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

Pathways to further study

Through VDSS, 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 VCE VM

Undertake learning in the workplace

Develop skills that equip you for the workforce and further study

Explore our 2025 VET courses Delivered to Secondary Students

How to apply for VET Delivered to Secondary Students

Essentially, we’re in partnership with you and your school. You speak to your school and they coordinate your application with Swinburne. Seek out your school’s VET or careers coordinator for course recommendations and discuss your options. Then, when you’ve decided on a VDSS course that fits, your school will forward your application directly to us.

To be eligible for consideration for a VDSS program you must be currently enrolled in Year 10, 11 or 12.

You’ll receive notification from your school about the outcome of your application. Successful? More information about enrolment will follow.

If there is greater demand than course places available, you’ll be placed on a waiting list. So, take note of our key application dates to allow time for your school-endorsed application to get to us.

Please refer to Swinburne's policies and regulations for student rights and responsibilities while on campus.

Course costs

The costs associated with Swinburne VDSS programs is invoiced directly to schools. For more information on course costs, it’s best to contact your school’s VET or careers coordinator.

2025 key dates

First round applications open Monday 12 August 2024
First round applications close Sunday 6 October 2024
Schools notified Monday 14 October 2024
Late applications open Wednesday 16 October 2024
Late applications close Wednesday 6 November 2024

These dates are indicative only.

Enrolment and Orientation

Orientation for courses at Wantirna campus and Croydon campus is scheduled for Wednesday 27 November 2024.

When you’ve completed your enrolment and we’ve seen you on campus for orientation, you’ll attend Swinburne one day per week for training while continuing at your secondary school.

Courses commence Wednesday 5 February 2025.

  • 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 Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students (VDSS) programs are delivered here – providing hands-on learning and links with industry groups, government agencies and the local community.

  • Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Vocational Education and Training 'VET') student Bailey on Swinburne's Hawthorn campus

    Vocational Education and Training at Swinburne

    VET (Vocational Education and Training) is made up of practical and hands-on TAFE courses to help turn your passion into a career.

Contact the VET Delivered to Secondary Students team

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