How it works
Step 1: Choose a course
While many Swinburne courses allow Early Entry, not all of them do. Browse the list of Early Entry Program eligible courses before getting started.
Step 2: Organise a recommendation
Speak to someone at your school about your interest in Swinburne's 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 3: Complete an application
Take your time with this step as there will be some important questions, like our next gen_now questionnaire, which you’ll need to answer as part of the assessment process.
Step 4: Submit your application
Once you’ve applied, you’ll then receive a confirmation email. This will include the form you’ll need to forward onto your school representative. Once they’ve completed that form, your school representative can then send it to us, and we’ll pair it with your application.
Step 5: Sit tight
You’ll hear from us regarding the outcome of your application.
Not every course at Swinburne is included in the Early Entry Program. Those included are courses where a school recommendation would be a reasonable alternative to selection via ATAR.
We’re unable to offer places in specialist courses like aviation and film and television because they are limited by specialist facilities and studio capacity, and with nursing and education courses, there are compulsory entry requirements set by external bodies.
See the full list of participating courses below. Their corresponding VTAC codes will be listed here once released.
IFP = International fee place
TBA = To be announced
N/A = Not applicable
You only need to apply once. Nominate the course that you would like to receive an early offer for in your application. If you change your mind about which course you’d like to do, you can make this change in your VTAC preferences. We’ll simply transfer your early offer across to the course that you’ve preferenced in VTAC.
If you are an international student and are completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (such as VCE, HSC or an equivalent curriculum from another state), you can apply for the Early Entry Program.
Unfortunately, unless you are studying an Australian Year 12 qualification, you aren’t eligible to apply to the Early Entry Program. However, you can always contact us to learn more about your options regarding applying for Swinburne’s standard Bachelor degrees.
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 you preference the Early Entry Program version of the course as your highest eligible preference on your VTAC application Otherwise, your non-ATAR early offer won’t be able to convert into a full VTAC early offer.
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 Early Entry Program, make sure to also preference the correct VTAC code.
No. The selection criteria is different from those applying for ATAR-entry into the course.
You may need to have more than one conversation about applying for the Early Entry Program. We recommend starting the conversation by speaking to a teacher or your career practitioner. 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.