Admissions at Swinburne

General admission requirements

Applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements for a course may be selected for a course at Swinburne. However, meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

Applicants may be offered a place once Swinburne has assessed:

  • your formal academic qualifications and results
  • whether you meet any course prerequisites
  • your English language proficiency
  • whether you meet any legal or administrative requirements (see below)
  • the availability of student places and learning resources.

For some courses, an assessment of your personal capabilities and aptitude is also made.

Visit our Course Search to find out about the specific criteria for entry into individual courses.

Minimum age requirement

Students must be at least 17 years old at time of course commencement to be eligible for entry into any Higher Education course. Swinburne may consider exceptions in some circumstances and will take into account the student’s academic record and availability of appropriate support.

Access to internet

Online learning resources and materials are integral to teaching and learning activities and assessment tasks for Swinburne courses. All online students must have regular access to an internet-connected computer, which is capable of communicating with Swinburne’s online systems.

Informed choices

Informed Choices statements provide information about essential physical and behavioural abilities, skills or acuities needed to perform assessment tasks and professional placements in a field of study and progress to a career in that field. This information is intended to assist you to choose whether you can successfully participate in and complete a course.

Swinburne is an inclusive and welcoming environment for people living with a disability, medical condition, mental illness or primary carer responsibilities. Our AccessAbility advisers can provide information about services and reasonable adjustments that may be available to support you to achieve course requirements.

English language proficiency

All students at Swinburne are expected to be proficient in written and spoken English. Each Swinburne course has minimum English language requirements. 

You can satisfy the English language entry requirements in a number of ways depending on your education and experience. These requirements must be met in addition to academic entry requirements.

Local applicants

Use Course Search to find the English language requirements for your chosen course or see English requirements in the table below.

Minimum English Language Requirements for Local Higher Education Students

For UniLink Diplomas

One of:

  • VCE Units 3 & 4: a minimum study score of 20 in English (or equivalent)  or 25 in English as an Alternate Language (EAL)
  • A minimum study score (equivalent to required VCE score) in an approved Australian Year 12 English – see VTAC Equivalent prerequisites for interstate, International Baccalaureate (IB) and New Zealand students
  • One year (full-time equivalent) of satisfactory study in a higher education course where English is the main language of teaching and assessment
  • One year (full-time equivalent) of satisfactory study in an English-rich Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma where English was the main language of teaching and assessment
  • STAT Written test minimum score: 145*
  • Completion of secondary school studies in English and four years relevant post-secondary work experience in an English speaking setting, with at least two of those years being full-time work*

For undergraduate courses: associate degrees, bachelor degrees and honours (except education, law, information technology, honours in psychology and professional degree courses)

One of:

  • VCE Units 3 & 4: a minimum study score of 25 in English (or equivalent) or 30 in EAL
  • A minimum study score (equivalent to required VCE score) in an approved Australian Year 12 English – see VTAC Equivalent prerequisites for interstate, International Baccalaureate (IB) and New Zealand students
  • One year (full-time equivalent) of satisfactory study in a higher education course where English is the main language of teaching and assessment
  • One year (full-time equivalent) of satisfactory study in an English-rich Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma where English was the main language of teaching and assessment
  • STAT Written test minimum score: 145*
  • Completion of secondary school studies in English and four years relevant post-secondary work experience in an English speaking setting, with at least two of those years being full-time work*

For undergraduate courses: education, information technology, law, honours in psychology and professional degrees

One of:

  • VCE Units 3 & 4: a minimum study score of 25 in English (or equivalent) or 30 in EAL
  • A minimum study score (equivalent to required VCE score) in an approved Australian Year 12 English – see VTAC Equivalent prerequisites for interstate, International Baccalaureate (IB) and New Zealand students
  • One year (full-time equivalent) of satisfactory study in a higher education course where English is the main language of teaching and assessment
  • One year (full-time equivalent) of satisfactory study in an English-rich Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma where English was the main language of teaching and assessment.

For Masters Qualifying Program

  • One year (full-time equivalent) of satisfactory study in a higher education course where English is the main language of teaching and assessment.
For postgraduate courses: Graduate Certificates

One of:

  • At least one year (full-time equivalent) of satisfactory study in a higher education course where English is the main language of teaching and assessment
  • Completion of secondary school studies in English and four years relevant post-secondary work experience in an English speaking setting, with at least two of those years being full-time work*

 

For postgraduate courses: Graduate Diplomas and Masters
  • Satisfactory completion of a an undergraduate degree (AQF 7 or equivalent) where the course was taught and assessed entirely in English.

* Only specified courses will accept STAT and Work experience as a basis of entry – check Course Search.

For local applicants with overseas qualifications, see the English entry requirements website for international students.

International applicants

Use Course Search to find the English language requirements for your chosen course or see the English entry requirements website for international students.

More information

If you are applying for undergraduate courses

For more specific information about admission to courses that is relevant to your educational background:

Student-specific information:

If you are applying for postgraduate courses

Swinburne offers a range of entry options into postgraduate courses.  For more information, see our pathways to postgraduate study webpage.

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new undergraduate students at Swinburne. It provides data on all students who commenced undergraduate study in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses, and international students studying in Australia.

Applicant background

Full year intake 2017

 

Number of students

Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
4343 28% 
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 3030 20% 

(C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)

3825  25%
(D) Recent secondary education:    
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subjects studied)
4011 26% 
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
105 1% 
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
29  1%
International students  3911 20% 
All students  19313 100% 

 

Additional resources

Further information for students about admissions is available through the following resources:

To submit an application outcome appeal or to express grievances about the admission process, refer to the Swinburne Reviews and Appeals website.

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