When thinking about your future, you’ll find yourself considering a number of options. You may be looking for an alternative path to your preferred course. Maybe you want to progress from a diploma to a degree? Perhaps you want to study overseas?

You may want to switch from another educational institution or even return to study from the workforce after taking a break.

Whatever your situation, if you meet our admission requirements we can help you with study pathways to suit your circumstances and lifestyle.

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You can also study at Swinburne as a PhD student and help make ground-breaking, internationally-recognised research that advances the world around us.

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Resources are available to assist Career Practitioners and international agents and partners.

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High school

Whether you finished high school at Year 10, 11 or 12, you can study at Swinburne. You can also study with us if you’re a homeschooled student or via the VETSS program. Choose your pathway:

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    Transition to university from VCE

    Have you recently finished Year 12? Maybe you’re a Year 10 or 11 student and you’re considering your options? Want to know more about admission requirements? We’ve got you covered.

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    Homeschooled students

    If you’re one of the 20,000 homeschooled students in Australia and looking to further your education at a tertiary level, Swinburne is a university that accepts homeschooled students.

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    Vocational Education and Training at Swinburne

    VET (Vocational Education and Training) is made up of practical and hands-on TAFE courses to help turn your passion into a career.

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    Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students

    Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students (VDSS) allows students enrolled in Year 10, 11 and 12 to complete VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) or VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM) while undertaking vocational studies.

Did you know you could study some courses for low-fee or free in 2023?

You could have some or all your tuition fees covered in 2023 thanks to government initiative Free TAFE for Priority Courses.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses is available if you are under 20 years old, or enrolling in a course at a higher level than you have completed before.

If you don't tick either of these boxes, you could still have a chance! There are other factors too. The best way to find out if you’re eligible is to apply.

Previous study

You can study with us at Swinburne if you’ve completed previous study at a tertiary level (including TAFE and VE). Choose from the following pathways: 

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    Pathways to university

    You do not need to have a specific academic history or perfectly linear plan to pursue a certain course or career. There are alternative pathways to get into a bachelor degree – you might just need a little help finding these options.

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    Direct entry into university

    Whether you want to study VE, undergraduate or postgraduate programs at Swinburne, we offer a variety of courses and pathways that are designed with your future in mind.

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    Transferring to Swinburne

    Receive credit for units completed in other courses at other institutions. Check out our credit calculator to see how much credit you may be awarded.

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    Special Tertiary Admissions Test

    There are many university pathways, depending on your specific circumstances. The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is a quick option that can fast-track your progress and set you up for a fulfilling career. 

Interested in honours to postgraduate study?

Many undergraduate degrees at Swinburne offer an additional specialised honours (fourth) year. An honours year allows you to take your undergraduate studies to a more advanced level. It involves a substantial original piece of research, presented as a thesis, and is a point of entry into postgraduate research studies.

Explore our honours courses
  • Indigenous students

    Studying at a tertiary level can represent a big jump in your academic journey. At Swinburne, we offer a range of academic support services to help you get the most out of your university experience and achieve your academic goals. 

Work experience

We recognise the skills you’ve acquired through relevant work experience or prior learning. Advance your learning and achieve your academic goals at Swinburne. Choose from the three options: 

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    Recognition of prior learning in the workplace

    Find out how to gain recognition for prior learning through relevant work experience that is formally recognised when commencing a degree or vocational education course at Swinburne.

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    Experienced assessment pathways

    Discover how to skip studying and obtain a qualification with knowledge and skills you already have. Gain recognition for your expertise, boost your CV and land that promotion.

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    Returning to study

    If you want to retrain for a promotion or career change, we understand the challenges you may face when you come back to uni and return to study. That’s why we offer additional services for non-school leavers that can make your study life easier.

  • Short courses

    Increase your career prospects through our professional development courses in business, leadership, computing, personal effectiveness, health, safety, trades that are designed to build skills that are immediately applicable in the workplace.

There's still time to apply for Semester 2

Whether it's business, health, or design you're interested in, TAFE, undergrad or postgrad – Semester 2 classes start on Monday 29 July.

See steps for applying, frequently asked questions, and key dates and deadlines.

Study as a PhD student

We offer a range of research degrees that enable you to advance your investigative skills in your chosen field. Study as a PhD at Swinburne and contribute to our internationally-recognised research that helps shape the world around us.

Studying overseas

Currently at Swinburne and want to see the world? Maybe you want to experience studying in Australia? Study overseas and gain credit for your studies back home.

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    Swinburne study abroad

    Studying abroad gives you the chance to challenge yourself, explore new cultures and make memories that last a lifetime. What are you waiting for?

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    Study Abroad in Melbourne

    Study in Melbourne, Australia and experience the unique and vibrant student lifestyle this cosmopolitan city has to offer — all while gaining credit for your studies back home. 

Help students plan their academic journey

Are you a Career Practitioner or an international agent or partner? We have the resources available to enable you to assist students in planning their academic journeys here at Swinburne.

Want to speak to someone in person?

Many of our courses can provide pathways to uni that allow you to move through qualification levels, with completed study considered as an entry requirement to your next qualification. Book a one-on-one appointment to get help with your application to study at Swinburne.

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