Pathways and Entry Programs for current and recently finished high school students

Reduce your reliance on an ATAR or remove the need for it entirely with a pathway or entry program into La Trobe

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Explore your way into La Trobe University

At La Trobe, there’s more than one way into uni. Browse all the pathways and entry programs options or use our course pathway tool to find the best way for you to get into your dream course.

What’s the difference between a pathway and an entry program at La Trobe?

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Pathways help you get into your chosen course through enrolling into another qualification after you finish high school. For example, you may complete a La Trobe Diploma or a TAFE Diploma as one pathway to a Bachelor's degree or start a related La Trobe degree and transfer into your chosen course.An Entry Program at La Trobe provides various ways to boost your application with the aim of getting an offer into your preferred course. These options can involve additional study in high school or alternatives to the traditional ATAR entry, such as athletic, work or community experience.

Entry programs – complete university subjects during school studies to gain entry

Aspire Early University study – Prepare

Study free micro-subjects online and use your average mark to enter your dream course at La Trobe.

  • it’s 100% online and free
  • it’s designed to fit into your school commitments – you can study at your own pace through the La Trobe term
  • we’ll take your average mark across these subjects and use that to calculate a La Trobe entrance score to make you a conditional early offer.

Learn more Use the course pathway tool

Aspire Early University study – Advance

Study one subject from La Trobe while you’re a Year 12, VCE, HSC or IB student, in either first or second semester. We’ll then use your mark from that subject (or your ATAR if you receive one, and it’s higher) to help you get into your dream course. These extra subjects won't contribute to your ATAR. This option is available to scored and unscored VCE students.

  • 100% free and online
  • reduced first-year study load

Learn more Use the course pathway tool

Aspire Achieve Plus

Choose a subject pair (two subjects total) and study one in each semester, and your marks from those subjects will contribute to your ATAR or replace it with a La Trobe entrance score, whichever is higher, to double your chances of getting into your dream course.

  • 100% free and online
  • your online uni subjects count towards your ATAR
  • get reduced first year costs and study load
  • we’ll organise everything through the VCAA
  • only for students studying scored VCE

Learn more Use the course pathway tool

Pathways – start another course or complete tertiary study to gain entry

Benefits

  • Associate Degrees allow you to transfer into the third year of Bachelor’s degrees
  • graduate from your dream course in the same time as if you applied directly.

Am I eligible?

  • check course entry requirements for the course you’re applying to
  • use our pathway tool to discover which Associate Degrees lead to your dream course.

Requirements

  • if you meet all entry requirements, you can apply to a Bachelor’s degree with similar subjects or majors as your dream course
  • after two years full-time, or after completing the equivalent amount of credit points, you can exit early with an Associate Degree
  • you can then request a transfer into your dream course.

Explore available courses for associate degrees Use our pathway tool

Can’t meet the entry requirements for your dream course? You can enrol in a different Bachelor's degree and, upon meeting academic requirements, transfer into your preferred course.

Benefits

This option is good if you can’t meet the entry requirements for your dream course.

Am I eligible?

  • check course entry requirements for the course you’re applying to
  • use our pathway tool to discover which Associate Degrees lead to your dream course.

Requirements

Enrol in a different Bachelor's degree and, upon meeting academic requirements, transfer into your preferred course.

Learn about course transfers Use our pathway tool

Benefits of La Trobe Diplomas

  • gain entry to a range of Bachelor's degrees by studying a one-year La Trobe Diploma with lower entry requirements
  • you’ll receive credit for studies completed during your Diploma, meaning you’ll finish your course sooner.

Am I eligible?

  • check course entry requirements for the Diploma you’re applying to
  • use our pathway tool to discover which Diplomas lead to your dream course.

