With uni life on the horizon, now is the time to consider your future and look at your options. To help you on your journey, we have a range of support avenues, as well as events where you’ll be able to explore your study options and get a glimpse at Swinburne student life. 

What's on

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    Swinburne Change of Preference Expo and After Party

    This December get help with your preferences, wander campus, eat, drink, and meet your peers. Then stay for the After Party with Mallrat, CXLOE and JXN presented by Rolling Stone Australia.

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    Chat with a current Swinburne student

    Still not convinced you’re ready to tackle your VTAC preferences? No worries. Start a chat with a current Swinburne student and ask them anything you like: How do I choose my course? What’s the campus vibe? Where’s the best lunch in Hawthorn? Pitch your hard-hitting questions and leave confident about your preferences.

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    Book a one-on-one: Get the right advice

    Not sure which course is right for you? Need a hand getting your VTAC preferences sorted? We've got you. Book a free, one-on-one virtual appointment with a student advisor, and have all your questions answered in real time.

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    Campus tours

    Book a tour of our leafy Hawthorn campus led by a Swinburne Student Ambassador to discover our study spaces and community hubs, and get a feel for life as a Swinburne student.

What can you do with your ATAR? 

Want to know where your Year 12 results could take you? Meet the ATAR evaluator. 

How does it work? Just enter an estimate of the score you’re aiming for and our evaluator will reveal the Swinburne courses available to you with that result. 

Swinburne offers guaranteed entry ATARs, so if you meet the ATAR for your chosen course – as well as any additional pre-requisites – you'll be guaranteed an offer.

And as always, we provide alternative pathways into bachelor degrees, so if your ATAR isn't as expected, many roads still lead to your dream course.
 

Show me my options

VTAC key dates and deadlines

Late lodgment of VTAC applications Friday 5 November, 5pm deadline
Very late lodgment of  VTAC applications Friday 3 December, 5pm deadline
VCE results and ATAR release Thursday 16 December, 7am
Change of Preference  Monday 20 December, 4pm for January offers, and various windows throughout January and February for February round offers 


For the full list of upcoming dates and deadlines, like SEAS and scholarships deadlines, full Change of Preference dates, and more, see the VTAC website.

Preferencing Swinburne

Missed the window for Timely VTAC preferences? Don’t worry, you can still make a late application to get your preferences in.

Head on over to VTAC to begin.

Getting into uni with your results

Since the very early days, Swinburne has offered alternate routes into uni and found ways to connect students to their chosen course, no matter the circumstances. Because we feel that a university education should be accessible for all. 

Between our unscored VCE options, Early Entry Program, and various pathways into uni, your Year 12 results shouldn’t dictate your ability to pursue your dream career.

Choosing to complete VCE unscored means completing your subjects and studies for the year, while opting out of exams and receiving an ATAR.

Why would a student choose to complete VCE unscored? Well, the last two years have been pretty turbulent, making achieving our goals more challenging than we’d planned, and completing Year 12 is no exception.

If you’re thinking about an unscored VCE or would just like to know more, we recommend reaching out to a Swinburne student advisor.

When it comes to higher education, the word “pathways” refers to the ability to move through qualification levels, with successful completion of one qualification considered as an entry requirement to the next qualification. For example, a diploma or certificate might have more flexible entry requirements than a degree, but once successfully completed, allow you to meet the entry criteria to further study (sometimes with academic credit so your second course takes less time to complete). 

A common myth about uni is that, in order to pursue a certain course or career, you need a certain academic history or a perfect linear plan. The truth is that whatever your big life goals, there's a pathway into them (you just might need a little help finding it).

So then what kind of pathways are there? Well, if you don’t have the maths requirements you need for your dream course, there’s MathsLink. And if you didn’t get into the bachelor degree you have your heart set on, there are UniLink diplomas (an eight month course that allows you to progress into the second year of a bachelor degree upon completion). Or, if you’re thinking you may complete Year 12 unscored, there’s options abounds. Because we believe education should be available to everyone, regardless of circumstances. 

Want to know what pathway options exist for the course or courses you’re interested in? Try our Pathway Planner to see.
 

Pathway options

Support, special consideration, scholarships and more

When we ask Swinburne students what they love most about studying with us, the most common answer is: I don’t feel like a number. We believe that feeling like you belong and feeling supported through your studies are just as important to your education as the curriculum is.  

