Applicants with recent secondary education

Australian Year 12 students

If you were recently in Year 12 (i.e. currently in Year 12 or completed Year 12 in 2017 or 2018), you will be considered for admission to undergraduate courses primarily based on whether you have successfully completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), or an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

We normally assess your performance in your final years of secondary study, as indicated by an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Find out more about how ATARs are calculated on the VTAC website.

If you are studying the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia or New Zealand, you will receive a notional ATAR rank, calculated by VTAC, so that your performance can be compared against VCE students.

Details of admission requirements to individual courses are available via Swinburne’s Course Search.

Selection rank adjustments

Swinburne may use a selection rank to assess your eligibility for a course.  A selection rank is a recalculated ATAR based on adjustments to your aggregate study score where: 

  • You studied selected subjects (as specified for each course in VTAC’s Course Search). If you have achieved study scores of 25 or higher in those subjects, you are eligible to have two to four additional points added to your aggregate study score per relevant area of study. VTAC’s Subject bonus tool shows you an indication of the effect of subject-based adjustments on an applicant’s ATAR.
  • You are eligible under VTAC’s Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS), which enables special consideration for students with short or long-term educational disadvantage.  To be eligible to apply for SEAS, you must have:
    • Australian or New Zealand citizenship or hold a permanent Australian residency visa
    • applied for a course through VTAC
    • met other course entry requirements.

SEAS categories are based on personal information, disadvantaged financial backgrounddisability or mental health condition and difficult circumstances. Following an assessment of the degree of disadvantage experienced, you may have additional points added to your aggregate study score. The Swinburne SEAS calculator gives an indication of the effect of SEAS adjustments on an applicant’s ATAR.

  • Your home address is in an outer regional or remote area (as defined by the ASGS Remoteness Classification).  Swinburne will adjust your aggregate study score by adding two additional points.
  • You participated in Swinburne’s Early Leaders Program.  If you registered for and completed at least one program certificate in the Early Leaders Program, Swinburne will adjust your aggregated score by two additional points. This adjustment factor will not be applied when selecting applicants for initial teacher education, nursing, law and psychology (honours) courses.

For most courses, the maximum number of additional aggregate points granted per student is 10 although some courses may grant up to 15. Check the VTAC course page for information about each course’s maximum aggregate point adjustment.

Criteria that may apply in addition to ATAR

Swinburne assesses students in many ways, as an ATAR rank doesn’t always tell the whole story. Depending on the course, we may ask for auditions, portfolios, personal statements, aptitude and skills tests and/or interviews. Head to Swinburne’s Course Search page for course-specific requirements.

Interstate Year 12

If you’re an interstate student who has successfully completed the secondary school qualification in your state, you meet Swinburne’s entry requirements. You will be ranked for selection based on your ATAR. If you are from Queensland, your Overall Positions (OP) rank and your performance will be assessed using comparison tables of the Queensland OP and the ATAR. You can view this on the QTAC website

Prerequisite subjects will be assessed using information published by VTAC about equivalent interstate subjects

Other admission options

Alternative Tertiary Entry Program (ATEP)

ATEP is a collaboration between Swinburne and participating high schools and provides an alternative pathway into Swinburne degree courses without an ATAR requirement.

Here's how it works. A participating high school recommends its students to us and following completion of ATEP, the students may be admitted to a Swinburne degree course if they:  

  • meet Year 12 English requirements – either achieve a study score of at least 25 in VCE Units 3 and 4 English (any except for EAL), or 30 in English as an Alternate Language (EAL), or 4 out of a possible 7 for any IB English, and
  • achieve a pass or better in two eligible Swinburne units, and   
  • complete the transition unit offered through ATEP

Any course specific subject pre-requisites must be met also.

Maths Link Bridging Program

Swinburne offers two mathematics bridging courses for students who are interested in studying Aviation, Science, Education or Engineering degrees at Swinburne but do not have the prerequisite maths subjects.

Upon successful completion of the Maths Link Bridging Program, students will be recognised by Swinburne as having completed the equivalent of a pass in VCE Units 3 & 4 Mathematical Methods or Further Mathematics. Swinburne will accept VCE Maths Link Methods/Further as the satisfactory meeting of a Mathematics prerequisite for admission to the relevant courses. On successful completion of the Maths Link Bridging Program, students apply for their preferred Swinburne degree course and must meet all entry requirements for that course.