Planning the next step in your education journey? Here’s everything you need to know about gaining entrance into university.
General admission requirements
If you meet the minimum entry requirements, you may be selected for one of our courses. However, meeting the minimum requirements doesn’t guarantee that you will be selected.
You may be offered a place once we have assessed:
- your formal academic qualifications and results
- if you meet any course prerequisites
- your compliance with English language requirements
- if 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 the time their course begins to be eligible for entry into any Higher Education course. We may consider exceptions in some circumstances and will take into account your 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 our courses. All online students must have regular access to an internet-connected computer, capable of communicating with our online systems.
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 decide if you can successfully participate in and complete a course.
We are 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 your goals.
Use Course Search to find the English language requirements for your chosen course or see English requirements in the table below.
For local applicants with overseas qualifications, see the English entry requirements website for international students.
Individual course admission criteria will identify where prerequisite study needs to have been undertaken within a certain time period.
Other admission options
The qualifications of Australian applicants who completed secondary or tertiary study overseas are assessed for equivalence to course entry requirements, based on the Overseas Qualifications Unit (OQU) assessment guidelines.
Check whether your overseas qualifications meet our English language entry requirements via the international students page.
If you have studied VET within the last 7 years, we can use your results as the basis for admission to an undergraduate course. We take into consideration your grades and whether you completed your course.
For certain courses, if your VET study was ungraded (only pass/fail) you may have to sit for the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).
If you have completed studies in the last 7 seven years you may be eligible for advanced credit (advanced standing).
You’re automatically assessed for relevant credit upon application which will be stated on your offer letter if you are successful. If you wish to apply for further credit, you can do so after accepting you offer (prior to your first week of class).
Use our academic credit calculator to see if you may be eligible to have academic credit applied to an undergraduate degree at Swinburne.
If you’re currently studying, or have studied with a different university or other education provider, and you decide to switch to Swinburne, your previous university results will be used to assess whether you meet the requirements to enter a Swinburne undergraduate course
If you have on-the-job experience, informal or employer-based training, you may be eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL acts as credit towards a qualification to ensure you aren't training in skills you already have. When you apply for RPL you may be required to submit a portfolio or undertake a formal assessment.