Welcome to the Year 11 & 12 Hub. Here you’ll find everything from events for students and parents to exam prep, important dates and deadlines, explainers, VTAC preferences help, application help, and more.

How do we stack up?

Put Swinburne to the test
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We’re a uni; all year round we test students. But when you’re deciding where you’d like to study, that’s when you get to ask the questions. What does Swinburne do best? How do we stack up against the competition? Why would you preference us #1?

So; want to put us to the test?

  • Application and course consultations

    Not sure which course is right for you? No stress. Book a one-on-one appointment with a course adviser for help with your application or advice on your study options.

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    Campus tours

    Book a tour of our leafy Hawthorn campus led by a Swinburne Student Ambassador to discover our study spaces and community hubs, and get a feel for life as a Swinburne student.

Preferencing Swinburne

If you’ve chosen your course and are ready to preference Swinburne, you can head to VTAC now to begin. 

Timely VTAC applications open 9am Monday 1 August and close 5pm Thursday 29 September. 

Preference Swinburne

Where could your ATAR take you?

Want to know where your Year 12 results could take you? Just enter the score you’re aiming for – or thereabouts – and the ATAR Evaluator will show the Swinburne courses available to you.

Don’t forget, Swinburne provides alternative pathways into bachelor degrees, so if you don’t achieve the ATAR you were hoping for, don’t fret! There’s more than one way into your dream course. 

Try it

VTAC key dates and deadlines

Key periods Dates and deadlines
Timely application period Monday 1 August – Thursday 29 September
Late applications Thursday 29 September – Friday 4 November 
Very late lodgment of  VTAC applications Friday 4 November – Friday 2 December 
Exams October through November
VCE results and ATAR release Monday 12 December (or Tuesday 3 January for International Baccalaureate students)
Change of Preference Monday 1 August – 14 December (VIC) or Thursday 15 December (ACT, NSW, and TAS)
Domestic VTAC offer round 1 21 December

To see the full list of 2022-23 SEAS and scholarship deadlines, Change of Preference dates, and more, see the VTAC website.

Getting into uni with your results

Since the very early days, Swinburne has offered alternate routes into uni and found ways to connect students to their chosen course, no matter the circumstances. Because we feel that a university education should be accessible for all. 

Between our unscored VCE options, Early Entry Program, and various pathways into uni, your Year 12 results shouldn’t dictate your ability to pursue your dream career.

Choosing to complete VCE unscored means completing your subjects and studies for the year, while opting out of exams and receiving an ATAR.

Why would a student choose to complete VCE unscored? Well, the last couple of years have been pretty turbulent, making achieving our goals more challenging than we’d planned, and completing Year 12 is no exception.

If you’re thinking about an unscored VCE or would just like to know more, we recommend reaching out to a Swinburne student advisor.

When it comes to higher education, the word “pathways” refers to the ability to move through qualification levels, with successful completion of one qualification considered as an entry requirement to the next qualification. For example, a diploma or certificate might have more flexible entry requirements than a degree, but once successfully completed, allow you to meet the entry criteria to further study (sometimes with academic credit so your second course takes less time to complete). 

A common myth about uni is that, in order to pursue a certain course or career, you need a certain academic history or a perfect linear plan. The truth is that whatever your big life goals, there's a pathway into them (you just might need a little help finding it).

So then what kind of pathways are there? Well, if you don’t have the maths requirements you need for your dream course, there’s MathsLink. And if you didn’t get into the bachelor degree you have your heart set on, there are UniLink diplomas (an eight month course that allows you to progress into the second year of a bachelor degree upon completion). Or, if you’re thinking you may complete Year 12 unscored, there’s options abounds. Because we believe education should be available to everyone, regardless of circumstances. 

Want to know what pathway options exist for the course or courses you’re interested in? Try our Pathway Planner to see.

Pathway options

Support, special consideration, scholarships and more

When we ask Swinburne students what they love most about studying with us, the most common answer is: I don’t feel like a number. We believe that feeling like you belong and feeling supported through your studies are just as important to your education as the curriculum is.  

