Pathway Course- various options for further study at TAFE or UniLink Diplomas as a pathway to university study later

In Year 10 and thinking about what you want to do when you finish school? Here are some tips to making a start on planning your future.

Learn about our range of options, including alternatives to Year 11 and 12, and discover what further study at Swinburne could look like for you.

Choosing your Year 11 and 12 subjects

Planning your future after Year 12 can be tough. A good place to start is thinking about your interests and skills, and the types of careers that might interest you or that you would be suited to. Then you can work out what qualifications you need to achieve your goals.
Remember that in addition to achieving a particular ATAR score, you may need to complete certain subjects to be eligible for the course you want to study.

Depending on your pathway, you may be interested in TAFE or UniLink options. UniLink diplomas are a great way to start your university study in a more supportive environment. UniLink content is based on bachelor degree courses, but you’ll have access to more contact hours, smaller class sizes, and more one-on-one time with your teachers.

Prerequisite subjects
A helpful Year 10 tip is to look at prerequisite subjects for courses you’re interested in. Prerequisites are subjects you must complete to be considered for entry into a particular university course.

For example, to gain entry into an engineering degree at Swinburne, you’ll need to study Units 3 and 4 Mathematical Methods. Or, to gain entry into some design degrees, you’ll need to study Units 3 and 4 in one of Art, Interactive Digital Media (VCE, VET), Media, Product Design and Technology, Studio Arts or Visual Communication Design.

Prerequisite subjects are listed in the course entries in our Course Search.

Alternatives to Year 11 and 12

Swinburne Victorian Certificate of Education
The Victorian Certificate of Education at Swinburne; which we call VCE Connect, offers secondary school qualifications for those seeking an alternative VCE experience.

As a Swinburne VCE Connect student, you will access all the university has to offer, including cutting-edge facilities and outstanding teaching staff. Ideal for those with aspirations in Trades, Engineering, Nursing, Health Science, Horticulture and Technology, this course offers an innovative program with practical hands-on training.

Gain the skills and knowledge to prepare you for the next step – whether that’s a progression to apprenticeship, diploma or even pathway to a degree. Develop the attributes that will set you in good stead for a success-filled future, including confidence, accountability and adaptability.

Vocational Education and Training for Secondary Students (VETSS Program)

VETSS programs (previously known as Vet in Schools or VETiS) are approved by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). We accept applications from students currently enrolled in Years 10, 11 and 12, wanting to undertake VET as part of their senior secondary school certificates (VCE or VCAL). Most courses provide full completion of a certificate whereas some may only provide a partial completion. Some courses are only a one-year duration and some also contribute towards a student’s ATAR.

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning
Designed as an alternative to VCE, VCAL focuses on hands-on learning and vocational training, developing your literacy, numeracy and industry-specific skills, as well as work-related and personal development skills. VCAL programs are offered at an intermediate (Year 11) and a senior level (Year 12) and each program is based on a particular skill area such as technology, health and the trades.
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) – Young Mums Program gives young mothers in Year 11 and 12 the opportunity to finish their schooling and develop their literacy and numeracy skills in a safe and supportive space.

Pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships
Here’s one more Year 10 tip. Get a taste of an apprenticeship while you work towards a pathway into a full time apprenticeship. This will prepare you for the workforce and allow you to build on your existing skills.
Apprenticeships are certificate courses that combine paid work with nationally recognised training, so you can earn while you learn. Your employer will teach you on the job, while we provide the formal training you need to get your qualification.
Find out more about trades courses at Swinburne

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Swinburne University

Swinburne is a globally-engaged institution leading the way in science, technology, business, design and innovation. We attract world-class minds and participate in world-changing projects and partnerships.

Why study with us?

·  We are an internationally recognised university

·  Real-world industry connections and experiences

·  High-quality research and teaching

·  Cutting-edge facilities that enhance learning

·  Flexible study options available

Future-ready learning

Students come first at Swinburne. Our courses are designed with your future in mind. Swinburne offers high-quality teaching, opportunities to engage with industry, state-of-the-art facilities and flexible study options.

Study your way with our flexible options

We understand that you may have to organise your studies around family and other commitments. That's why we offer flexible course options to allow you to study part-time, over the weekends, at nights, online or even out of the country. Learn more about the study options we offer to suit your lifestyle.

Find the perfect course for you through our wide range of study levels and learning options. From bachelor degrees to PhDs, diplomas to short courses and even studying a single unit, learn more about the study levels we offer here at Swinburne.

UP Education

A pathway to university and a strong future At UP Education we open the door to an English-language university education.

Our difference lies in the way we combine specialised university entrance programmes and English language courses with personalised care and support for students studying away from home and family.

Pathways to success

We help students find pathways to success by getting them into the right courses and institutes to achieve their goals.

Our New Zealand-based Foundation Studies programmes prepare students for degree-level study. We offer:

The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies

AUT University Certificate in Foundation Studies

Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Studies Programme

We now also offer bridging programmes in Australia through our partnership with the University of Tasmania.

So that our New Zealand students have the right level of English language proficiency to complete Foundation Studies, we offer English language tuition at our Auckland-based English School, and The Campbell Institute, based in Wellington and Auckland.

A student-focused approach

Our student-focused approach to education prepares learners for success at English-language university. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning, and are provided with the latest mobile technology to help them navigate the digital world.

Teachers of the highest quality

Our caring, experienced teachers take part in ongoing professional development to stay up to date with the latest innovations in learning and technology. We also have an independent appraisal system for staff that keeps teachers at the top of their field, and ensures the best outcomes for our students.

Strict academic standards

We teach Foundation Studies programmes on behalf of our partner universities, so our courses are set at an approved standard so that students can be successful at university.

While our focus is on seeing our students continue on to our university partners in either New Zealand or Australia, our qualifications help students gain entry into tertiary institutions all over the world.

Well-rounded students

Students come to UP Education to be academically successful but they will also learn about other cultures, including the culture of New Zealand and Australia. Subjects like Geography, History and Culture and Society help students explore local culture beyond the classroom.

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