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

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.

English language requirement and prerequisite subjects

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.

Where course requirements include prerequisite subjects, you must present evidence of having successfully developed the required knowledge and skills through current or previous studies.

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.

Use Course Search to find the English language requirements for your chosen course or 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.

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Special Entry Access Scheme

When applying through VTAC, applicants with recognition as Indigenous Australians or asylum seekers on certain visa subclasses are eligible for special consideration through the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS). 

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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.

Australian Year 12 students

If you’re currently in Year 12 or have completed Year 12 in the last two years, you’ll 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.

Whether you meet our entry requirements is usually based on assessment of your performance in your final years of secondary study, as indicated by an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

Calculate your ATAR score here or for more information, visit 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.

We may use a selection rank to assess your compliance. 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.
  • you are eligible under VTAC’s Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS), which enables special consideration for students with short or long-term educational disadvantage.  
  • your home address is in an outer regional or remote area (as defined by the ASGS Remoteness Classification). We will adjust your aggregate study score by adding two additional points.
  • you participated in our Early Leaders Program.  

SEAS categories are based on personal information, disadvantaged financial background, disability 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. Our SEAS calculator provides an indication of the effect of SEAS adjustments on your ATAR.

An ATAR rank doesn’t always tell the whole story, so we can assess students in many ways. Depending on the course, we may ask you for auditions, portfolios, personal statements, aptitude and skills tests and/or interviews.

Head to Course Search for course-specific requirements.

If you’re an interstate student who has successfully completed the secondary school qualification in your state, you meet our 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

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Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the educational background our undergraduate students have come from.

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 Semester 1, 2019  
  Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study (includes a bridging or enabling course) 2610 27%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 1814 19%
(C) Work and life experience (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories) 1400 14%
(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)
2752 28%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
  • 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)
<5* <5*
International students 1062 11%
All students 9711 100%
*The number of students is less than 5
^Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of number in cells with less than 5 students

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 Reviews and Appeals page.

Need a little more clarification?

We understand that the university process can be confusing. If there’s anything you’re unsure of, or if you need some advice regarding university entry requirements, our friendly and knowledgeable team are here to help!

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