Top five reasons to choose Swinburne

With expert teachers and close ties with industry, Swinburne is a leader in vocational education (TAFE).

Our teachers are experienced practitioners in their field. They have invaluable industry contacts and knowledge of employers' needs and demands. That's why Swinburne graduates are always in high demand. 

Whether you're preparing for your first job, retraining or changing careers, our vocational education courses will equip you with the skills and expertise you need. 

We offer vocational education and training across a diverse range of areas, including:

  • building and construction
  • business and management
  • children’s services
  • digital media
  • engineering
  • horticulture
  • information and communication technologies
  • nursing
  • science.

1. Preparing for work

Our vocational education courses focus on preparing for work. During your course you will use the equipment and technology used in industry, and gain insights and abilities that are expected in modern workplaces. 

All of our courses have work-based elements, which can include work placements and projects, and workplace scenarios and simulations. This ensures you are prepared to get a job, make a significant contribution at work or further develop your career.

2. Vocational learning model

Our vocational learning model focuses on helping you achieve your learning, workplace and career goals. The model offers individual learning and assessment planning, support and a wide range of services to assist you with all aspects of your study experience. 

This approach also allows you to choose where, how and how often you undertake your study. Our flexible study options include part-time, online and workplace delivery.

3. Pathways

Our pathway programs make it easy to enter and progress in vocational education. 

If you’re looking to looking to transition from school or the workforce to vocational education studies or from vocational education to university, there are pathways available at Swinburne. 

We offer pathways to help you gain recognition for workplace experience and previous studies as well as credit from other institutions. Plus, we have study skills courses and resources to help you make the most of your studies.

4. Highly rated education

Gain your skills from an industry- and world-recognised university. Our courses are recognised by professional organisations and we consistently rate among Australia's top universities in The Good Universities Guide. In 2018, we were rated among the top three universities in Victoria for student satisfaction in data published by the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching.

5. Study abroad opportunities

Enhance your skills and expertise with an overseas study experience. We offer a range of opportunities to participate in study tours and hands-on work projects in other countries. Gain invaluable experience and a competitive edge while broadening your horizons.