Planning the next step in your education journey? Here’s everything you need to know about gaining entrance into university.
General admission requirements
If you meet the minimum entry requirements, you may be selected for one of our courses. However, meeting the minimum requirements doesn’t guarantee that you will be selected.
You may be offered a place once we have assessed:
- your formal academic qualifications and results
- if you meet any course prerequisites
- your compliance with English language requirements
- if you meet any legal or administrative requirements (see below)
- the availability of student places and learning resources.
For some courses, an assessment of your personal capabilities and aptitude is also made.
Visit our Course Search to find out about the specific criteria for entry into individual courses.
Minimum age requirement
Students must be at least 17 years old at the time their course begins to be eligible for entry into any Higher Education course. We may consider exceptions in some circumstances and will take into account your academic record and availability of appropriate support.
Access to internet
Online learning resources and materials are integral to teaching and learning activities and assessment tasks for our courses. All online students must have regular access to an internet-connected computer, capable of communicating with our online systems.
Informed choices statements provide information about essential physical and behavioural abilities, skills or acuities needed to perform assessment tasks and professional placements in a field of study and progress to a career in that field. This information is intended to assist you to decide if you can successfully participate in and complete a course.
We are an inclusive and welcoming environment for people living with a disability, medical condition, mental illness or primary carer responsibilities. Our AccessAbility advisers can provide information about services and reasonable adjustments that may be available to support you to achieve your goals.
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For undergraduate courses: associate degrees, bachelor degrees and honours (except education, law, information technology, honours in psychology and professional degree courses)
For undergraduate courses: education, information technology, law, honours in psychology and professional degrees
For postgraduate courses: Graduate Certificates
For postgraduate courses: Graduate Diplomas and Masters
Individual course admission criteria will identify where prerequisite study needs to have been undertaken within a certain time period.
Heads up! You may wish to consider applying for the Special Entry Access Scheme
When applying through VTAC, applicants that meet certain criteria are eligible for special consideration through the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS). This includes but is not limited to:
- recognition as Indigenous Australians
- studying at a school on Swinburne's under-represented school list
- found themselves in financial or unforeseen hardships during their Year 12 studies.
- first person in your family to be attending university
The qualifications of Australian applicants who completed secondary or tertiary study overseas are assessed for equivalence to course entry requirements, based on guidelines provided by International Education Online and UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre)
Check whether your overseas qualifications meet our academic and English language entry requirements via the international students page.
If you have previous Vocational Education and Training, we can use your results as a basis of admission to an undergraduate course.
We take into consideration how many units you have passed and whether you completed the course.
Even if it’s been a while since you were in TAFE or other VE studies (i.e. not within the past seven years), you will be considered for entry if you completed your VE qualification.
You’ll receive an offer if your study is assessed as meeting the admission requirements for your preferred Swinburne course. If you don’t meet the requirements, you'll be given an alternate course offer or pathway option.
Where course entry requirements include prerequisite subjects, you must present evidence of having successfully acquired the required knowledge and skills through current or previous studies. Individual course admission criteria will identify where that prerequisite study needs to have been undertaken within a certain time period.
You can also apply for academic credit on the basis of your VET results.
Learn more pathways from specific VET courses and entry requirements to degree-level courses on Swinburne’s Course Search.
You could be studying at a different university, then decide to switch to Swinburne. Your results from your previous university will be used to assess whether you can enter an undergraduate course.
We take into consideration your results and whether you completed the course:
- If your higher education study (either complete or incomplete) was undertaken in the last seven years, we will consider those results as a basis for admission
- If your results are from more than seven years ago and you did not complete your university degree, you will be considered for entry, but you may sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) (where STAT is included in specific course admission criteria)
- If you completed your course more than seven years ago, we will consider whether your results and qualifications are a suitable basis for entry to your chosen course.
Where course entry requirements include prerequisite subjects, you must present evidence of having successfully acquired the required knowledge and skills through current or previous studies.
Individual course admission criteria will identify where that prerequisite study needs to have been undertaken within a certain time period.
You can also apply for apply for academic credit on the basis of your previous Higher Education results. Use our academic credit calculator to see if you may be eligible to have academic credit applied to an undergraduate degree at Swinburne.
Find more information about pathways from other higher education courses and entry requirements to individual courses via Swinburne’s Course Search.
Some undergraduate courses accept applicants based on their relevant work and life experience – see Course search to further details. Applicants will be asked to provide a detailed Curriculum Vitae, position description/s of relevant current and past employment and letter/s of recommendation from employers.
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
For entry to some undergraduate courses, you may sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice.
To be eligible for admissions on the basis of the STAT, you must be:
- a Non-Year 12 applicant (i.e. you must not be a current (2022) or recent Year 12 student (or equivalent) within the last 2 years (i.e. 2020 or 2021), and
- at least 19 years old on 31st December in the year you commence your studies
Swinburne will consider your STAT results if you have:
- no prior or recent secondary school results (Year 12 or equivalent) or work experience that meet the entry requirements for the course, or
- no recent TAFE or university results (within the last 7 years) that could be considered for entry
Your scores from the STAT test will be used to determine your selection rank.
You must also meet any course prerequisites and additional entry requirements to receive an offer to a preferred course. Your STAT results may satisfy Maths prerequisites for most courses, except Engineering. STAT Written test results may satisfy English requirements (except Law, Psychology (Honours), Professional and Education courses).
Results from your STAT test are valid for two years.
If your previous provider defaults, the government’s Tuition Protection Service (TPS) may help you through the process.
If you commence study with Swinburne under a TPS arrangement, we will:
- assist you in your course selection
- assess credits for equivalent prior study
- notify the TPS Director in writing of your acceptance of an offer in the replacement course within 14 days.
We will not charge you for replacement components of the affected part of the original course for which tuition fees were previously paid.
We do not charge students for units that are credited based on prior study.