Pathways and entry programs for year 12 students

At La Trobe, you’re more than a number. Explore our pathway and entry program options to plan your way into your dream course.

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Worried about your ATAR?

There’s more options that you think. Use our tools below to explore the different ways you can achieve your study goals at La Trobe.

Get into university through a pathway course

What are pathways?

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.

How do I transfer from a pathway course?

If you didn’t get the ATAR you wanted, then a great option is to start a pathway course then transfer later, provided you meet the entry requirements. Learn more about course transfers.

Explore our pathway options below to find the best way into your dream course at La Trobe.

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Study a different Bachelor’s degree with lower entry requirements then transfer

Find your course by ATAR

Enrol in a different Bachelor's degree and transfer later into your preferred course.

Enrol straight into a similar Bachelor’s degree

Receive credit for studies completed during your Bachelor’s degree

To be eligible, you must meet all entry and academic requirements for the course you're planning to transfer into.

Use our pathway tool to discover which degrees lead to your preferred course.

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Transfer after 2 years studying an Associate Degree with lower entry requirements

Explore Associate degrees

Complete a two-year Associate Degree to gain entry and credit for studies towards a range of degrees.

Gain an Associate degree qualification, with the option of exiting early with your qualification.

Transfer straight into third year of a range of degrees.

To be eligible, you must meet all entry requirements for your preferred course.

Once you meet all entry requirements, you can apply to a Bachelor’s degree with similar subjects or majors.

Use our pathway tool to discover which Associate Degrees lead to your preferred course.

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Study a 1-year Diploma and use that credit to transfer to a Bachelor’s degree

Explore Diploma courses

Complete a 1-year Diploma to gain entry and credit for studies towards a range of degrees.

Gain entry to a range of Bachelor's degrees

Receive credit for studies completed during your Diploma

To be eligible, you must meet all academic requirements for your preferred course.

Use our pathway tool to discover which Diplomas lead to your preferred course.

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Complete a certificate at a TAFE or VET for more practical learning and then transfer

Explore our TAFE partners

Study a Certificate IV at TAFE or VET, and then transfer to a range of Bachelor's degrees.

Experience smaller classroom-like teaching for an easier transition into uni studies.

Receive credit for studies completed during your TAFE studies.

Get guaranteed or direct entry into many of our courses.

Check with our partner institutions for entry requirements for the VET component of your chosen pathway.

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Start at La Trobe College and get second year entry into a Bachelor’s degree without an ATAR

Explore La Trobe College

Complete a diploma program in 8 or 12 months to gain entry into the second year of a range of degrees.

Experience small classes and personalised support or an easier transition into uni studies.

Graduate with a Diploma and a Bachelor’s degree in just 3–4 years.

Explore La Trobe College courses to find out about pathway and entry requirements into your preferred course.

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Get into university through an entry program

What are entry programs?

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.

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Get priority access from partner schools, schools close to La Trobe campus or regional schools

Priority Access Program

Get multiple adjustment factors based on your high schools’ relationship with La Trobe.

Pathways and entry programs for year 12 students

Priority school: Year 12 students attending schools that have a strong relationship with La Trobe University.

Priority campus: Year 12 students residing in geographical areas close to each of our campuses.

Regional school: Year 12 students attending schools in designated regional areas.

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Get a guaranteed place and scholarship to a regional campus

Regional Benefits Program

If you come from a regional school and scored an ATAR of 80 or higher, you could be guaranteed a place in your chosen course at La Trobe.

Gain guaranteed a place in your chosen course

Get a scholarship of up to $5,000 a year

Access opportunities and a supportive network

You will be eligible if you:

  • Come from a regional school with an ATAR of 80 or higher.
  • Study at La Trobe’s Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura or Shepparton campuses.

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Get additional consideration based on your elite athletic training and commitments

Elite athlete ATAR adjustment

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

Gain a five aggregate point adjustment factor applied towards your application to La Trobe.

You can apply for an ATAR adjustment of up to five aggregate points if you can:

  • demonstrate how your sporting commitments have impacted your previous studies and educational performance
  • provide a supporting statements from your secondary school and your coach or high performance or pathways manager

You'll still be required to meet the prerequisites and additional requirements of your preferred course and compete for a place on the basis of academic merit.

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Get special consideration based on educational disadvantage

Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS)

Apply for special consideration for those who have experienced some form of educational disadvantage.

Gain up to 20 aggregate point adjustment factor towards your application to La Trobe.

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

  • Personal information and location
  • Disadvantaged financial background
  • Disability or medical condition
  • Difficult circumstances

In addition to the application, some categories require you to include an impact statement and statement of support from a responsible person who can verify your claim.

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If you have questions or want help with exploring your study options, we’re help to help you make the best choice for your future.