Established in 1974, Deakin University was named after the leader of the Australian Federation movement and the nation’s second Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin.
Deakin University has five campuses, one in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, two in the port city of Geelong and one in Warrnambool on the south-west coast of Victoria. Deakin’s fastest growing campus is in the Cloud where over 13,000 students study predominantly online. All students, regardless of their campus or mode of study, benefit from Deakin’s award-winning digital environment.
Deakin is proud of its inclusive and student-focused culture and its reputation for using innovative digital solutions to provide an engaging and personalised learning experience. Deakin is committed to lifelong learning, providing students with choices about how, when and where learning occurs.
Deakin’s four faculties offer courses across the arts, science, sport, nutrition, architecture, business, law, medicine, optometry, engineering, nursing, allied health, psychology and teaching.
With 56 000 students it is one of Australia’s largest universities and is ranked in the top 2 per cent of the world’s universities in each of the major rankings (ranked 29 in the QS ranking of the world’s universities under 50 years.
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Entry requirements for Deakin University
The main criterion for selection into undergraduate courses is the likelihood of the applicant completing the course successfully. This is based primarily on academic merit as judged by reference to the results in an approved form of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), or similar qualification, or tertiary or TAFE study. In addition, a number of places are offered under the Special Entry (mature age) scheme to applicants who are over 21 years of age on 1 January of the year of intended enrolment and who do not fit any other category of entry.
Those seeking admission to the first year of an undergraduate on-campus course by Normal Entry should direct their applications through the central applications body, the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).
Those seeking admission to Deakin under Special entry (mature age) provisions should also generally apply through VTAC. Exceptions to this procedure are Architecture and Construction Management and their combined courses.
Those seeking admission with credit for previous study to an on-campus undergraduate course should generally apply through VTAC. These prospective students may apply for admission with Credit for Prior Learning if all or part of an approved program of tertiary study at an approved tertiary institution has been completed. Exceptions to this procedure are Architecture and Construction Management and their combined courses.
Transfering your previous study credits
Deakin University has adopted a policy on credit for prior learning which ensures students receive equitable levels of credit transfer for previous post-secondary and approved informal learning. Credit for Prior Learning is offered to students in recognition of previous studies or skills and experience which exceed the normal entrance requirement for the relevant course. Qualifications acquired more than 10 years previously are not recognised or may be recognised in part only, if the student is not able to provide evidence of substantial relevant experience in the intervening period. Where possible the amount of credit offered will be assessed before the student enrols in the course.
The transfer of credit or Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) results in a reduction of the number of units which must then be taken in order to be awarded the Deakin University qualification. Deakin University assesses Credit for Prior Learning on the basis of documentary evidence of a student's past studies, including complete qualifications and individual units from the degree and diploma courses offered by Australian universities and TAFE colleges (or their predecessors). Other learning is assessed in comparison with the content and standard of the university course for which credit is being sought.
It is the responsibility of applicants to provide complete documentation to support requests for Credit for Prior Learning. Assessments will not be completed unless substantiated by full documentation. For more information students are advised to contact the relevant Faculty.
External study oppurtunities
Deakin has flexible study modes that include distance education and Cloud-based learning. Combinations of both in many courses are usually possible.