University Pathways

Is university on your radar?  Why not start your degree with us and be job ready before university! You can start your studies with us via a diploma course which can lead to further study, helping you and land you your dream job, or you can gain credit towards a university degree.

SWTAFE pathways are available in a range of study areas, meeting the needs of many courses and career directions.

Why choose a TAFE pathway?

  • benefit from having not one, but two qualifications
  • gain credits to reduce the number of units you need to complete in order to obtain your university degree
  • save you both time and money through gaining credits
  • you can start working in the industry (after your TAFE course) while completing university
  • boost future employment and career opportunities

Pathway to Deakin University

The South West TAFE and Deakin University partnership recognises the importance of local education. It enables you to continue your studies in the region, staying where you have your support, and gaining local insight.This partnership provides our Diploma and Advanced Diploma students with a pathway to reach their dream career.

Those who graduate from selected courses at SWTAFE will be given the opportunity to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (credits) for a selected Deakin University course. There are also guaranteed entry options for some pathways (providing that you successfully complete your course and thus meet Deakin's academic and English entry requirements, that there are vacancies in the course).

You may receive credits when you study a Diploma or Advanced Diploma course at SWTAFE in the following fields:

Further information:

In addition to our arrangements with Deakin University, students may be able to apply for credit for prior learning with other universities and TAFEs to achieve their chosen pathway.