The main things you need to take into consideration are:
Prerequisites are subjects that must be completed by a student to be considered for entry into a tertiary course. Courses have prerequisite subjects because some study areas require that you have a specific level of knowledge or ability before you start. This way everyone starts at a similar level.
You can find the entry requirements and prerequisite subjects for the course you are interested in on Swinburne Course Search, our online course database.
Extra requirements are things that you will have to do on top of your application for a course. This may include attending an interview or compulsory workshop, or simply submitting extra forms.
All extra requirement details are listed in the VTAC Guide and on Swinburne Course Search.
Please note that deadlines for extra requirements are set by each institution and must be adhered to.
ATAR stands for Australian Tertiary Admission Rank. Your ATAR is the rank you receive when you complete Year 12. It compares students nationally for each particular year.
Your ATAR determines if you are eligible and will be considered for a course. Because ATAR requirements vary from year to year, it is important that you refer to the most current version of the VTAC guide when looking at the ATAR you need to have to gain entry into a course.
Keep in mind that not all courses look at ATAR scores for entry. There are a lot of TAFE courses that have different entry requirements. These can be found on Swinburne's online course database.
Additional points may be awarded as a part of the selection process.
Some courses apply additional aggregate points for particular subjects. For example, if you apply for Swinburne's Bachelor of Business and you have completed Accounting, Business Management, Economics, Information Technology (any), Legal Studies or Mathematics (any), you can increase your ATAR score by an aggregate up to 1 point higher per study (up to maximum of 5 points).
For more information on the ATAR, scaling, or bonus points, speak to your career adviser or see the VTAC Guide.