Studying with Swinburne (RTO 3059)

Why Swinburne Online & SEEK Learning?

Swinburne Online provides a new approach to learning in Australia, offering students a highly engaging and productive learning experience.

Born out of a joint venture between SEEK and Swinburne University of Technology (RTO 3059), Swinburne Online focuses on providing you with industry-ready qualifications, from a university with over 100 years of history.

Swinburne Online students receive the same qualification as students at Swinburne University of Technology, an internationally ranked university with 30,000 students across its Melbourne and overseas campuses.

Supportive, interactive learning

With Swinburne Online, your course has been developed specifically for online delivery, so you get the most out of your online studies. You will also have full access to the Swinburne online library. 

The entire learning experience is designed to be supportive, engaging and collaborative. Your course content is supplemented by online communication technologies such as live chat, discussion boards, webinars and email.

  • All learning materials included.
  • No need to purchase additional textbooks.
  • Access your course through Swinburne's interactive online platform
  • Communicate with industry trainers who will provide assistance with your coursework, assessment and study.

In addition, student support officers are available by email 7 days a week to respond to any technical queries you may have.

Student services

Swinburne University of Technology extends many of its support services to Swinburne Online students. If you are located close to a Swinburne campus you are welcome to use the on-campus services.

The Learning and Academic Skills (LAS) Centre offers phone appointments to assist with study, writing, and language support.

Other online or over-the-phone services include:

  • Help with career planning or finding a job
  • Disability support
  • Counselling for study, personal or relationship problem

What do my course fees cover?

Your course fees will include tuition and student support, and you will be enrolled for the maximum duration of the course. You may need to pay for some study materials relating to your specific course.

What level of English language proficiency do I need to study an undergraduate degree at Swinburne Online?

It is expected that applicants have proficient English skills. We recommend the below levels in an English language test such as IELTS or TOEFL to ensure you are successful at university study:

  • For paper based TOEFL tests a score of 550 with a written English score of 5
  • For Internet based TOEFL tests a score of 79 with no band below 18.

International English Language Test System (IELTS) course specifications:

  • Undergraduate Business courses require an IELTS score of 6 with no band below 6
  • Undergraduate Media and Communication courses require an IELTS score of 6 with no band below 6
  • Undergraduate Social Science requires an IELTS score of 6 with no band below 6
  • Undergraduate Psychological Sciences requires an IELTS score of 6.5 with no band below 6
  • Undergraduate Education requires an IELTS score of 6.5 with no band below 6

What level of English language proficiency do I need to study a Masters at Swinburne Online?

It is expected that applicants have proficient English skills. You should have a bachelor degree or equivalent (at least three years) studied in English, or have completed year 12 English in Australia.You must meet the below levels in an English language test such as IELTS, ISLPR or PEAT to ensure you are successful:

  • Achievement in the International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) of Level 4 in all four areas of speaking, listening, reading, writing from an approved testing site.
  • Achievement of a score A in all four areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the Professional English Assessment for Teachers (PEAT) test.

International English Language Test System (IELTS) course specifications:

  • Master of Professional Accounting requires IELTS 6.5 no band below 6
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) requires IELTS 6.5 no band below 6
  • Masters of Teaching requires IELTS of 7.5 and the following scores for each component Speaking 8.0, Listening 8.0, Reading 7.0, Writing 7.0

Technical requirements

You will need ongoing access to these items to ensure you can complete your online course.

Mandatory requirements

  • Mac or PC computer (laptop or desktop)
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Broadband internet connection (preferably not a mobile dongle). Swinburne Online recommends at least 30 GB data allowance per month

Operating system

  • Mac: OS X Version 10.7 or higher
  • PC: Windows Vista or newer


  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Latest version of Internet Explorer (recommended browser) or Firefox
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (available free from the Adobe website)

As a Swinburne Online student you can download a free version of Microsoft Office for the duration of your studies.


  • Good quality headphones with built-in microphone
  • Webcam
  • Tablet
  • Smartphone

Credit transfer

If you have completed recognised VET units at a Certificate IV level or higher, you may be able to apply for a credit transfer. A credit transfer will exempt you from the units you do not need to complete.

Accessing your personal details

Once you have enrolled in your course, you will receive login details to a Swinburne University of Technology online portal called E-student. In E-student you will find your personal details and information regarding your academic progress. You will also use this system to pay your fees. 

Student charter

Swinburne Online will provide to all students:

  • Course content, resources, educational technologies, learning activities and assessments that are up-to-date and relevant.
  • Trainers and Assessors with relevant industry experience and qualifications who are well prepared and use appropriate methods and technologies to maximise your learning opportunities.
  • Feedback on progress and opportunities to improve your learning and assessment performance.
  • Opportunities to apply your industry experience to your learning and assessments.
  • Respectful and courteous communications.
  • Opportunities for you to provide feedback on your experience with us.

And in return we ask you to:

  • Be accountable for your own learning, by establishing your study plan, setting your goals and working toward them.
  • Engage with your studies by accessing learning content, and completing learning tasks and assessments to meet the course requirements.
  • Monitor your own progress and use feedback from our Trainers and Assessors to improve your learning.
  • Engage, support and work collaboratively with your fellow students.
  • Be honest and respectful in all your communications and interactions with fellow students, Trainers and Assessors.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour while undertaking work placements, projects or fieldwork, and respect the privacy of the client and any commercial information made available.

Austudy, Abstudy & Youth Allowance

You may be eligible for Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance funding while you study your course. To find out more or determine your eligibility, visit the Centrelink website.

If you receive a Centrelink student payment while you study, you are expected to complete your course within the time allocated by Centrelink. You are also required to show consistent and regular progress throughout your course. If you don't, you may incur a debt which you will have to pay.

Please note that SEEK Learning is unable to advise you on eligibility for Austudy, Abstudy and Youth Allowance.

Can I defer my study?

Once you have enrolled as a Swinburne student, you can defer your offer. If you wish to take leave during your degree (once you have commenced) it is referred to as ‘Leave of Absence’ and can be applied for at any time by contacting Swinburne Online. Normally only 1 year of leave is granted throughout a degree.