Swinburne offer a range of Vocational Education and Training for Secondary Students (VETSS) courses at our Croydon and Wantirna campuses. Courses are delivered over one or two years to Year 10, 11, and 12 VCE and VCAL students.

Pathways to further study

Through VETSS, you will have the opportunity to progress to a range of certificates, an apprenticeship, diploma or even a university degree.

Swinburne offers both Vocational Education and Higher Education qualifications, making it easy to pathway from vocational into higher education and receive the maximum credit for your previous studies.

Why choose VET?

Combine general and vocational studies

Explore career options and pathways

Gain a nationally recognised qualification or credit towards a qualification that contributes to the VCE or VCAL

Undertake learning in the workplace

Develop skills that equip you for the workforce and further study

2023 VET courses for secondary students

National course title National code
Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance HLT33015
Certificate II in Building & Construction Pre-apprenticeship – Carpentry 22338VIC
Certificate II in Building & Construction Pre-apprenticeship – Bricklaying 22338VIC
Certificate II in Community Services CHC22015
Certificate II in Creative Industries CUA20220
Certificate III in Design Fundamentals CUA30720
Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) UEE22011
Certificate II in Engineering Studies 22470VIC
Certificate II in Horticulture AHC20416
Certificate II in Landscaping AHC21616
Certificate II in Horticulture Dual Qualification with Certificate II in Landscaping AHC20416/AHC21616
Certificate III in Information Technology (Games) ICT30120
Certificate III in Laboratory Skills MSL30118
Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) 22569VIC
Certificate II in Workplace Skills BSB20120

For course enquiries, please email VETSS@swinburne.edu.au.

How to apply

Students looking to participate in a VETSS program at Swinburne should complete the normal course selection process with their school. Upon completion of the course selection, the school will forward an application to Swinburne. 

Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance and the process for orientation and enrolment.


To be considered for a VETSS program, students must be:

  • currently enrolled in Year 10, 11 or 12.

2023 key dates

Note: These dates are indicative only.

First round applications open Monday 15 August, 2022
First round applications close Sunday 9 October, 2022
Schools notified Monday 17 October, 2022
Late applications open Wednesday 19 October, 2022
Late applications close Tuesday 31 January, 2023
Orientation and enrolment Croydon and Wantirna campus
Date 30 November TBC
Courses commence Wednesday 1 February, 2023
  • The new $10m KIOSC building at the Wantirna campus

    KIOSC trade training centre

    Our Wantirna campus is home to the $10 million Knox Innovation, Opportunity and Sustainability Centre (KIOSC).

    Many of our VETSS programs are delivered in the KIOSC which is a state-of-the-art facility providing hands-on learning experiences for secondary school students. Other programs available in the KIOSC provide links with industry groups, government agencies and the local community.

Contact the VETSS team

Have questions? If you would like more information about Swinburne's Vocational Education and Training for Secondary Students, please call us on 1300 275 794 or email VETSS@swinburne.edu.au.

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