Learn about our range of options, including alternatives to Year 11 and 12, and discover what further study at Swinburne could look like for you.

Choosing your Year 11 and 12 subjects

Planning your future after Year 12 can be tough. A good place to start is thinking about your interests and skills, and the types of careers that might interest you or that you would be suited to. Then you can work out what qualifications you need to achieve your goals.
Remember that in addition to achieving a particular ATAR score, you may need to complete certain subjects to be eligible for the course you want to study.

Depending on your pathway, you may be interested in TAFE or UniLink options. UniLink diplomas are a great way to start your university study in a more supportive environment. UniLink content is based on bachelor degree courses, but you'll have access to more contact hours, smaller class sizes, and more one-on-one time with your teachers. 

Wondering where to go next? Get sure

At Swinburne, we offer a range of study options available to suit your style of study, including alternatives to Year 11 and 12. Discover what further study at Swinburne could look like for you by attending one of our Open Days or talking to one of our friendly and knowledgeable Career Practitioners.

Prerequisite subjects

A helpful Year 10 tip is to look at prerequisite subjects for courses you’re interested in. Prerequisites are subjects you must complete to be considered for entry into a particular university course.
For example, to gain entry into an engineering degree at Swinburne, you’ll need to study Units 3 and 4 Mathematical Methods. Or, to gain entry into some design degrees, you’ll need to study Units 3 and 4 in one of Art, Interactive Digital Media (VCE, VET), Media, Product Design and Technology, Studio Arts or Visual Communication Design.
Prerequisite subjects are listed in the course entries in our Course Search.

Alternatives to Year 11 and 12

  • Swinburne Victorian Certificate of Education

    Swinburne Victorian Certificate of Education

    The Victorian Certificate of Education at Swinburne; which we call VCE Connect, offers secondary school qualifications for those seeking an alternative VCE experience.
    Looking for a career in trades, engineering, nursing, health science, horticulture or technology? Gain practical hands-on training and access our cutting-edge facilities with our innovative VCE Connect program.

  • Vocational Education and Training for Secondary Students

    Vocational Education and Training for Secondary Students

    Vocational Education and Training for Secondary Students (VETTS) previously known as VETiS, allows secondary students to complete VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) or VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) while undertaking vocational studies.

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning

Designed as an alternative to VCE, VCAL focuses on hands-on learning and vocational training, developing your literacy, numeracy and industry-specific skills, as well as work-related and personal development skills. VCAL programs are offered at an intermediate (Year 11) and a senior level (Year 12) and each program is based on a particular skill area such as technology, health and the trades.
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) – Young Mums Program gives young mothers in Year 11 and 12 the opportunity to finish their schooling and develop their literacy and numeracy skills in a safe and supportive space.

  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Intermediate)

    Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Intermediate)

  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Senior)

    Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Senior)

  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Intermediate) Young Mums Program

    Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Intermediate) Young Mums Program

  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Senior) Young Mums Program

    Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Senior) Young Mums Program

Interested in our VCAL or VCE Connect programs?

Attend one of our regular presentation evenings, get a detailed overview and leave with the confidence to make the right choice for you.

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Pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships

Here’s one more Year 10 tip. Get a taste of an apprenticeship while you work towards a pathway into a full time apprenticeship. This will prepare you for the workforce and allow you to build on your existing skills.
Apprenticeships are certificate courses that combine paid work with nationally recognised training, so you can earn while you learn. Your employer will teach you on the job, while we provide the formal training you need to get your qualification.
Find out more about trades courses at Swinburne

  • Swinburne Hub and the Skills and Jobs Centre

    Swinburne Hub and the Skills and Jobs Centre

    The Swinburne Hub provides one-to-one consultations on:

    • Apprenticeships
    • Skills and job advice
    • VCE Connect and VCAL
    • VET Programs for Schools
    • Vocational Education and Training.