Non-school leavers

Whether you’re returning to study after a gap year or you’re in the workplace and want to retrain for a promotion or career change, we understand that returning to study has its own challenges. Swinburne offers additional services that can make your study life easier.

Choosing the right course

We offer qualifications from certificates, diplomas and bachelor degrees to master degrees and PhDs. These options allow you to choose courses and pathways to suit your individual interests and career aspirations.

If you’re having difficulty working out which course is right for you, make a one-on-one appointment with one of our future student advisers.

Flexible study options

Swinburne offers a variety of study options to fit in with your work and life commitments. Depending on your chosen course, these options can include:

  • online delivery
  • blended learning programs (a combination of on- and off-campus study)
  • workplace delivery
  • part-time study.

Our online Course Search allows you to search for courses available in a particular study mode.

Recognition for the skills you already have

If you have previous work experience or education, you might be closer to a qualification than you think.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) recognises existing knowledge and experience and measures it against the qualification in which you are enrolled, meaning you may not need to complete all the units of your course.

Special consideration

Mature-age students applying through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre may be eligible for entry through the Special Entry Access Scheme.

You may be eligible to receive special consideration towards your application based on your age.

Transition to study

Ease the transition to study with Swinburne's study skills classes, workshops and resources.

Course in Tertiary Transition Skills

Learn essential study skills, including academic writing, critical analysis, research skills and referencing, with the two-week Course in Tertiary Transition Skills.

Learning and Academic Skills Centre

Visit the Learning and Academic Skills Centre for free consultations to improve your academic and language skills. Get advice on essay writing, research and preparing for exams.

Mathematics and Statistics Help Centre

The Mathematics and Statistics Help Centre is a great resource for students needing assistance in maths and stats.