We understand studying needs to fit around your life, and that sometimes things don’t go to plan. Our learning platform is designed with this in mind – flexible study for busy lives.
Here’s a few answers to our most commonly asked questions.
Swinburne Open Education courses are delivered online. This means that you will complete your knowledge and initial skills development through online learning. Our nationally recognised diplomas and certificate courses are self-paced and can be accessed via a laptop, computer, or mobile. At Swinburne, we believe in giving you the flexibility to study anytime, from anywhere.
Some courses require practical skills application to achieve competency, through Structured Workplace Learning. This will be called out on relevant course pages.
Our New Zealand students can complete their studies and gain their qualification while in New Zealand, however, all Swinburne Open Education qualifications will be nationally recognised in Australia.
Swinburne Open Education courses are delivered and assessed by UP Education, one of the largest private education groups in the Asia-Pacific. All qualifications are nationally recognised in Australia and are awarded by Swinburne University of Technology.
Swinburne Open Education is an online education provider and all courses are delivered digitally, allowing you to learn anywhere, anytime.
Our world-class learning platform is online native and can be accessed on any device. We’ve created a joyful experience with natively accessible information, alleviating the need to download presentations and allowing you to focus on learning the content rather than how to use our platform.
Online modules are broken down into topics and subtopics specific to the module. Each module contains a range of learning styles including written text, diagrams, instructional videos and formative activities that provide you with instant feedback and prepares you for summative assessments.
Learning is supported by regular trainer-led online sessions. At the end of each module and prior to the sequential module, skills and knowledge are evaluated through summative assessments. Assessment consists of online quizzes, assignments and supervised tests. Through our learning platform you will:
Access your learning materials and assessments
Undertake and upload assessments
Engage and interact with your trainer
Participate in student forums and find a ‘study buddy’
Access your assessment grades and feedback
Access student support services.
More information about learning online with Swinburne Open Education can be found in our Student Handbook.
You can enrol in our courses and start studying, anytime you like. There's no need to wait for a certain date or a new semester to start – just enrol, login, and start learning.
Enrolment is easy! Enter your details to see course pricing details located on any of our course pages. From there you will be taken to an online form where you can complete the enrolment process.
Your course will be assessed online through our learning management platform. You will be assigned a specialist assessor for each module who will provide support while you complete your assessment. Assessments are carried out by using a variety of tasks, including:
Online quizzes, including multiple choice and short answer questions
Portfolio of evidence
Video and audio role plays and demonstrations.
You will have real-time trainer support using your choice of communication – online chat, email, phone call, or video chat. A specialised trainer will be assigned to provide your support at the beginning of each module, who will be available for support during learning and who will also be responsible for supporting you while you carry out the assessment of that module.
Course costs can vary depending on the qualification selected. You can choose to pay for certificate level courses in weekly instalments over 12 months, or receive a 10% discount if you pay upfront.
If you are less than halfway through your enrolment period and it’s not working out, you can opt-out of the second half and reduce your course fee liability to 50% of the total course fee. Refer to the Student Agreement for full terms and conditions.
Yes, we understand life doesn’t always go to plan and our online courses are designed to flex around your life.
Students work at their own pace to complete the course within the allocated time frame. If additional time is needed to complete the course, students can apply for extensions of up to 6 additional months (2 x 3-month extensions).
Your learning materials are accessed through our learning portal. These include:
Rich media including video resources and web links
Real-time trainer support.
Our modern online learning platform has been designed so that you can study anywhere, anytime. The minimum software requirements to best use our platform are:
Desktop or Laptop
Latest version of Chrome or Safari
Microsoft Office (2010 or higher)
Adobe PDF Reader.
Mobile or Tablet*
Latest version of Chrome or Safari
Latest version of Android
Latest version of iOS.
* Students using a mobile or tablet will need to upload documents from a Laptop, PC or have a Dropbox account.
At Swinburne Open Education, we are continuously improving our student services and education offerings. We welcome your feedback. To learn more about our complaints management process, or to make a complaint, visit your Student Hub.
If you are not a student, you can make complaints in writing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.