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Choose the uni that will change your future. Swinburne gives you options. We have courses for every ATAR. And we’re here to help with advice on changing your VTAC preferences.

Swinburne Change of Preference Expo

Monday 18 December, 11am – 4pm
Hawthorn campus

An option for every ATAR

We believe that you can reach your goals no matter what ATAR you achieve.

Congratulations. If you achieved a higher ATAR than you expected, there are a few options you can consider.

If you're happy with your course preferences and achieved an ATAR equal to or above the Swinburne 2018 minimum ATAR for your preferred Swinburne course, it is a good indication that you will be offered a place for 2018 and you don't need to change your preferences.

Use our handy ATAR Calculator to help work out the scores you need.

If you have changed your mind (based on your ATAR), you can change your preference list by adding courses that you may not have considered before. This may include professional degrees or double degrees. Make sure you check for any additional entry requirements before adding a new course.

If you preference a Swinburne degree and achieve an ATAR of 95 or higher, you will automatically be offered a Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship and entry into the High Achievers Program.

Contact us for advice about your course options and preferences. You can:


Congratulations. If you achieved an ATAR equal to or above the Swinburne 2018 minimum ATAR for your preferred Swinburne course, this is a good indication that you will be offered a place for 2018 and you don't need to change your preferences.

Use our handy ATAR Calculator to help work out the scores you need.

Contact us for advice about your course options and preferences. You can:


Don't panic. If you don't get the ATAR you expected, it doesn't mean your education and career goals have to change. Swinburne offers options for every ATAR.

Use our handy ATAR Calculator to help work out the scores you need.

Consider courses that have similar outcomes to your preferred course; if your first preference is a professional degree (e.g. Bachelor of Business (Professional)), you might consider adding a general degree as your next preference (e.g. Bachelor of Business), which also provides access to a professional placement and you can achieve the same outcome.

Or, consider a course that can provide alternative entry – also known as a pathway – to your preferred course. You can progress to a related bachelor degree from a range of other courses, such as:

  • UniLink diplomas (minimum ATAR of 50)
  • associate degrees (minimum ATAR of 50)
  • advanced diplomas, diplomas or certificates (no minimum ATAR required)

Contact us for advice about your course options and preferences. You can:

Subject bonus

Swinburne will consider the subject bonus for all applicants whose ATAR is below the Clearly-in ATAR for a course on their preference list.

The amount of consideration granted will differ depending on the course. A range of criteria is considered for the subject bonus. These may include:

  • performance in specific studies, including those listed as prerequisites
  • portfolios
  • interviews

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Fast-track your future career

We understand it takes more than just qualifications to compete in today’s job market. We’ve been partnering with leading Australian organisations for more than 50 years, so we can provide opportunities for every student to undertake practical work placement.

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Take a different pathway

If you haven't nailed your VCE exams the way you were planning, you've still got plenty of options. There are other pathways you can take to study at Swinburne, including certificates, diplomas and UniLink diplomas.

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An experience like no other

We understand that high-performing students need the opportunity to excel in their field of interest. That’s why we created the High Achievers Program, which offers scholarship recipients a range of benefits.

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Turn knowIng into know-how

Don’t hesitate to get in touch for advice about your course options and preferences. You can:


Plenty. You can change your mind as often as you'd like during the Change of Preference period, and there's no cost, as long as you pay attention to the dates listed on the VTAC website.

The order of your preferences really counts, so make sure you put your dream course first. Be sure to also check if there are any additional requirements for all the courses you're preferencing. If it all feels a bit confusing, just come in for a chat with us at the Swinburne Change of Preference Expo.


We understand just how daunting the end of Year 12 can be. Don’t stress! You've got until 5pm on December 8 to apply for the courses you want. You'll need to make a very late application, which is going to sting you $134. Just check out the VTAC website for more info.


It’s simpler than you might think! VTAC uses your VCE results to calculate your ATAR based on:

  • your study score for English, English Language, Literature or English (EAL);
  • your next three highest permissible study scores; and
  • 10 per cent of your next two permissible study scores (if available).

If you completed Year 12 outside the state of Victoria, VTAC will automatically receive your results and ranks from the state in which you studied. All non-Victorian educational authorities (except Queensland) provide you with an ATAR.


A study score is a score between zero and 50 that shows how you performed in a particular VCE subject compared to other students in the same year. It is calculated from your results in assessments and exams in that subject. Study scores are often referred to in course prerequisites.


A Clearly-in ATAR is the ATAR most Year 12 applicants need to achieve to receive an offer for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) in a particular course.

At Swinburne, our ATAR calculator shows the minimum ATAR you need for a CSP to study one of our courses. Note that vocational qualifications, such as diplomas and certificates, do not have a minimum ATAR.

The ATARs listed are provided as a guide only for 2018 entry – additional selection criteria may apply to some courses. You should check the VTAC website for full entry requirements.


Some universities may consider factors in addition to your ATAR when making offers for courses. One of these factors is a subject bonus. This takes into consideration your completion of specific VCE subjects that may be listed as subject bonus consideration for that course, and also how well you did in the subject. Check the ‘additional considerations’ section of the course entry on the VTAC website for information about subject bonuses.

Note that subject bonuses will not alter your ATAR – it may only increase your chance of receiving an offer to study a particular course.


Stay calm, life doesn't have to be all about your study scores and first preferences. If you haven't nailed your exams the way you were planning, you've still got plenty of options.

There are other pathways you can take to study at Swinburne, including UniLink diplomas. Complete one of these successfully, and you can progress directly into the second year of a related bachelor degree.


Easy. If you preference a Swinburne degree and achieve an ATAR of 95 or higher, you will automatically be offered a Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship and entry into the High Achievers Program. Nice!

Other merit-based scholarships, such as the George Swinburne Scholarship and the STEM Scholarship, have a different application process. Search Swinburne scholarships for more information and to see a full list of scholarships available.