You can satisfy subject prerequisites by taking the following studies or tests. If the qualification you have completed, or intend on completing, does not appear in any of the below, please ensure you attach a syllabus/subject outline to your application.

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.

Visit VCAA - VCE studies

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

Examples of equivalent subjects you can study include:

Published course prerequisite Equivalent subjects or tests Subject/Test provider Score required Notes and further information
VCE Biology 3/4 UniLearn Biology UniLearn Overall grade of at least 75% MUST include online lab activities
BIOL10008 Introductory Biology: Life’s Machinery
(CAP assessed mode)
University of Melbourne   Subject available via our Single subject study program (CAP)
MUST be completed in Assessed mode
BIOL10010 Introductory Biology: Life’s Complexity
(CAP assessed mode)
University of Melbourne   Subject available via our Single subject study program (CAP)
MUST be completed in Assessed mode
VCE Chemistry 3/4 Chemistry subjects successfully completed at post-secondary or university level Various   Subjects MUST include a significant practical component. Online tertiary Chemistry subjects will not satisfy the University's Chemistry prerequisite.
CHEM10007 Fundamentals of Chemistry
(CAP assessed mode)
University of Melbourne   Subject available via our Single subject study program (CAP)
MUST be completed in Assessed mode
UniLearn Chemistry UniLearn Overall grade of at least 75% MUST include online lab activities
VCE English 3/4 An English language test approved by the University:
  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • Pearson Test of English
  • Approved Cambridge English tests
Various Achieve the minimum scores set for the English language test Where English is your first language, the preferred test is the Pearson Test of English.
Successful completion of a minimum of one year of full time study (100 credit points) in a graded tertiary program (delivered and assessed in English). Various   
ENGL10001 Modern and Contemporary Literature
(CAP assessed mode)
University of Melbourne   Subject available via our Single subject study program (CAP)
MUST be completed in Assessed mode
ENGL10002
Literature and Performance
(CAP assessed mode)
University of Melbourne   Subject available via our Single subject study program (CAP)
MUST be completed in Assessed mode
Open Universities undergraduate Arts and Humanities subjects such as:
  • ENG110 Approaches to English Literature
  • LCS14 Culture and Society: Introduction to Cultural Studies
Open Universities Australia   
VCE Mathematical Methods 3/4Calculus and Probability Online University of Melbourne Commercial It is recommended that students take both units For VTAC (and international direct) applicants using this subject to meet a prerequisite for course admission: Students completing this subject in the Summer intensive period are unable to use their results to be considered for a Bachelor of Agriculture, Bachelor of Biomedicine, Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Science Semester 1/Start Year Intake offer in the same year. Students will need to consider applying for admission to their preferred undergraduate degree in the mid-year intake.
UniLearn Senior Mathematics UniLearn Overall grade of at least 60%  
MAST10012 Introduction to Mathematics
(CAP assessed mode)
University of Melbourne   Subject available via our Single subject study program (CAP)
MUST be completed in Assessed mode

VCE Physics 3/4

PHYC10009 Foundations of Physics
(CAP assessed mode)
University of Melbourne   Subject available via our Single subject study program (CAP)
MUST be completed in Assessed mode
VCE Specialist Mathematics 3/4 MAST10005 Calculus 1
(CAP assessed mode)
University of Melbourne   Subject available via our Single subject study program (CAP)
MUST be completed in Assessed mode

* 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:

SubjectRequirements
English Any of the methods listed for satisfying the University’s English language requirement will also satisfy an English prerequisite.
Mathematical Methods 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.
Biology Successful completion of UniLearn Biology (which must include online lab activities) with an overall grade of at least 75% satisfies the University's Biology prerequisite.
Chemistry 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.