Equivalent subjects to published course prerequisites

If your current or previous studies do not satisfy the published prerequisites for your preferred University of Melbourne undergraduate degree you may choose to complete equivalent subjects in order to be considered for entry.

Note that prerequisites are expressed below in terms of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subject, but undergraduate course entries on Study detail prerequisite subjects in a range of Australian and International secondary school qualifications.

Published course prerequisite Equivalent subjects or tests Subject/Test provider Score required Notes and further information
VCE Biology 3/4UniLearn Biology UniLearn Overall grade of at least 75% MUST include the minimum 20 hours of online lab activities
BIOL10008 Introductory Biology: Life’s Machinery
– complete via the Community Access Program (CAP), in Assessed mode
University of Melbourne Pass grade Subject available via our Single subject study program (CAP)
MUST be completed in Assessed mode

BIOL10010 Introductory Biology: Life’s Complexity
– complete via CAP, in Assessed mode

University of Melbourne Pass grade Subject available via our Single subject study program (CAP)
MUST be completed in Assessed mode
VCE Chemistry 3/4CHEM10007 Fundamentals of Chemistry
– complete via CAP, in Assessed mode
University of Melbourne Pass grade Subject available via our Single subject study program (CAP)
MUST be completed in Assessed mode
UniLearn Chemistry  
(UNL21 Chemistry)
UniLearn Overall grade of at least 75% MUST include the minimum 26 hours of 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 Passing grades in at least 100 credit pointsAll subjects must be delivered and assessed in English
ENGL10001 Modern and Contemporary Literature
– complete via CAP, in Assessed mode
University of Melbourne Pass grade Subject available via our Single subject study program (CAP)
MUST be completed in Assessed mode
ENGL10002
Literature and Performance
– complete via CAP, in Assessed mode
University of Melbourne Pass grade Subject available via our Single subject study program (CAP)
MUST be completed in Assessed mode
VCE Mathematical Methods 3/4MAST10012 Introduction to Mathematics
– complete via CAP, in Assessed mode
University of Melbourne Pass grade Subject available via our Single subject study program (CAP)
MUST be completed in Assessed mode
Calculus and Probability Online University of Melbourne Commercial Pass grade of at least 50% (in one or both modules, as required) Required modules in Calculus and Probability Online will depend on your previous studies. For VTAC (and international direct) applicants using this subject to satisfy the mathematics prerequisite for course admission: Applicants completing this subject in the Summer intensive period are unlikely to be able 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. Applicants 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% 

VCE Physics 3/4

PHYC10009 Foundations of Physics
– complete via CAP, in Assessed mode
University of Melbourne Pass  grade Subject available via our Single subject study program (CAP)
MUST be completed in Assessed mode
VCE Specialist Mathematics 3/4MAST10005 Calculus 1
– complete via CAP, in Assessed mode
University of Melbourne Pass grade Subject available via our Single subject study program (CAP)
MUST be completed in Assessed mode
  • Most undergraduate subjects and some graduate subjects are available for single subject enrolment through the University of Melbourne’s Community Access Program (CAP)/Single subject study, but the availability of CAP/Single subject study for international students is likely to be limited and will depend on your visa status and course enrolment.
  • None of the English language tests listed will assist with your academic preparations for a return to study. If you are an adult returning to study, refer to the non-school leaver entry pathway for more information about preparing to return to study.

Submit a syllabus

If the subject or qualification you have completed (or intend to complete) does not appear above, please ensure that you submit a detailed syllabus or subject outline with your course application. This will allow us to have your subjects assessed by our academics, to determine if they satisfy the published prerequisites for your preferred undergraduate degree.

If you are applying through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC) you will need to submit a copy of your syllabus to our Admissions team via our Enquiry form. You must include your full name and email address as they appear in your VTAC application, your VTAC application number, and the University of Melbourne course/s you have applied for. Please indicate that the nature of your enquiry is ‘Entry requirements’, then briefly outline which of your previous studies you believe may be equivalent to the published course prerequisite. Please also attach a detailed syllabus/subject outline to your enquiry, so that equivalency can be considered by our academic staff.