Entry requirements

The following information is for Australian or New Zealand permanent residents only. If you are an international  student, please visit La Trobe International.

Undergraduate

If you want to study an undergraduate degree in education, you need to successfully complete VCE (units 3 & 4) or equivalent.

You may also gain entry through one of our alternative entry schemes:

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

If you have experienced adverse circumstances in Years 11 or 12, you can apply for special consideration through VTAC.

For more information see our Special Entry Access Scheme page.

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

If you did not complete VCE or equivalent, but are aged over 21 on the 1 January in the year you intend to commence study, you may be eligible to apply via Mature-Age entry.

To be eligible 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 our 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 need to provide some written information and attend a panel interview with the Aboriginal Liaison Officer.

To get help with your application, see our Indigenous Education website.

Disadvantaged groups


You can apply for special consideration if your preparation for study has been significantly affected. This includes:

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

To apply for special consideration, complete the VTAC SEAS-Access and Equity application form. You will need to provide supporting evidence.

Prerequisites

You may also need to complete certain subjects (prerequisites) for entry to a specific university course.

For example, to study a Bachelor of Outdoor Education, you must complete VCE Units 3 and 4 with a minimum score of 25 in English (ESL) or 20 in any other English.

Postgraduate

If you want to study a graduate diploma or master's course, you must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent. You must also have results that show you're capable of postgraduate study.

Graduate Diploma/Postgraduate Diploma

If you want to apply for a graduate or postgraduate diploma, you will typically need a bachelor's degree.

A graduate diploma may include undergraduate subjects. A postgraduate diploma includes postgraduate subjectsl.

Sometimes, a graduate certificate forms the first half of the graduate diploma. The graduate diploma may form the first part of a master by coursework degree.

Entry requirements depend on the type of graduate certificate or graduate diploma.

Masters by coursework

If you want to apply for a master's by coursework degree, you will typically need a bachelor's degree or equivalent. You will also need to demonstrate your ability 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, you may be required to complete a short thesis or other extended piece of work.

Entry requirements depend on the type of master's program.

Research higher degree studies

We offer the following higher degree options: master's by research, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and professional doctorates.

Find more information by searching for your course on the University homepage.