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Graduate Certificate of Programming and Development

We’ve partnered with pioneering software platforms MuleSoft and GitHub to help you become a key architect for the next generation of digital landscapes.

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6 months full-time

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Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct

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‘The support level has been unmatched. ELAs, student advisors, anyone you contact is always there for you. There is always someone to reach out to, always someone to help, always someone you can lean on.’

Corey, Swinburne Online graduate

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As technology evolves, the demand for programmers and developers is expected to jump by 30% in the next five years


We’re in the QS ‘Top 50 Under 50’ rankings for 2021

‘The support level has been unmatched. ELAs, student advisors, anyone you contact is always there for you. There is always someone to reach out to, always someone to help, always someone you can lean on.’

Corey, Swinburne Online graduate

30% ▴

As technology evolves, the demand for programmers and developers is expected to jump by 30% in the next five years


We’re in the QS ‘Top 50 Under 50’ rankings for 2021


This bootcamp has been co-created by industry experts, MuleSoft and GitHub, equipping you with programming and development skills relevant to the industry now and well into the future.

Programmers and developers create new software and applications to navigate complex computer systems.

Swinburne Online’s Graduate Certificate of Programming and Development is created in collaboration with industry mentors MuleSoft and GitHub to ensure your computer literacy skills are aligned with current industry expectations. Your project-based learning will give you unique opportunities to work with real clients on live projects, equipping you with specialised experience that you can immediately apply to the workplace.

Swinburne’s employment-driven bootcamps are formal postgraduate qualifications in an in-demand field.

Apply online today or call a Course Consultant on 1300 069 765 to ensure you don’t miss out.

What will you learn?

  • Programming: Master industry-standard software and universal program languages including C#, HTML, Python and more. This is your technical tool kit, one that you can creatively apply to solve ICT problems.
  • ICT Issue Assessment: Assess and analyse the appropriateness of methodologies and technologies for the design and implementation of ICT solutions.
  • Sourcing Software: Identify and analyse situations that require investigations about methodologies, practices, technologies, ethical and legal issues and source the generic and specialised software tools used by IT professionals.
  • Understanding Technologies: Demonstrate an appropriate knowledge of the technologies that make up ICT infrastructure and articulate the relationships and interdependencies between technologies.
  • Applying Technologies: Demonstrate problem-solving skills to apply technologies to new situations when implementing, maintaining, documenting and troubleshooting systems.

Flexible study

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.

Flexible study at Swinburne Online

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.

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 Certificate of Programming and Development consists of four units, including one capstone unit.

Your Graduate Certificate of Programming and Development will culminate in an Organisational Growth and Innovation Capstone Project, a project-based unit in which you’ll have the opportunity to work on a live project with employers like Xero to solve a real issue for the company. At the end of this unit, you’ll come away with a strong professional network, valuable workplace experience and project work that you can add to your portfolio or resume.

Why study a bootcamp course with Swinburne Online? Bootcamps are practical and skills-focused, uniting theory and knowledge with practice. This ensures everything you learn has direct application to your chosen career pathway. View all units in this Graduate Certificate.

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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.

Your online study journey

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.

Entry requirements

Students must fulfil one of the following entry criteria:

  • Bachelor degree; or
  • Three to five years full time work experience (requires computer literacy); or
  • Two years related work experience; or
    If you have less than two years related work experience, an additional relevant tertiary qualification (minimum AQF 6) is required. Even if this tertiary qualification is incomplete, you may still be eligible for entry depending on the circumstances.


The estimated annual fee for this course is $14,840.

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.

Discover more information about HELP loans.

Course fees 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.

Domestic students also contribute to student services and amenities via an annual fee.

Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students. You may be eligible for Swinburne Scholarships.

Career Outcomes

Swinburne Online connection to industry

The Graduate Certificate of Programming and Development prioritises your readiness to succeed come graduation through industry connections embedded in your degree:

  • Work on an industry partners, Mulesoft and GitHub to gain professional skills and step into the workplace with confidence
  • Learn essential skills to interpret programming languages like Python and Java
  • Take part in an Organisational Growth and Innovation Capstone Project, where you’ll have the opportunity to work on a live project with employers like Xero to solve a real issue for the company.

Use specialist programming knowledge to help organisations manage software requirements internally, or help design and develop software for market rollout.

With an adaptable programming toolkit, collaborate in the design and implementation of web-based applications, troubleshooting issues as they arise.

Apply your versatile and in-demand technical skills to a wide range of programming challenges, including mobile web development, back-end coding and system maintenance.

Take ownership of products, troubleshooting problems with creativity and insight, and directing teams efficiently.


‘I truly valued the ability to study at my own pace, and to be able to absorb all the concepts in my own space at home.’


Swinburne Online graduate

What are other students asking?
For students undertaking a degree, most of your learning materials are included with a free license provided to you by Swinburne Online. However, in some cases, you will be notified via your student email that you will need to buy specific software or eTexts. For TAFE Business students, all of your learning materials will be available online and are covered by your course fees. You won’t need to purchase any further materials.
When you enrol to study a degree with us, you will nominate how many units you would like to select per teaching period, based on a recommendation from one of our Course Consultants. From here, our enrolments team will allocate you automatically to the units they feel will be best suited to your needs, so you don’t need to worry about choosing units. If you want to choose something different than what you are allocated to, that is no problem, just get in touch with our Student Advisors and they will take care of it for you.
You won’t normally have to be online at a specific time. Your course material is available for you from the beginning of each teaching period and you can work through it in the hours that suit you. There are some live webinar sessions that run approximately once a month. These are a special opportunity for students to sign in at the same time as their tutors, normally before an assessment deadline. It gives you the chance to ask any questions relating to the assignment in real time and hear other student’s questions and thoughts. We understand that students won’t always be able to make these sessions, so they can be replayed the next day.

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