- VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 20 in any English or English as an Additional Language (EAL) or equivalent.
Please note that applicants with a study score of 20–24 in EAL will be required to complete Swinburne's free Skills Plus program as part of their studies.
Evidence of English proficiency is necessary for students wishing to undertake further studies at Swinburne after their English language course.
IELTS or equivalent
Level Approximate entry-level
Advanced (EAP) IELTS 5.5 - 6.0 or equivalent
Upper-intermediate (EAP IELTS 5.5 or equivalent
Intermediate IELTS 5.0 or equivalent
Pre-intermediate IELTS 4.5 or equivalent
Elementary IELTS 3.5 or equivalent
English placement test
Swinburne reserves the right to conduct a placement test on arrival (or in the first week of your study) to assess all students' level of English. This may affect the duration of your English course if the result shows you need more or fewer weeks than originally offered. This may, in turn, affect timely entry into future courses.
The test measures all skills and will take approximately 1 hour to complete. Based on your results, we will recommend the number of weeks you will need to complete to enter into your chosen course.