Single subject study

Simple steps to apply for single subject studies under the Community Access Program (CAP). Each subject has specific eligibility and entry requirements you'll need to be aware of when applying. You can find these in the University Handbook.

Please follow steps 1-5 below before your submitting your CAP course application, as outlined in Step 6.

Choose your single study subjects from the University Handbook. Each subject entry in our Handbook provides detailed information including whether your chosen subjects are available for CAP study.

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As you complete your application, you'll need to refer to the Handbook, in particular the ‘About this subject’ tab – as pictured in the steps below. You'll also need to enter the subject name and code in your online application, outlined in Step 7.

If the subject you have selected is available for single subject study, ‘Available through the Community Access Program’ will be stated in the subject entry of the Handbook. You'll find this in the ‘Further Information’ tab, as demonstrated in the example below. If this section is not visible, the subject is not available for single subject study.

Not all subjects are available for single subject study or as part of CAP. Some subjects also have quotas and many have strict application deadlines.

Learn more about single subject availability

Find out about Single subject fees and payments

Once you have checked that the subject you'd like to study is available via CAP, you can find out teaching dates and available study periods in the ‘Dates and Times’ section of the Handbook.

Some subjects are offered in more than one study period. Please specify the study period you wish to attend in your application.

Only applications for 2021 intakes are currently being accepted. Please note that applications for 2022 can only be submitted once the University Handbook opens in November 2021, and applicants are advised to wait until they are able to check the 2022 subject availability in the handbook before applying.

Common study periods and relevant application deadlines for 2021 are:

SemesterTeaching Period start date*Application closing date ~Late application closing date ^
Summer Term 2021 30 November 2020 Friday 13 December 2020 Friday 3 January 2021
Semester 1 2021
Autumn 2021
Winter 2021
1 March 2021
13 March 2021
1 June 2021
Saturday 13 February 2021
Sunday 28 February 2021
Tuesday 18 May 2021
Monday 1 March 2021
Saturday 13 March 2021
Tuesday 1 June 2021
Semester 2 2021
Spring 2021
27 July 2021
9 August 2021
Sunday 18 July 2021
Monday 26 July 2021
Friday 24 July 2021
9 August 2021

* Assessments will still take place after the teaching period is finished
~ Quota subjects may have earlier closing dates, refer to the relevant subject entry in the University Handbook and ensure that you apply by the required deadline for any quota subjects.
^ Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis. If your application is accepted, we will endeavour to provide an outcome by the end of week 2 of Semester. We strongly recommend attending classes (on the assumption that your application will be successful), until you receive your official outcome.

Other study periods

For subjects with different teaching periods the application closing date is two weeks before the start of teaching.

You can apply to study single subjects in an assessed or non-assessed mode.

If you're applying for enabling study, you'll need to specify you're seeking an Enabling offer in your application (in the 'Purpose for Study' section). Your single study subjects must be CAP approved and completed in an assessed mode.

Please note: you'll need to provide the course name and course code, or the website address, which shows the subjects needed to meet your enabling study prerequisites.

Learn more about study modes

Next, you'll need to select the correct course code for each single study subject in your application. Course codes are determined based on level of tertiary study (undergraduate or graduate) and mode of study (assessed or non-assessed).

Which course code do I apply for?

Use the table below to check which course code you need to apply for in your online application:

Study level Course codes for Assessed study mode Course codes for Non-assessed study mode

Please note: if you are applying for both undergraduate and graduate subjects you'll need to submit separate applications for each subject level.

Prerequisites and other entry requirements

You don't need to be a university student to study single subjects. Single study subjects may help you to meet subject prerequisites and other entry requirements for tertiary study.

Eligibility and entry requirements for our courses are listed in the ‘Eligibility and Requirements’ tab of your chosen subject in the University Handbook.

It's also a good idea to check the ‘Recommended background knowledge’ and ‘Core participation requirements’ sections in the Handbook for your preferred course. While not required for eligibility, they may help you determine your likelihood of successfully completing the subject.

There are special conditions to be aware of when applying for single study subjects to enable your tertiary course application.

Learn more about bridging and enabling studies

University of Melbourne students

University of Melbourne students who undertake CAP study concurrently with an award program, must not exceed a total study load of 50 points for a half-year period; unless approved to overload by student services at Stop 1.

You must apply to overload your studies via our Enrolment Variation form and ensure you meet the enrolment overloading eligibility requirements.

Visit Enrolment Overloading FAQ

Credit for single subject study will not be granted towards your current award course.

If you are an international student, please note that student visa holders cannot extend the duration of their course as a result of undertaking CAP study.

International applicants

Enrolling in single subjects is conditional on having the right visa from the Department of Home Affairs. If you hold an Australian visa, please check whether undertaking single subject CAP study is allowed under your current Australian visa conditions.

You can check your visa entitlements through Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO). If you have concerns, contact Student Visa Support.

Apply online for single subjects

In your application:

  • Search and apply for the relevant course code (please refer to Step 4)
  • Choose the study period you're applying for (please refer to Step 2)
  • Enter all details about the subject you’re applying for (including the subject code and name). If you’re applying for more than one subject, click 'Add answer' to enter more details. If you're applying for undergraduate and graduate subjects, you'll need to complete separate applications
  • If you're applying for enabling study, you must clearly indicate you're seeking an Enabling offer in the section 'Purpose for Study'. For more information, see bridging and enabling studies
  • Attach any secondary school results, academic transcripts or work experience details if required to satisfy requirements
  • Check all details, agree to the terms and conditions and submit your application.

You must use the subject entry in the University Handbook to help you complete your online application.

If you meet all entry requirements, we'll email you directly with an offer for single subject study. You'll need to accept and enrol in the subject within the set deadline, or fees may apply.

Learn more about Offers and Enrolments