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Associate degrees

Get on track to reach your career goals

Associate degrees are a two-year qualification based on employability, hands-on skills and practical outcomes.

If you're looking to upgrade your skills or change direction, an associate degree can help you reach your goals.

Courses are available across a variety of study areas:

  • Business Administration
  • Engineering
  • Health and Community Care
  • Information and Communication Technology

One-on-one appointment

Your opportunity to discuss associate degrees and identify your long-term objectives and study options.

Courses

Course title ▼ Campus  
Associate Degree of Applied Information and Communication Technology
  • Hawthorn
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Intakes:   Semester 1
Study Mode: Full-time, Part-time
Duration: 2 years
Associate Degree of Business Administration
  • Hawthorn
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Intakes:   Semester 1, Semester 2
Study Mode: Full-time, Part-time (day & evening)
Duration: 2 years full-time or equivalent
Associate Degree of Engineering
  • Hawthorn
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Intakes:   Semester 1
Study Mode: Full-time
Duration: 2 years full-time
Associate Degree of Health and Community Care
  • Hawthorn
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Intakes:   Semester 1, Semester 2
Study Mode: Full-time, Part-time (day & evening)
Duration: 2 years full-time or equivalent

Pathways to further study

Following your associate degree, you can progress to achieve a bachelor degree by completing an extra year of study.

Each of our associate degrees has been mapped to a relevant bachelor degree (with guaranteed entry) which will only require one extra year of study, so you exit with more than one qualification.

Associate degreePathway into
Associate Degree of Applied Information and Communication Technology Bachelor of Applied Information and Communication Technology
Associate Degree of Business Administration Bachelor of Business Administration
Associate Degree of Health and Community Care Bachelor of Community Health
Associate Degree of Engineering* Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical) (Honours)
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours)
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) (Honours)
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours)
Bachelor of Engineering (Product Design) (Honours)
Bachelor of Engineering (Robotics and Mechatronics) (Honours)

*Up to two years of extra study will be required if completing a pathway from the Associate Degree of Engineering to the mapped bachelor degree options.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

On-the-job experience, informal training or previous study may count towards Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Apply for RPL if you have completed any of the following:

  • Paid work
  • Volunteer work
  • Formal study not completed

RPL and credit exemptions can save time and money by recognising your previous study or experience. This may enable you to complete your course in less time and advance to a higher qualification if you wish.

Fees

Associate degrees fall under Higher Education fees and are offered as a Commonwealth supported place (CSP).

A CSP is a higher education place for which the Commonwealth Government makes a contribution towards the cost of your education. If you are enrolled in a CSP, you are only required to contribute part of the cost of your course.

Some Commonwealth-supported students are eligible to defer payment of their student contribution via HECS-HELP, or to receive a discount for paying their student contribution up-front. Some Commonwealth-supported students are not eligible for a discount or to defer payment and must pay their student contribution up-front.

How much do you pay?

The student contribution is calculated based on the units of study that you enrol in.

Each unit is assigned to a 'band' according to the subject area that it comes from.

Associate degreeFee band
Associate Degree of Applied Information and Communication Technology Band 2
Associate Degree of Business Administration Band 3
Associate Degree in Engineering Band 2
Associate Degree of Health and Community Care Band 2

Applying

Semester 1 2014

All current Year 12 students and applicants intending to apply to more than one institution must apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).

You can apply directly for Swinburne courses listed in the VTAC Guide if you are:

  • Not currently studying Year 12 in Australia and
  • Intending to submit an application only to Swinburne.

Apply directly to Swinburne by either:

Downloading a direct application form, fill it in and send it back to us, or completing our online application form and apply with no paperwork.

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Facilitated Online Learning for residents in the Hume Region

Swinburne has partnered with Mansfield Adult Continuing Education (MACE) to deliver three of our associate degrees through Facilitated Online Learning to students in the Hume region.

This gives you the option to study online from home, or complete some of your studies at a Learn Local Centre, a network of over 320 adult community education organisations across Victoria.

About Facilitated Online Learning

Facilitated online learning is an interactive approach to studying online.

You will be guided through your studies by a mentor and supported to enhance your knowledge, understanding and critical thinking skills by lecturers and tutors.

Your lecturers, tutors and mentors will provide direction to ensure you're able to participate fully in the online learning experience.

You'll find that you and your fellow students will form an online community to discuss issues, share ideas, collaborate on projects and support one another using online learning tools, such as blogs, wikis, journals, discussion boards, Blackboard iLearn and podcasts.

Delivery options

You can choose to study entirely online through the Facilitation Online Learning program.

Another option is to study your first year at a Learn Local Centre, a network of over 320 adult community education organisations across Victoria.

Find out more about Learn Local and adult community education.

Find out more

Mansfield Adult Continuing Education (MACE) website

Phone: (03) 5775 2077