What does flexible study mean for me?
Studying at Swinburne Online gives you the freedom to study how it suits you. Decide when and where it fits in with your life and tailor your study journey to your own needs. Get a world-class degree without giving up what’s important.
Personalised study journey
Set a study pace that work with what’s going on in your life. If you’re unsure about how much you can commit to, we can offer part-time options and the option of increasing your unit load as your progress. Interested in fast-tracking your studies? You also have the opportunity to complete up to 12 units per year.
Fit study around your life
You don’t have to put your life on hold to study. Prioritise what matters to you and fit study around family, work and personal commitments through a course that is flexibly designed for online learners.
Start when it suits. Swinburne Online offers multiple intake dates and flexible unit availability, so you can choose when you begin your studies or if you need to take a break.
Flexible study requires flexible support. As a Swinburne Online student, you’ll have support for extended hours, seven days a week, with Student Advisors available to help with anything from tech support to research advice and dedicated online tutors in each of your units.
Your course structure
The Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning consists of eight units that can be completed over 12 months full time.
Your units will build a firm foundation of financial planning skills, beginning your study with introductory subjects like ‘Elements of Financial Planning’, before expanding your specialist knowledge of particular financial areas in subjects such as ‘Insurance and Estate Planning’ and ‘Taxation Principles and Planning’.
How you'll learn
How you'll learn
Learning designed for online
Your study journey with Swinburne Online is tailored to the digital space. You’ll study in a dynamic virtual classroom environment, interact with your peers in the custom-built social platform, and receive support at the times you need it from advisors who understand studying online.
You’ll complete each of your units in Canvas, your online classroom, and be guided through coursework by an online tutor with real-world experience in your field of study. Canvas is where you’ll access classes, assignments and discussion boards with your peers.
The Student Hub is your online campus, where you’ll access the support and resources to assist you throughout your study journey. From managing your course to technical support and library resources, you’ll find it all in one easy location.
Swinburne Online will be there for you each step of the way. From enrolment through to graduation, we offer extended, flexible support in each of your units and advisors to assist with anything from technical support to referencing and assignment tips.
To gain entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry criteria:
- A recognised bachelor degree in a related discipline; or
- A recognised bachelor degree in any discipline PLUS a minimum of two years equivalent full-time relevant professional experience; or
- A Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning.
If you are applying as an international student, please view the English Language Requirements.
Recognition of Prior Learning
The Financial Planning Education Council (FPEC) recently determined that the Financial Planning Association (FPA) is now able to grant RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) for any student completing a Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning, for the CFP units 2 to 4.
If you are completing the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning you now only need to undertake CFP 1 and the CFP-capstone unit with the FPA and you will receive the CFP Designation on top of your Graduate Diploma from Swinburne.
To obtain RPL you just need to contact the FPA prior to enrolling and provide proof of completion of your Graduate Diploma. Please note there is an annual fee to hold the CFP designation.
The estimated fee for this course is $27,400*.
Commonwealth provided loans are available to assist eligible students to pay their course fees and there are a range of university, government and privately funded scholarships and prizes.
Course fees may change without notice and will be affected by a student’s unit selection and any credit awarded in recognition of previous academic experience.
This course is offered to domestic and offshore international students. Depending on your citizenship, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place.
Domestic students also contribute to student services and amenities via an annual fee.
Swinburne Online connection to industry
Your Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning will arm you with the necessary analytical skills to provide high-quality advice across a range of financial systems. By the time you graduate, you’ll be at the forefront of industry reform and ready to ensure the continued delivery of high-quality financial advice in response to the diverse needs of clients.
Assist individuals and companies to reach their long-term financial goals. Provide expert advice on investing, retirement planning, superannuation and other key financial aspects of people’s lives.
Help individuals and organisations prepare their tax returns, with tax planning and tax accounting. With your expert tax law knowledge, you’ll be essential during the end-of-financial-year.
Focuses on cash management, corporate finance and financial risk management within a business.