That’s why when you study with Swinburne, you’ll have access to heaps of free support services. Support designed specifically for students who are Indigenous or from asylum seeker or refugee backgrounds, and students who identify as LGBTQIA+. We also offer legal advice, learning and study support, AccessAbility services for students with a disability, medical condition, or mental health challenges, and assistance for international students. 

There are also supports of all kinds that begin before you start your journey as a student, like special consideration, scholarships, financial support and more.

See below for some of the kinds of assistance available to you as you begin the process of applying.

Are you eligible for special consideration? 

If there are circumstances or obstacles which have impacted your studies and your academic results, you may be eligible for special consideration via the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS).

SEAS considers a range of factors that may have the ability to affect your performance and results, like your financial situation, your health, or your living circumstances.

SEAS categories are: 

Category 1 – Personal information and location

Category 2 – Disadvantaged financial background

Category 3 – Disability or medical condition

Category 4 – Difficult circumstances

Because the past few years have been particularly challenging, many students are likely to meet one or more categories that may qualify them for special consideration. We recommend talking to your school about applying for SEAS.

See more about the Special Entry Access Scheme

Scholarships aren’t just awarded for academic achievement, they’re also awarded to promote gender equity, to counter personal hardship, to assist with financial needs, to recognise community and volunteer work. There are scholarships available to students from a refugee or migrant background, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and for students relocating from a rural or regional area.

See the full list of Swinburne scholarships

The Moondani Toombadool Centre is the department responsible for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters at Swinburne, including student support, Indigenous teaching, learning and research, and celebrations like NAIDOC Week.

As a Swinburne student, you’ll have access to community and support through Moondani Toombadool, like the Indigenous Study Success Program, the Indigenous Student Lounge and more.

Looking at applying to study with Swinburne? Before you do, take a look at the exhaustive list of scholarships available to Indigenous students, they cover everything from study supplies to relocation and more.

Scholarships for Indigenous students.

If you’re a student living with a disability, medical or mental health condition, or carer responsibilities, you are eligible for support at Swinburne called AccessAbility.

First, you’ll need to register for AccessAbility. Then you’ll work with an AccessAbility advisor to develop an Education Access Plan to make sure your studies and student life work for you. Your advisor will also be able to connect you with all the support services you might need throughout your studies.

Learn more about AccessAbility support

Swinburne students can access a wealth of free and easy advice and assistance because we know that your mental health, physical health, and stress levels are all tied into how you do in your studies (and in your life altogether). Access support services like psychology and counselling, financial advice and assistance, study help, our medical and sexual health clinic, and more. On campus or virtually. 

See our health and wellbeing services

Before you commence your studies, make sure you’ve had a look at the government financial assistance that may be available to you, like ABSTUDY, Austudy, and Youth Allowance, HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP, SA-HELP, as well as loans, grants, fees and discounts

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    2023 _Early Entry Program

    Want to be part of the next generation of change-makers and big-thinkers? The Swinburne Early Entry Program means you can apply early and ATAR-free, and start shaping the next gen_now.

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    A pigeon can help you open your mind. And your passport.

    Did you know, you can explore Swinburne all year round, from the comfort of home (or wherever there's a computer)? And, did you know you could win a $20k travel voucher while you're there? T&Cs apply.

Keep on exploring

  • Scholarships

    We offer a wide range of scholarships to help selected students from all walks of life reach their academic goals.

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    Work Integrated Learning

    Graduate with real industry experience you can put on your resume by taking on Swinburne’s Work Integrated Learning and workplace training programs.

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    Change of Preference

    Find out more about the Change of Preference period as you complete your high school studies and prepare to transition into uni.

  • Student support services

    Need support? Swinburne’s student support services can help with your studies, career, health and wellbeing, accommodation, child care, IT, safety and more.
  • Accommodation

    Discover all your student housing options at Swinburne, including on-campus accommodation, shared apartments, studio apartments and short-term accommodation.