Admissions Information

1. About Eastern College Australia

Eastern College Australia currently delivers courses at its Mulgrave Campus and online as well as delivering classes for its Master of Transformational Development course in Malaysia and Egypt. From January 2018, Eastern College will be co-located with Melbourne School of Theology as a result of a cooperative partnership between the two colleges.

Campus Address (Physical and Mail) Email  Phone  Fax
Mulgrave

(until December 2017)
44-60 Jacksons Rd, Mulgrave Vic 3170 info@eastern.edu.au +61 3 9790 9200 +61 3 9790 9299
Wantirna

(from January 2018)
5 Burwood Highway, 
Wantirna VIC 
info@eastern.edu.au +61 3 9790 9200 >+61 3 9790 9299

Information about Open Days is on our Open Day page. Visits to the College are welcome at any time. Please contact the Registrar (registrar@eastern.edu.au) to organise a visit.

New student intakes take place in February and July each year. Applications should be received as early as possible, and will not be accepted after the closing dates.

2. Admission Criteria

A. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

Australian Year 12 students

All applicants apply directly to the College and are assessed on the evidence of a completion of year 12 studies and/or ATAR score.

ATAR-related adjustments

The College does not currently have any ATAR-related adjustments for courses requiring an ATAR. This is to be reviewed for the 2019 intake.

Criteria that may apply in addition to ATAR

Applicants on this pathway are required to comply with the General Entry Requirements for all Courses in the Students Admissions Policy which include the requirement for an interview and endorsement from a confidential character referee, written on a Confidential Character Reference Form supplied by the College.

Other admission options

Where a course expects a minimum ATAR and the applicant is able to provide documentary evidence from the school or a medical practitioner of circumstances beyond their control that impacted their secondary studies the college will consider exceptional admissions.

Interstate Year 12

Students from interstate will be assessed on equivalent requirements.

B. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants who have successfully completed VET study are assessed on the recency of the studies and a demonstrated capacity to study at the relevant level. Applicants in this category are required to comply with the General Entry Requirements for all Courses in the Students Admissions Policy.

Applicants who have completed previous studies relevant to the course may wish to apply for transfer of credit or recognition of prior learning by completing the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)/Transfer of Credit Application form. Details of the process can be found in the Credit Transfer Policy.

C. Applicants with higher education study

Applicants who have successfully completed higher education study are assessed on the recency of the studies (less than ten years) and a demonstrated capacity to study at the relevant level. Applicants in this category are required to comply with the General Entry Requirements for all Courses in the Students Admissions Policy.

Applicants who have completed previous studies relevant to the course may wish to apply for transfer of credit or recognition of prior learning by completing the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)/Transfer of Credit Application form. Details of the process can be found in the Credit Transfer Policy.

D. Applicants with work and life experience 

Applicants with work and life experience are assessed on the relevance of the work and life experience to the course they are applying for but particularly on a demonstrated capacity to study at the level required. All applicants who enter through this pathway must comply with the General Entry Requirements for all Courses in the Students Admissions Policy and course specific entry requirements.

Finished secondary education more than two years ago

Applicants who have finished secondary education more than two years ago are assessed on the ATAR received if one was received, or for most undergraduate courses being over 21 years of age. There must be a demonstrated capacity to study at the relevant level. Prospective students in this category are required to comply with the General Entry Requirements for all Courses in the Students Admissions Policy and course specific entry requirements.

Bridging and enabling course entry

Applicants who have completed bridging courses such as English for Academic Purposes are assessed on a demonstrated capacity to study at the relevant level. Prospective students in this category are required to comply with the General Entry Requirements for all Courses in the Students Admissions Policy and course specific entry requirements.

3. Additional information

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Eastern College Australia encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply though there are no specific application processes for this group of people.

Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications

Domestic applicants such as Australian citizens or permanent residents with overseas qualifications will have their qualifications examined according to the English Proficiency Policy or by the College confirming the equivalency of any awarded Academic credential from outside Australia with the qualifications of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) using the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEINOOSR) Country Education Profile (CEP) register.

English language proficiency

For studies at Eastern College Australia, prospective students will be deemed to have sufficient English proficiency if:

  • They were born in one of the following countries and have completed at least one qualification (secondary or tertiary) in one of those countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English
    • American Samoa; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; USA; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
  • They were not born in one of the following countries but have completed senior secondary study or at least one year of full-time university study in one of these countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English:
    • American Samoa; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; USA; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
  • They have successfully completed a senior secondary qualification, a post secondary Diploma qualification of at least two years, an undergraduate program of three years or more, or a postgraduate program of two years or more FT or more, undertaken in a non-English speaking country provided the study:
    • was completed in an institution which is listed in the International Handbook of Universities, World Higher Education Database, UK Naric Database or AEI NOOSR guides or an institution accredited through one of ICETE’s registered accrediting bodies and is confirmed by the institution as having been conducted and examined solely in the English language.
  • They have attained results as listed in one of the following qualifications:

    Test Minimum Results
    IELTS Academic 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
    TOEFL (Paper based) 550+ Test of Writing English 4
    TOEFL (Internet) 76+ Writing 18
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) 57 No communicative score below 50
    Cambridge English Advanced 54 No less than Borderline in writing

Specific requirements for each course are published on the course page.

4. How to apply

To apply register and then complete the online application form at https://apply.eastern.edu.au

The Application form asks the following::

  1. Personal Details
  2. Course Details
  3. Addresses
  4. Previous Study (High School and/or Tertiary)
  5. Government Requested Statistical Data (this section does not affect your admission)
  6. Referee Details
  7. Agreements

Each applicant will be interviewed by an Academic Staff Member in person, by phone or over the internet. Each application is reviewed by the Registrar and a Course Coordinator to ensure that the entry requirements for the chosen course have been met. Depending on how quickly confidential referee forms are completed by the referees this can take as little as a week or over a month. Upon acceptance into the course, the applicant will be notified via email and provided with enrolment information to select units to study in the upcoming semester.

After enrolment, student progress is carefully monitored.  Applicants should note that a limited number of units are available online. We recommend that you contact the College to discuss options if considering taking online units. If you have questions regarding a course we encourage you to discuss your study options with the College before applying for entry into a particular course. College staff are always pleased to assist individuals in this process.

5. Enrolment

6. Student and campus services

Support services provided by the College are detailed on the student support page. In brief, the college provides:

  • Career advice through a course advisor
  • Chaplaincy
  • Learning assistance
  • Library
  • Limited computing facilities
  • Student Representative Council
  • Support for students with disabilities

7. Financial Assistance

The financial assistance available to students is as follows:

  • Youth and student allowances are available for all undergraduate and graduate courses, the federal government is currently reviewing eligibility for student allowances to all Master level courses
  • Eastern College Australia is registered for FEE-HELP for all Higher Education courses and a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places which use HECS-HELP for our Initial Teacher Education courses.
  • Scholarships are offered for specific courses at varying times. Check the website for any current scholarships.

8. Student Profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the institution. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available, including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses, and international students studying in Australia.

Applicant Background Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Past higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
15 34.9
(B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study L/N N/P
(C) Recent Secondary Education Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
L/N N/P
Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
L/N N/P
Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) L/N N/P
(D) Work or Life Experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
22 51.2
International Students L/N N/P
All Students 43 100%
Notes:
  • L/N - Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.
  • N/A - Data not available for this item.
  • N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

9. Where to get further information