The program is for high-achieving domestic students in their final year of high school.

To be eligible for the Program you must:

  • Be eligible for the award of the VCE or IB in the year you intend to participate (including having at least one VCE Units 3 and 4 or IB equivalent enrolment during the year in which you undertake the Extension Program);
  • Be undertaking a normal full-time VCE or IB load over Year 11 and 12. By the conclusion of your secondary studies you must have completed a minimum of five VCE Units 3 and 4 subjects or equivalent IB subjects;
  • Have at least a B+ average across non-prerequisite/corequisite subjects (Units 1 and 2 plus any Units 3 and 4 subjects you have already completed); and
  • Meet the prerequisite or corequisite subject requirement for the specific subject; and
  • Satisfy the academic standard and any additional requirements of the specific subject.
Subject VCE prerequisite/corequisite subjects required* Minimum grades across non-prerequisite/corequisite subjects^
Art History One of the following:
  • completion of any History 3/4 with a study score of at least 34; or
  • completion of Art 3/4 with a study score of at least 36; or
  • completion of Studio Arts 3/4 with a study score of at least 36; or
  • enrolment in any History 3/4 after completion of History 1/2 with at least an A average; or
  • enrolment in Art 3/4 after completion of Art 1/2 with at least an A average; or
  • enrolment in Studio Arts 3/4 after completion of Studio Art 1/2 with at least an A average.
At least a B+ average. An average of at least B+ is also required in subjects including essay writing (for example, Literature).
Chemistry One of the following:
  • completion of Chemistry 3/4 and Mathematical Methods 3/4 with study scores of at least 37; or
  • enrolment in Mathematical Methods 3/4 after completion of Chemistry 3/4 with a study score of at least 37 and completion of Mathematical Methods 1/2 with at least an A average.
At least a B+ average
Planet Earth and Climate Change One of the following:
  • completion of Mathematical Methods 3/4 with a study score of at least 37; or
  • completion of Chemistry 3/4 with a study score of at least 37; or
  • completion of Environmental Science 3/4 with a study score of at least 37; or
  • completion of Geography 3/4 with a study score of at least 37; or
  • completion of Biology 3/4 with a study score of at least 37; or
  • completion of Physics 3/4 with a study score of at least 37; or
  • enrolment in Mathematical Methods 3/4 after completion of Mathematical Methods 1/2 with at least an A average; or
  • enrolment in Chemistry 3/4 after completion of Chemistry 1/2 with at least an A average; or
  • enrolment in Environmental Science 3/4 after completion of Environmental Science 1/2 with at least an A average; or
  • enrolment in Geography 3/4 after completion of Geography 1/2 with at least an A average; or
  • enrolment in Biology 3/4 after completion of Biology 1/2 with at least an A average; or
  • enrolment in Physics 3/4 after completion of Physics 1/2 with at least an A average.
At least a B+ average
Economics One of the following:
  • completion of Economics 3/4 and Mathematical Methods 3/4 with study scores of at least 38; or
  • completion of Economics 3/4 and Specialist Mathematics 3/4 with study scores of at least 38; or
  • completion of Mathematical Methods 3/4 with a study score of at least 38 and enrolment in Economics 3/4 after completion of Economics 1/2 with at least an A average; or
  • completion of Specialist Mathematics 3/4 with a study score of at least 38 and enrolment in Economics 3/4 after completion of Economics 1/2 with at least an A average.
At least a B+ average
French Completion of French 3/4 with a study score of at least 37. At least a B+ average
Advanced French Completion of French 3/4 with a study score of at least 40. Applicants will also be required to complete a placement test. At least a B+ average
German Completion of German 3/4 with a study score of at least 37. At least a B+ average
Advanced German Completion of German 3/4 with a study score of at least 40. Applicants will also be required to complete a placement test. At least a B+ average
Hebrew Completion of Hebrew 3/4 with a study score of at least 30. At least a B+ average
History and Philosophy of Science One of the following:
  • completion of any humanities and/or science 3/4 subject with a study score of at least 37; or
  • enrolment in any humanities and/or science 3/4 subject after completion of any humanities and/or science 1/2 subject with at least an A average.
Students may be concurrently enrolled in Philosophy 3/4.
At least a B+ average
Indonesian Completion of Indonesian (Second Language) 3/4 with a study score of at least 35. At least a B+ average
Italian Completion of Italian 3/4 with a study score of at least 37. At least a B+ average
Japanese Completion of Japanese (Second Language) 3/4 with a study score of at least 35. Applicants will also be required to complete a placement test. At least a B+ average
Advanced Japanese Completion of Japanese (Second Language) 3/4 with a study score of at least 40. Applicants will also be required to complete a placement test. At least a B+ average
Further Advanced Japanese Completion of Japanese (Second Language) 3/4 with a study score of at least 40. Applicants will also be required to complete a placement test. At least a B+ average
Literature One of the following:
  • completion of Literature 3/4 with a study score of at least 37; or
  • enrolment in Literature 3/4 after completion of Literature 1/2 with at least an A average.
At least a B+ average
Mathematics One of the following:
  • enrolment in Specialist Mathematics 3/4 and completion of Mathematical Methods 3/4 with a study score of at least 37; or
  • enrolment in Mathematical Methods 3/4 and Specialist Mathematics 3/4 after completion of Mathematical Methods 1/2 with at least an A average and General Mathematics (Specialist Mathematics orientation) 1/2 with at least a B+ average.
At least a B+ average
Media and Communications One of the following:
  • completion of Media 3/4 with a study score of at least 37; or
  • enrolment in Media 3/4 after completion of Media 1/2 with at least an A average.
At least a B+ average
Philosophy One of the following:
  • completion of any humanities 3/4 subject (with an essay-writing component) with a study score of at least 37; or
  • completion of any humanities 1/2 subject (with an essay-writing component) with at least an A average.
Students may be concurrently enrolled in Philosophy 3/4.
At least a B+ average. An average of at least A is also required in essay writing subjects.
Physics One of the following:
  • completion of Physics 3/4 and Mathematical Methods 3/4 with study scores of at least 37; or
  • enrolment in Physics 3/4 and Mathematical Methods 3/4 after completion of Physics 1/2 and Mathematical Methods 1/2 with at least A averages.
Applicants may also be required to complete a selection test.
At least a B+ average
Psychology One of the following:
  • completion of Psychology 3/4 with a study score of at least 38; or
  • enrolment in Psychology 3/4 after completion of Psychology 1/2 with at least an A average.
At least a B+ average

* Prerequisite units are completed prior to the commencement of the Extension Program subject area. Corequisite units may be studied at the same time as the Extension Program subject area. Prerequisite/corequisite subjects for students completing the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma are available upon request by emailing extension-program@unimelb.edu.au.
^ Any completed Units 3/4 subjects (which are not prerequisites) will also be included in this calculation.

Before applying for the Extension Program, it is important that you seek permission from your school and your parent(s) or guardian(s).

Undertaking the Extension Program requires considerable commitment and you should discuss responsibilities such as your Year 12 studies, sport and part-time work with your parents and school.

Please follow the instructions on these forms carefully to ensure that your application is complete.

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