Entry requirements

The following information is for Australian or New Zealand  permanent residents only. For information on how to apply as an international  student, please visit La Trobe International.

Undergraduate

Students wishing to gain entry into an undergraduate degree in the School of Education typically require a successful completion  of VCE (units 3 & 4) or equivalent. Applicants may also gain entry by  fulfilling the requirements of one of the University's alternative entry schemes:

Special Year 12 Consideration/Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS)

If you are a current Year 12 student who has experienced adverse circumstances in Years 11 and or 12, we will take into account the information provided on your VTAC Special Consideration application. For more information see the La Trobe University Special Entry Access Scheme page.

Mature-age entry/Special Entry and Access Scheme (SEAS)

If you are aged over 21 on the 1st of January in the year you intend to commence study, and have not satisfied minimum tertiary entrance requirements (VCE or Equivalent)  you may be eligible for entry via the University's Mature-Age Entry administered through Category 1 of VTAC's Special Entry and Access Scheme (SEAS).

To be eligible for Mature-Age entry you must:

  • be a Non-Year 12 applicant
  • be 21 or older on 1 January
  • complete a Personal Statement form
  • sit the appropriate Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as specified in individual course entries In CourseFinder
  • compete any other Mature-Age Special Entry requirements specified in individual course entries in CourseFinder.

For more information see the La Trobe University Special Entry Access Scheme page.

Indigenous Australians

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island origin, you are encouraged to apply for entry and will be considered on an individual basis. You may be asked to attend an interview with a panel including the Aboriginal Liaison Officer, and to provide some written information. For assistance with your application, see the La Trobe University Indigenous Education website.

Disadvantaged groups


If a significant part of your preparation for tertiary study has been adversely affected by one or more of the following factors, you may apply for special consideration:

  • Applicants from under-represented schools
  • Difficult family circumstances
  • Disability or long-term medical condition
  • Disadvantaged socio-economic background
  • Non-English speaking background
  • Refugee status
  • Rural or isolated applicants

If any of the above criteria applies to you, you should apply through VTAC and complete the appropriate section(s) of the VTAC SEAS-Access and Equity application form including relevant supporting evidence and statements.

Prerequisites

In addition to completing VCE or equivalent, certain subjects may need to be completed in order to be eligible for a place in a specific university course. For example, the prerequisites for the Bachelor of Outdoor Education are: VCE Units 3 and 4: minimum score of 25 in English (ESL) or 20 in any other English. Similarly, the prerequisites for the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) are: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English, and Units 1 and 2: any two units, any study combination from General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods (CAS)  or Units 3 and 4 Mathematics (any)

Postgraduate

Students applying for entry into a Graduate Diploma or Master's course will typically hold a Bachelor degree or equivalent, with results that demonstrate an aptitude for postgraduate study.

Graduate Diploma/Postgraduate Diploma

Students applying for a Graduate or Postgraduate Diploma will typically hold a Bachelor degree. A Graduate Diploma may comprise subjects at an undergraduate level, while a Postgraduate Diploma comprises subjects at postgraduate level.

In some cases, a Graduate Certificate constitutes the first half of the Graduate Diploma. The Graduate Diploma in turn may serve as the first part of a Master by coursework degree. Entry requirements may vary according to the type of Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma being undertaken.

Further information is available through the La Trobe University 'Find a Course' icon on the University homepage.

Masters by coursework

Applicants for the School's Masters by Coursework degrees will typically hold a Bachelor degree or equivalent, with results that demonstrate an aptitude for postgraduate study. Masters by Coursework programs typically require the equivalent of one to two years of full-time study. While coursework is the main mode of study, the overall requirements for a Masters by Coursework degree may include a short thesis or other extended piece of work.

Entry requirements vary according to the type of Masters program being applied for.

Further information is available through the La Trobe University 'Find a Course' icon on the University homepage.

Research higher degree studies

The School of Education offers the following higher degree options; Masters by Research, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Professional Doctorates.

Further information is available through the La Trobe University 'Find a Course' icon on the University homepage.