Explore our Diplomas Use our pathway tool

Benefits of TAFE or VET

  • you can study an Certificate IV at TAFE or VET, and then transfer to a range of Bachelor's degrees
  • Complete a TAFE/VET Diploma or Advanced Diploma and gain entry as well as credit into a Bachelor’s degree, accelerating your completion date subject to meeting academic requirements
  • smaller classroom-like teaching provides an easier transition post-school
  • most of our Bachelor’s degrees are available part-time, so you can work while you study

Check with our partner institutions on how to apply for the VET component of your chosen pathway.

Requirements

Once you've enrolled at TAFE, apply directly to La Trobe University or through VTAC for the degree aspect of your pathway. Simply upload your certificate upon completion of your course.

Explore TAFE and VET options Use our pathway tool

Benefits of La Trobe College

Regardless of your ATAR, La Trobe College Australia gives you guaranteed entry into the second year of your chosen Bachelor’s degree at La Trobe University.

  • small classes and personalised support
  • graduate with a Diploma and a Bachelor’s degree in just 3-4 years, depending on the chosen course of study.

Am I eligible?

Domestic and international students can apply.

Requirements

Complete a diploma program (in 8 or 12 months) to gain entry into the second year of your chosen course at La Trobe University.

Explore La Trobe College programs Use our pathway tool

Entry programs – use existing results, experience or personal circumstances to gain entry

Aspire Year 11 Conditional Entry

The Aspire Year 11 Conditional Entry program uses your performance in year 11 to secure you an early conditional offer into a range of courses at La Trobe.

  • get an early conditional offer without additional study commitments
  • access to free Succeeding at University short course
  • unlock 150+ courses at La Trobe

Aspire Community Contribution

We reward Year 12 or non-Year 12 students who are involved in community, leadership and volunteering with an early conditional offer at La Trobe. This means you’ll know if you have a place at university in September, or even earlier.

Examples of community work:

  • fundraising for charity
  • helping to run a school or community club
  • coaching a sports team
  • volunteering at an aged care home
  • mentoring younger students
  • leading as a school or house captain.

Learn more Use the course pathway tool

La Trobe Priority Access Program 

Eligible current Year 12 students across Australia can get multiple adjustment factors for applications into undergraduate courses.

  • automatically rewarded with adjustment factors for entry into our undergraduate courses
  • awarded multiple adjustment factors under more than one category, with a maximum of 15 aggregate points awarded through the program.

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Regional Benefits Program

If you come from a regional school and scored an ATAR of 80 or higher, you can be guaranteed a place in your chosen course (subject to meeting all course requirements and prerequisites).

  • offered at La Trobe’s Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura or Shepparton campuses.
  • includes a scholarship of up to $5,000 a year
  • access to opportunities and a supportive network

Learn more Use the course pathway tool

La Trobe Elite Athlete Program (LEAP)

Eligible elite athletes could have a five aggregate point adjustment factor applied towards their admission to La Trobe.

The scheme is available to domestic undergraduate applicants who:

  • meet the eligibility criteria as an elite athlete as outlined under the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program
  • apply for their chosen La Trobe University courses through VTAC (as per VTAC course application timings)
  • can demonstrate how their elite sport commitments have impacted previous studies
  • complete the online application form.

Learn more Use the course pathway tool

Special Entry Access Schemes(SEAS)

The Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) covers a range of access and equity programs.

SEAS provides special consideration for those who have experienced educational disadvantage under the following categories:

  • personal information and location
  • disadvantaged financial background
  • disability or medical condition
  • difficult circumstances.

Learn more Use the course pathway tool

Additional support programs

Rise with La Trobe

If you’re an Indigenous Australian student, our new RISE with La Trobe Indigenous pathways program will support and prepare you for future university study.

You’ll get access to a huge range of activities, workshops and events, including academic learning, cultural activities and connections, mentoring, academic assistance and introductions to uni life.

To complete the RISE program, you’ll need to complete one of the following programs:

  • Aspire Prepare
  • Aspire Advance
  • Aspire Achieve plus
  • Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP).

Learn more Use the course pathway tool

Talk to us to understand your options