Learn the foundational skills required for entry into the ICT industry. When you specialise in programming, you’ll gain skills in software analysis and design, database design and project management to effectively develop mobile, web, desktop, cloud-based applications, and program IoT devices.

Graduates will be able to apply their skills in professional settings or pursue further study with a degree.

Intake cancelled

The February 2024 intake for this course has been cancelled. The next available intake is February 2025. If you'd like to know more get in touch with us today.

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training

Skills you’ll learn

  • Agile software development methodology
  • Code reviews
  • Sprint planning
  • Retrospectives
  • Integrating a database to a website
  • Develop an application that solves a business problem for a real-world client

Your career opportunities

  • Software Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Data Engineer
  • DevOps Engineer

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International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

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There are no entry requirements, however we would recommend you have the skills and knowledge in.

  • Knowledge of creating applications using C#, ASP.Net Core
  • Developing web apps in Angular, Typescript, SCSS, JSON
  • Object-Oriented Design, UML, Enterprise Architect
  • Using MS SQL-Server, T-SQL, Stored functions and procedures
  • Testing – Unit, Integration, User Acceptance
  • Codebase management – Git, Forking, Branching
  • Good communication skills – Report Writing, Meeting minutes, Presentations, Requirements Gathering, Slack, MS Teams, Etiquette
  • Basic cloud deployments – AWS, Azure
  • Team based problem solving

or attainment of

  • ICT40518 Certificate IV in Programming
  • ICT40120 Certificate IV in Information Technology (Programming)
  • ICT40118 Certificate IV in Information Technology - with programming electives

Applicants without a solid grounding in information technology, may wish to consider the Certificate IV in Information Technology (Programming) to gain the foundational skills.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

Total of 20 units, comprising 6 core units, plus 14 elective units.

Elective units
Course hours are estimated and may change based on study mode, unit choice, credits, or enrolment adjustments, total indicative nominal hours: 1090

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Originate and develop concepts
Core unit
Promote workplace cyber security awareness and best practices
Core unit
Lead and facilitate a team
Core unit, 50.0 credit points
Match ICT needs with the strategic direction of the organisation
Core unit, 50.0 credit points
Apply IP, ethics and privacy in ICT environments
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
Manage client problems
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
Elective units
Build a database
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points
Design databases
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
Integrate databases with websites
Elective unit, 25.0 credit points
Organise and lead agile projects
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Program IoT devices
Elective unit, 70.0 credit points
Manage ICT projects
Elective unit, 80.0 credit points
Apply introductory object-oriented language skills
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Apply intermediate object-oriented language skills
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Model data processes
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points
Create and style simple markup language documents
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
Apply structured query language in relational databases
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Build dynamic websites
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Create web-based programs
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Customise complex ICT content management systems
Elective unit, 80.0 credit points

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)


Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)


2024 fees

Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for VET student loans (VSL)

If you apply for a VET Student Loan, Swinburne must first verify your identity. If you are eligible, we will provide your enrolment information to the government so you can complete the application within their eCAF system.

The VET Student Loan amount for this course is capped. You must start repaying this loan once you earn above the compulsory repayment threshold.

Concessions rates for vocational students

Concession rates for Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs are also available if you self-identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and qualify for a government-subsidised training place under the Indigenous Completions Initiative.

The eligibility criteria are set by the Victorian Government and assessed by Swinburne in accordance with government directives, which are subject to change at any time.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

From 1 January 2024, all Diploma level and above courses will contribute to the Student Services and Amenities fee. Below is the capped amount for 2023 as a guide ahead of fees for 2024 being announced.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.


Scholarship applications for 2024 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

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Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

Apply through VTAC

International students currently studying Year 12 in Australia must apply through VTAC. VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria. 

VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria.

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