Alternative Tertiary Entry Program

Swinburne University of Technology

The Alternative Tertiary Entry Program gives Year 12 students the chance to gain entry to a Swinburne degree or UniLink program without an ATAR. It is ideal for students who are already demonstrating the ability to be independent learners but are seeking an alternative to the traditional ATAR-based entry system. You will choose between project and curriculum streams, and undertake a selection of first-year Swinburne subjects based on your interests. Upon completion of the program (and provided you meet entry requirements), you will be guaranteed an offer into a Swinburne course that aligns with your broad career goals. The Alternative Tertiary Entry Program is run in conjunction with a student's school and is not available independently.

Entry Requirements:

Students' eligibility to participate in the Alternative Tertiary Entry Program is determined by recommendation of their school, but are expected to be exhibiting developed characteristics of independent learning. Students must have attained a pass in VCE English Units 1 and 2 and in the school's estimation have completed Year 11 to a satisfactory level. Schools wishing to participate in the Program should contact the Swinburne ATEP Coordinator.


Students enrol in one of two streams, the Project Stream or the Curriculum Stream, and undertake units relevant to their academic and broad career interests.

Subjects you can Study:

20th Century Design; Concepts of Biology; Creativity and Innovation; Criminology: Theory and Practice; Database, Analysis and Design; Dealing with Numbers; Economic Principles; plus more

Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Higher Education Hawthorn No info No Part time 1 year

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Join the hundreds of thousands of grads before you.

For over 100 years, Swinburne has been creating students and grads who lead the worlds in which they study, work and live. 

  • Dimity Hawkins, a graduate, co-founded the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which won a Nobel Peace Prize (2017).
  • Our film and television students win more awards at international film festivals than any other university. 
  • Our engineering students design, build and race their own Formula SAE car and showcase it at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.
  • Our information technology students create live network systems in our three state-of-the-art Cisco networking labs.
  • Our design school is in the Top 40 worldwide (2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject) and our students collaborate with universities in Finland, China and Chile on projects in the Swinburne Design Factory.
  • Many other graduates have gone on to work at places like NAB, Telstra, IBM and ANZ Bank. 

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Beyond that, we prioritise your learning experience above all else. Swinburne was ranked in the top three in Victoria for student satisfaction, outstripping the national average (QILT Student Experience Survey 2016). 

With that goal in mind, we recently launched the Bachelor of Engineering Practice – Australia’s first engineering degree that uses project-based learning, while eliminating lectures and exams. And that’s just for a start.

Levels of study

From master degrees and postgraduate programs to bachelor degrees, diplomas and certificates, Swinburne offers options for everyone. 

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