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Explore your options into La Trobe University

Through our pathways and entry schemes, we can reduce your reliance on your ATAR – or remove the need for it entirely. Explore the pathways programs below or use our pathway tool to discover how to get into your dream course.

Option 1: Include university subjects in your school studies

Study free micro-subjects online and use your average mark to enter your dream course

Benefits of Prepare for 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.

Am I eligible?

  • available to all current Year 11 and 12 students, including ungraded VCE, HSC, IB and VCAL students
  • only for Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents.

Requirements

  • Year 11 and/or Year 12 (including unscored), HSC or IB students need to complete three micro-subjects
  • VCAL (Intermediate and/or Senior) students need to complete six micro-subjects
  • if your Year 12 studies don’t include an English or literacy subject, we may advise you to complete more micro-subjects to meet this requirement.

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Achieve at La Trobe

You can 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.

  • 100% free and online
  • get reduced first year study load
  • these extra subjects won’t contribute to your ATAR.

Achieve Plus

Choose two subjects, one in each semester, and we’ll use your marks from those subjects, or your ATAR.

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

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Prepare Accelerate

Did you know you can study a summer program for Semester 1, 2022 university entry? We’ll use your average grade to calculate a La Trobe Entrance Score. This helps you meet the English subject prerequisites and admission to Diploma and Bachelor’s courses.

  • 100% free and online
  • no minimum ATAR required.

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Option 2: Do another course first and transfer

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.

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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.

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Benefits of TAFE or VET

  • you can study an Undergraduate Certificate at TAFE or VET, and then transfer to a range of Bachelor's degrees
  • by getting two qualifications you’ll be boosting your resume and employability by showing potential employers that you have experience in practical learning (TAFE or VET) and theoretical learning (La Trobe University)
  • accelerate your completion date through credit
  • 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
  • through our regional partners, we’re able to offer conditional offers to students.

Am I eligible?

Check with our partner institutions on how to apply for the VET component of your chosen pathway. You'll usually complete this process via VTAC.

Requirements

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

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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.

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Benefits of Prepare Accelerate

  • 100% free and online
  • no minimum ATAR required
  • study a summer program for Semester 1, 2022 university entry – we’ll use your average grade to calculate a La Trobe Entrance Score. This helps you meet the English subject prerequisites and admission to Diploma and Bachelor’s courses.

Am I eligible?

  • you must be eligible to receive the VCE or HSC, in 2020 or 2021 – Prepare Accelerate is not open to VCAL completers
  • you must be an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • applications are now open, and close on Sunday 19 December

Requirements

  • study a summer program for Semester 1, 2022 university entry – we’ll use your average grade to calculate a La Trobe Entrance Score. This helps you meet the English subject prerequisites and admission to Diploma and Bachelor’s courses.
  • you need to complete three micro-subjects across January and early February, taught entirely online.

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Option 3: Build upon your existing credentials

Benefits of our Aspire Early Admissions Program

We reward your involvement in community, leadership and volunteering with an early conditional offer into your chosen course at La Trobe. This means you’ll know if you have a place at university in September, or even earlier.

Am I eligible?

  • if you’re a Year 12 or non-Year 12 student, you need to be currently volunteering or holding a leadership role in your community, or have done so in past years. Even if you’ve stopped volunteering to focus on your Year 12 studies, you’re still eligible.

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.
  • if you’re an Indigenous student and you’re passionate about supporting your community, you’re eligible for our I-Aspire Program – Learn more about I-Aspire
  • you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or Australian permanent resident.

Requirements

  • apply to La Trobe’s Aspire Early Admissions Program
  • apply to VTAC/UAC.

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Benefits of the Priority Access Program

  • you’re automatically rewarded with bonus points (adjustment factors) for entry into our undergraduate courses
  • you may be awarded multiple adjustment factors under more than one category, with a maximum of 15 aggregate points awarded through the program.

Am I eligible?

  • 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 our campuses
  • regional school: Year 12 students attending schools in designated regional areas.

Requirements

When you list a La Trobe course as one of your preferences through VTAC or UAC, there’s no need to apply for the Priority Access Program separately.

Want to discover more about the application?

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Benefits of Regional Benefits Program

  • guaranteed place in your chosen course offered at our Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura or Shepparton campuses
  • scholarship of up to $5000 per year
  • membership to the La Trobe Student Excellence Academy, which recognises and rewards diverse forms of excellence and nurtures the next generation of leaders
  • workshops and seminars that prepare you to be a leader in your field
  • guaranteed Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunity
  • receive a grant to study overseas
  • fast-track your success with all the opportunities that come your way.

Am I eligible?

You’re eligible if you:

  • have completed Years 11 and 12 at a school in an area classified by the Australian Statistical Geographic Standard – Remoteness Areas (ASGS-RA) (2016) as RA2 to RA5 in the last 2 years and have not attempted any further study
  • scored an ATAR of 80 or higher (85 for physio and dentistry), not including adjustment factors
  • meet all the subject prerequisites and enrol at one of La Trobe’s regional campuses
  • apply for your course through VTAC or UAC.

Requirements

Applicants must apply through VTAC or UAC and meet eligibility requirements. Guaranteed places are subject to meeting all course requirements, and availability of places. Some courses have limited places. Offers for the Regional Benefits Program in those instances are guaranteed for November and January round offers only.

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Benefits of the Elite Athlete Program

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

Am I eligible?

The scheme is only 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.

Requirements

  • check applications are open on the LEAP website
  • ensure you’re eligible (you need to be competing on a national level and be endorsed by the Australian Sports Commission)
  • fill out the form on the LEAP website and attach all supporting documents
  • you’ll be advised of your acceptance into the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program (LEAP) via email.

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Benefits of Special Entry Access Schemes

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.

You can get adjustment factor aggregate points from 5 to 15.

Am I eligible?

Category 1: Personal information and location

  • recognition as an Indigenous Australian
  • your residential home address for the three years prior to application is listed under low SES postcodes (please consult VTAC to check if your address is on the list)
  • non-English speaking background
  • if you are the first in your immediate family to attend university.

Category 2: Disadvantaged financial background

A sliding scale of aggregate bonuses will be given according to whether the disadvantage is severe, moderate or slight.

Category 3: Disability or medical condition

Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage due to any learning, physical, sensory or psychiatric medical condition, illness or disability. A sliding scale of aggregate increases will be given according to whether the condition is severe, moderate or slight (see Schedule 1).

Category 4: Difficult circumstances

  • applicants who have been prevented from reaching their educational potential because of family or life circumstances
  • care leavers who have spent time in out-of-home care, including foster care, residential care, kinship care and/or having been a ward of the state
  • people from a refugee background.

Requirements

  • if you're applying through VTAC, complete a SEAS application as a part of your online application
  • if you’re applying through UAC, please visit the Educational Access Schemes website
  • if you’re applying via Direct Entry, complete a SEAS application as a part of your online application.

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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.

Benefits of RISE
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.

Am I eligible?
If you’re an Indigenous Australian student currently in Year 11 or 12 VCE, or a mature age student, you’re eligible for the RISE program. It’s 100% free and online.

Requirements
To complete the RISE program, you need to successfully complete one of the following programs:

  • Prepare for La Trobe
  • Achieve and Achieve Plus at La Trobe
  • Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP).

To help you complete one of these options, we’ll give you access to individual and group private tuition.

Learn more about RISE
Use our pathway tool

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