Satisfy subject prerequisites

You can satisfy subject prerequisites by taking the following studies or tests.

Completing subjects through VCE or equivalent qualifications at a secondary school.

You can find information on doing VCE studies through the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority.

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You can study single subjects in assessed mode through our Community Access Program (CAP)

Examples of equivalent subjects you can study include:

CE Units 3 and 4 prerequisite CAP (assessed mode) subject*
English Choose one of the following:
Modern and Contemporary Literature (ENGL10001) or Literature and Performance (ENGL10002)
Biology Choose one of the following:
Biology of Cells and Organisms (BIOL10004) or Genetics and the Evolution of Life (BIOL10005)
Chemistry Fundamentals of Chemistry (CHEM10007)
Physics Physics 1: Fundamentals (PHYC10007)
Mathematical Methods Introduction to Mathematics (MAST10012)
Specialist Mathematics Calculus 1 (MAST10005)

*Refer to the University of Melbourne Handbook for more information about these subjects.

For prerequisite VCE subjects that require a study score of 25 listed above, a minimum pass (50–64 per cent) in the corresponding first year CAP (assessed mode) subject will be required to satisfy the prerequisite

See Single subjects - Community Access Program

Programs include:

  • Adult Community Education (ACE)
  • Technical and Further Education (TAFE)
  • Centre for Adult Education (CAE)

See VCAA - Return to Study

If you need a year to decide what to do next, and you want it to count, choose the Diploma in General Studies. It's a sampler of a Melbourne Bachelor degree. You can study single subjects or gain a recognised diploma qualification.

Successfully completing subjects through the course can help you satisfy subject prerequisites and may also guarantee you entry into a Melbourne agriculture, biomedicine, commerce, design or science degree.

Examples of equivalent subjects you can study include:

VCE Units 3 and 4 prerequisite DiGS subject*
Biology Systems Biology (BIOL10006)
Chemistry Fundamentals of Chemistry (CHEM10008)
English Academic Writing and Communication (MECM1005)
Further Mathematics Fundamentals of Mathematics (MAST10017)

*Refer to the University of Melbourne Handbook for more information about these subjects.

For prerequisite VCE subjects that require a study score of 25 listed above, a minimum pass (50–64 per cent) in the corresponding DiGS subject will be required to satisfy the prerequisite.

See Diploma in General Studies

If you have studied previously at university or TAFE, you may find that subjects you have already completed satisfy the prerequisites for your preferred course. In order to satisfy prerequisites with results from prior tertiary subjects, results will usually need to be less than ten years old (with the exception of English).

If you decide to complete single subjects at another tertiary institution in order to meet our prerequisites, it is important that you contact us first to confirm that successful completion of the planned subjects will definitely satisfy University of Melbourne prerequisites.

Examples of other ways to satisfy University of Melbourne prerequisites are detailed below, but this list is not exhaustive. To discuss these options and others in more detail, please contact us in the first instance:

SubjectsRequirements
Meeting the English prerequisite Any of the methods listed for satisfying the University’s English language requirement will also satisfy an English prerequisite.
Meeting the Mathematical Methods prerequisite Successful completion of the University of Melbourne Calculus and Probability Online subject.
OR
Successful completion of UniLearn Senior Mathematics with an overall grade of at least 60% satisfies the University’s Mathematical Methods prerequisite.
Meeting the Biology prerequisite Successful completion of UniLearn Biology (which must include online lab activities) with an overall grade of at least 60% satisfies the University's Biology prerequisite.
Meeting the Chemistry prerequisite Successful completion of UniLearn Chemistry (which must include online lab activities) with an overall grade of at least 75%* satisfies the University's Chemistry prerequisite.

* UniLearn Chemistry meets the prerequisite for the Bachelor of Science only. Bachelor of Biomedicine applicants cannot meet the Chemistry prerequisite with this subject