying for exemptions in your first trimester, do not enrol in those unit/s as your application will not be approved.

Applications must then be submitted to Deakin College by post, email or fax. If you send your application by email or fax, the original documents or certified copies of the original documents must also be posted.

Please call us on (+61) 3 9244 5197 or email for more information on all policies, procedures and related documents.

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Simran Kaur

“Deakin College was the best option for me as pathway to Deakin University since I was not able to enter straight into my Bachelor’s Degree with my qualifications. With my diploma, I get to study at Deakin College the same first year units at Deakin University and I didn’t need to repeat or waste my time.”


Diploma of Health Science

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