When thinking about your future, you’ll find yourself considering a number of options. You may be looking for an alternative path to your preferred course. Maybe you want to progress from a diploma to a degree? Perhaps you want to study overseas?

You may want to switch from another educational institution or even return to study from the workforce after taking a break.

Whatever your situation, if you meet our admission requirements we can help you with study pathways to suit your circumstances and lifestyle. 

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You can also study at Swinburne as a PhD student and help make ground-breaking, internationally-recognised research that advances the world around us.

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High School

Whether you finished high school at Year 10, 11 or 12, you can study at Swinburne. You can also study with us if you’re a homeschooled student or via the VETSS program. Choose your pathway below:

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    Transition to university from VCE

    Have you recently finished Year 12? Maybe you’re a Year 10 or 11 student and you’re considering your options? Want to know more about admission requirements? We’ve got you covered.

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    Homeschooled students

    If you’re one of the 20,000 homeschooled students in Australia and looking to further your education at a tertiary level, Swinburne is a university that accepts homeschooled 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.

Did you leave school early or have been long-term unemployed?

The Skills First Reconnect program provides eligible people with support to help reduce the barriers accessing, participating and succeeding in training and employment.

Learn more

Previous study

You can study with us at Swinburne if you’ve completed previous study at a tertiary level (including TAFE and VE). Choose from the following pathways: 

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    Diploma to degree pathways

    Progress from a diploma to a degree through guaranteed entry or obtain course credits for studies completed with us or with other educational institutions.

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    Direct entry into university

    Whether you want to study VE, undergraduate or postgraduate programs at Swinburne, we offer a variety of courses and pathways that are designed with your future in mind.

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    Transferring to Swinburne from other universities

    Receive credit for units completed in other courses at other institutions. Check out our credit calculator to see how much credit you may be awarded.

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    Pathway planner

    Associate degrees and UniLink diplomas can help you if your ATAR is just below the score you need for direct entry to your preferred course. Think of it as taking a slightly different route to the same destination.

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    Special Tertiary Admissions Test

    There are many university pathways, depending on your specific circumstances. The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is a quick option that can fast-track your progress and set you up for a fulfilling career. 

Interested in honours to postgraduate study?

Many undergraduate degrees at Swinburne offer an additional specialised honours (fourth) year. An honours year allows you to take your undergraduate studies to a more advanced level. It involves a substantial original piece of research, presented as a thesis, and is a point of entry into postgraduate research studies.

Explore our honours courses
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    Studying at a tertiary level can represent a big jump in your academic journey. At Swinburne, we offer a range of academic support services to help you get the most out of your university experience and achieve your academic goals. 

Work experience

We recognise the skills you’ve acquired through relevant work experience or prior learning. Advance your learning and achieve your academic goals at Swinburne. Choose from the three options below: 

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    Recognition of prior learning in the workplace

    Find out how to gain recognition for prior learning, convert work experience to a degree, or apply for credit transfer to enrol with advanced standing.
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    Returning to study

    If you want to retrain for a promotion or career change, we understand the challenges you may face when you come back to uni and return to study. That’s why we offer additional services for non-school leavers that can make your study life easier.

  • Short courses

    Increase your career prospects through our professional development courses in business, leadership, computing, personal effectiveness, health, safety, trades that are designed to build skills that are immediately applicable in the workplace.

Study as a PhD student

We offer a range of research degrees that enable you to advance your investigative skills in your chosen field. Study as a PhD at Swinburne and contribute to our internationally-recognised research that helps shape the world around us.

Studying overseas

Currently at Swinburne and want to see the world? Maybe you want to experience studying in Australia? Study overseas and gain credit for your studies back home.

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    Study Abroad and Exchange

    Studying abroad gives you the chance to challenge yourself, explore new cultures and make memories that last a lifetime. What are you waiting for?

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    Study Abroad in Melbourne

    Study in Melbourne, Australia and experience the unique and vibrant student lifestyle this cosmopolitan city has to offer — all while gaining credit for your studies back home. 

Help students plan their academic journey

Are you a Career Practitioner or an international agent or partner? We have the resources available to enable you to assist students in planning their academic journeys here at Swinburne.

Want to speak to someone in person?

Many of our courses can provide pathways to uni that allow you to move through qualification levels, with completed study considered as an entry requirement to your next qualification. Book a one-on-one appointment to get help with your application to study at Swinburne.

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