What is the Early Entry Program?

Because we don’t think a singular score or the state of the world should derail your life plans, we announced the first ever Swinburne Early Entry Program in 2020 – an initiative that saw hundreds of Year 12 students admitted into the course of their choice, no ATAR required. 

In 2021, we invited students to apply once again; making conditional offers into select courses based on an application and a recommendation from their school. 

Applications for the 2022 Early Entry Program are now closed

If you missed the deadline to apply, and feel that your end of year results may not grant you entry into the course of your choice, we recommend exploring one of the many alternative pathways into Swinburne

How it works

Step 1: Organise a recommendation

Speak to someone at your school about your interest in the Swinburne Early Entry Program. If you’re able to organise a recommendation from a school representative – someone like your school’s principal, your year level coordinator, or a career practitioner – you can then proceed with an application.  

Step 2: Complete an application

Take some time to do this as there will be some important questions you’ll need to answer as part of the assessment process.  

Step 3: Submit your application

Once you’ve applied, you’ll then receive a confirmation email which will include the form you’ll need to forward onto your school representative. Once they’ve completed that form, they will send it on to us, and we’ll pair it with your application.

Step 4: Wait to hear from us

You will hear from us regarding the outcome of your application in October. Places are limited, so don’t worry if you don’t receive a conditional offer – there are still plenty of places and pathways into uni, available through ATAR entry and via our UniLink programs. 

Eligible courses

Because there are limited places, not every course at Swinburne is included in the Early Entry Program. We've included only those courses where a school recommendation would be a reasonable alternative to selection via ATAR. Places in specialist courses like aviation and film and television are limited by specialist facilities and studio capacity, while nursing and education courses have compulsory entry requirements set by external bodies.

For the full list of 2022 participating courses, and their VTAC codes, see here.  

Bachelor of Accounting VTAC code:
 3400211771 (CSP); 3400211773 (IFP)

Bachelor of Animation VTAC code: 3400211781 (CSP); 3400211783 (IFP)

Bachelor of Arts VTAC code:
 3400211791 (CSP); 3400211793 (IFP)

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business VTAC code:
 3400211801 (CSP); 3400211803 (IFP)

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science VTAC code:
 3400211811 (CSP); 3400211813 (IFP)

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Psychological Sciences VTAC code:
 3400212471 (CSP); IFP: N/A

Bachelor of Aviation Management VTAC code:
 3400211821 (CSP); 3400211823 (IFP)

Bachelor of Aviation Management/Bachelor of Business VTAC code:
 3400211831 (CSP); 3400211833 (IFP)

Bachelor of Business VTAC code:
 3400211841 (CSP); 3400211843 (IFP)

Bachelor of Business Information Systems VTAC code:
 3400211851 (CSP); 3400211853 (IFP)

Bachelor of Business Information Systems/Bachelor of Business​ VTAC code:
 3400211861 (CSP); 3400211863 (IFP)

Bachelor of Computer Science​ VTAC code:
 3400211871 (CSP); 3400211873 (IFP)

Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology​ VTAC code:
 3400211881 (CSP); 3400211883 (IFP)

Bachelor of Design VTAC code:
 3400211891 (CSP); 3400211893 (IFP)

Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Business VTAC code:
 3400212191 (CSP); 3400212193 (IFP)

Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Media and Communications VTAC code:
 3400211901 (CSP); 3400211903 (IFP)

Bachelor of Digital Construction Management VTAC code:
 3400212481 (CSP); IFP: N/A

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) VTAC code:
 3400211921 (CSP); 3400211923 (IFP)

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Business​ VTAC code:
 3400211931 (CSP); 3400211933 (IFP)

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Computer Science​ VTAC code:
 3400211941 (CSP); 3400211943 (IFP)

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Science​ VTAC code:
 3400211951 (CSP); 3400211953 (IFP)

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science​ VTAC code:
 3400211961 (CSP); 3400211963 (IFP)

Bachelor of Games and Interactivity​ VTAC code:
 3400211971 (CSP); 3400211973 (IFP)

Bachelor of Games and Interactivity/Bachelor of Animation​ VTAC code:
 3400211981 (CSP); 3400211983 (IFP)

Bachelor of Games and Interactivity/Bachelor of Computer Science​ VTAC code:
 3400211991 (CSP); 3400211993 (IFP)

Bachelor of Health Science​ VTAC code:
 3400212001 (CSP); 3400212003 (IFP)

Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Media and Communication​ VTAC code:
 3400212011 (CSP); 3400212013 (IFP)

Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Arts VTAC code:
 3400212021 (CSP); 3400212023 (IFP)

Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Business​ VTAC code:
 3400212201 (CSP); 3400212203 (IFP)

Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Science​​ VTAC code:
 3400212031 (CSP); 3400212033 (IFP)

Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology​​ VTAC code:
 3400212041 (CSP); 3400212043 (IFP)

Bachelor of Media and Communication​​ VTAC code:
 3400212051 (CSP); 3400212053 (IFP)

Bachelor of Media and Communication/Bachelor of Business​​ VTAC code:
 3400212061 (CSP); 3400212063 (IFP)

Bachelor of Psychological Sciences VTAC code:
 3400212071 (CSP); 3400212073 (IFP)

Bachelor of Psychological Sciences/Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology VTAC code:
 3400212081 (CSP); 3400212083 (IFP)

Bachelor of Science VTAC code:
 3400212091 (CSP); 3400212093 (IFP)

Bachelor of Screen Production VTAC code:
 3400212101 (CSP); 3400212103 (IFP)

Bachelor of Accounting and Business Information Technology (Professional) First Year VTAC code:
 3400212361 (CSP); IFP N/A

Bachelor of Arts (Professional) First Year VTAC code:
 3400212371 (CSP); 3400212373 (IFP)

Bachelor of Business (Professional) First Year VTAC code:
 3400212381 (CSP); 3400212383 (IFP)

Bachelor of Business Information Technology (Professional) First Year VTAC code:
 3400212391 (CSP); IFP N/A

Bachelor of Computer Science (Professional) First Year VTAC code:
 3400212401 (CSP); 3400212403 (IFP)

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Professional) First Year VTAC code:
 3400212411 (CSP); 3400212413 (IFP)

Bachelor of Health Science (Professional) First Year VTAC code:
 3400212421 (CSP); 3400212423 (IFP)

Bachelor of Media and Communications (Professional) First Year VTAC code:
 3400212431 (CSP); 3400212433 (IFP)

Bachelor of Science (Professional) First Year VTAC code:
 3400212441 (CSP); 3400212443 (IFP)


The Early Entry Program was devised last year as a way to alleviate pressure Year 12s were experiencing due to the pandemic.

This year, however, we’re inviting you to apply if you feel that your goals and actions are more indicative than your ATAR, of the type of student you’ll be.

We encourage you to apply for the 2022 Early Entry Program if you feel that your ATAR, or your Year 12 academic results, do not speak to who you are and what you’re capable of as a uni student. We’re especially encouraging those students who feel they are part of the next gen of innovators, creatives, thinkers, and doers to apply. 

Just one. Early offers are limited to one per student, so we recommend that you choose the Swinburne course that you would put as your highest VTAC preference. If there are other courses that you’re interested in, you should consider standard ATAR-entry for these options.

If you are an international student and are completing Year 12 VCE, HSC or equivalent, you can apply for the 2022 Early Entry Program.

Yes, you can.

Yes, you can. You’ll just need to complete VCE and achieve a score of 30 in EAL.

You can choose to organise a recommendation from your school principal or principal’s delegate, a Year 12 or VCE coordinator, a career practitioner or equivalent.

Yes. It is essential that the course you’ve applied for via the 2022 Early Entry Program is your first preference – or highest eligible preference – on your VTAC application.

If you’re aiming for the Guaranteed Entry ATAR for your course, then we certainly recommend including it on your preference list. However, if you’re planning on entering via the 2022 Early Entry Program, make sure to also preference the correct VTAC code.

No. The number of places available via the Early Entry Program is strictly limited and the selection criteria is different from those applying for ATAR-entry into the course.

Yes. This is because you’ll still need to meet the existing course prerequisites, like a study score of 25 in any English. If you’re planning on completing an unscored VCE, we recommend exploring our diploma and certificate pathways for entering Swinburne.

A Professional Degree is like a regular degree, but with 12 months of full-time paid work experience built into it. Once you’ve completed the required units of a Professional Degree, you’ll then apply for a placement, and complete your studies by working – giving you a foot in the door of your chosen industry, and lifelong invaluable connections. 

Professional Degrees are often longer than standard degrees, so make sure check the course page before applying.

You may need to have more than one conversation with your school about applying for the Early Entry Program. We recommend starting the conversation by speaking to a teacher or your career practitioner. Listen to their feedback and if they’re unsure about you jumping into a bachelor degree, we recommend that you heed their advice. If you’re unable to organise a recommendation, we suggest considering another pathway into Swinburne, like UniLink or special consideration.

No. We do not record entry pathways on transcripts. You’ll be studying the same course as those who entered via their ATAR.

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