That’s why when you study with Swinburne, you’ll have access to heaps of free support services. Support designed specifically for students who are Indigenous or from asylum seeker or refugee backgrounds, and students who identify as LGBTQIA+. We also offer legal advice, learning and study support, AccessAbility services for students with a disability, medical condition, or mental health challenges, and assistance for international students. 

There are also supports of all kinds that begin before you start your journey as a student, like special consideration, scholarships, financial support and more.

See below for some of the kinds of assistance available to you as you begin the process of applying.

Are you eligible for special consideration? 

If there are circumstances or obstacles which have impacted your studies and your academic results, you may be eligible for special consideration via the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS).

SEAS considers a range of factors that may have the ability to affect your performance and results, like your financial situation, your health, or your living circumstances.
 

SEAS categories are: 

Category 1 – Personal information and location

Category 2 – Disadvantaged financial background

Category 3 – Disability or medical condition

Category 4 – Difficult circumstances
 

Because this past year has been particularly challenging, many students are likely to meet one or more categories that may qualify them for special consideration. We recommend talking to your school about applying for SEAS.

SEAS applications  open at 9am on 2 August and must be submitted by 5pm on 8 October. Once this date has passed, there will be no other possibility to apply for special consideration, so don’t miss out.

Once you’ve completed a SEAS application, and have been approved, it is then applied automatically to any course applications you submit via VTAC.

Keep in mind that a SEAS application doesn’t guarantee you an offer and you must still complete all the requirements listed under the selection criteria of each course. 

See more about the Special Entry Access Scheme

Scholarships aren’t just awarded for academic achievement, they’re also awarded to promote gender equity, to counter personal hardship, to assist with financial needs, to recognise community and volunteer work. There are scholarships available to students from a refugee or migrant background, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and for students relocating from a rural or regional area.

See the full list of Swinburne scholarships

The Moondani Toombadool Centre is the department responsible for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters at Swinburne, including student support, Indigenous teaching, learning and research, and celebrations like NAIDOC Week.

As a Swinburne student, you’ll have access to community and support through Moondani Toombadool, like the Indigenous Study Success Program, the Indigenous Student Lounge and more.

Looking at applying to study with Swinburne? Before you do, take a look at the exhaustive list of scholarships available to Indigenous students, they cover everything from study supplies to relocation and more.

Scholarships for Indigenous students.

If you’re a student living with a disability, medical or mental health condition, or carer responsibilities, you are eligible for support at Swinburne called AccessAbility.

First, you’ll need to register for AccessAbility. Then you’ll work with an AccessAbility advisor to develop an Education Access Plan to make sure your studies and student life work for you. Your advisor will also be able to connect you with all the support services you might need throughout your studies.

Learn more about AccessAbility support

Swinburne students can access a wealth of free and easy advice and assistance because we know that your mental health, physical health, and stress levels are all tied into how you do in your studies (and in your life altogether). Access support services like psychology and counselling, financial advice and assistance, study help, our medical and sexual health clinic, and more. On campus or virtually. 

See our health and wellbeing services

Before you commence your studies, make sure you’ve had a look at the government financial assistance that may be available to you, like ABSTUDY, Austudy, and Youth Allowance, HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP, SA-HELP, as well as loans, grants, fees and discounts

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    Play Swintopia

    Want to try Swinburne on for size from the comfort of... wherever you are? Explore our virtual campus, collect goodies, and meet the locals. 

    Need help finding your way in Swintopia? Read our FAQs.

Keep on exploring

  • How to accept your offer

    Accepting your offer at Swinburne is easy. Follow our simple steps and start your adventure today.

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    Change of Preference

    Find out more about the Change of Preference period as you complete your high school studies and prepare to transition into uni.

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    Swinburne Student Life

    Swinburne Student Life organises sporting and entertainment activities throughout the year, including Orientation Week. Swinburne Student Life also provides support, academic advice and representation for students.

  • Accommodation

    Discover all your student housing options at Swinburne, including on-campus accommodation, shared apartments, studio apartments and short-term accommodation.
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    Clubs and student organisations

    Join a club or student organisation and meet like-minded people, explore new hobbies and get involved with the issues you care about. Find your people.
  • Scholarships

    We offer a wide range of scholarships to help selected students from all walks of life reach their academic goals.

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    Work Integrated Learning

    Graduate with real industry experience you can put on your resume by taking on Swinburne’s Work Integrated Learning and workplace training programs.

  • Student support services

    Need support? Swinburne’s student support services can help with your studies, career, health and wellbeing, accommodation, child care, IT, safety and more.