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Frequently Asked Questions

Applying to complete an Extension Program subject in addition to your other commitments is a decision that needs to be carefully considered. The following questions and answers may assist with your decision.

No. The Extension Program is designed to be taken alongside a full VCE or IB workload. To study more than one subject area at a time would be unmanageable for most students and would compromise the aims of the Program.

The location of Extension Program classes depends on the subject area you choose to study. Classes are held either on campus at the University of Melbourne in Parkville, off campus at an Extension Program School Centre or a combination of both.

See the full list of subject areas and locations of School Centres.

Subject areas delivered on campus are taught by University of Melbourne academics, lecturers and tutors. Classes at School Centres are delivered by secondary teachers who have been trained by the University to teach the Extension Program subject.

As an Extension Program student, you will experience a different teaching and learning environment to secondary school.

  • Subject areas delivered on campus: You will generally attend a combination of lectures and tutorials. In some cases you may also be required to attend practical classes.
  • Class duration: Lectures are usually one hour long, and tutorials one to two hours long. Some lectures are also recorded and available to download.
  • Class size: Depending on the subject, the number of students in a lecture can range anywhere from 60 to 500 people. Tutorials are much smaller in size and usually consist of 10–30 people.
  • Students: you can expect to be studying with a much wider range of people than at school — students from different schools, mature age students, students from outside Victoria, and students from different countries or cultural backgrounds.

Classes in most subject areas are available after normal school hours (after 4:00pm), although this cannot always be guaranteed. Subjects with a practical component may require attendance during school hours or holidays. The Extension Program coordinator will assist students to request entry into their preferred classes.

Subjects delivered on campus follow the standard University timetable. For subjects delivered off campus, the School Centre determines the timetable and hours of study per week.

University and School Centre timetable details will be available in October 2017, and we strongly recommend that you investigate the timetable requirements before applying.

The number of classes and the time commitment each week depend both on the subject area studied and where classes are held. It is important to note that many subjects have a compulsory attendance requirement, particularly for tutorials. In addition to formal class time, all subjects require several hours of private study each week.

Assessment is generally made on the basis of assignments, essays, tutorial work, practical work and exams. Assessment is normally conducted by University academic staff and varies between subject areas. If Extension Program assessment tasks or exams clash with your VCE or IB studies, the Extension Program coordinator will organise for these tasks to be rescheduled so they do not compromise your existing school commitments.

There are no tuition fees for Extension Program students in 2018, however some School Centres may charge a fee to cover teaching and administrative costs. School Centre fees will be indicated on the Extension Program website when confirmed. Other costs that should be considered are those associated with textbooks and transport to and from classes.

If you experience illness or any other circumstances that adversely affect your Extension Program studies you can apply for special consideration from the University. You may be granted an extension of time to complete a piece of assessment or be allowed to sit an exam at a different time.

Students with a disability or long-term medical condition may be eligible for assistance from the University’s Student Equity and Disability Support service. Please contact the Extension Program office for more information.

Students who withdraw from the Extension Program will not experience any disadvantage when subsequently applying to study at the University of Melbourne or at any other tertiary institution.

Students who wish to withdraw must formally notify the University using the online withdrawal form. Students who fail an Extension Program subject will be automatically withdrawn from the program without penalty.

A student who withdraws from or fails to satisfactorily complete the prerequisite or preparatory VCE subject/s (where they are completing this alongside their Extension studies, during Year 12) will not be eligible for an increment in their ATAR calculation, regardless of their performance in their Extension Program studies

Students who successfully complete subject areas as part of the Extension Program and subsequently enrol in a University of Melbourne undergraduate course may be granted credit for that study, if the completed subjects can be taken as part of the chosen degree.

Being granted credit provides the option of accelerating through a course, or of having a slightly lighter study load at some stage during the degree. Alternatively, students may decide not to receive credit but instead obtain an exemption from a subject which gives time to take additional subjects and thus gain a broader degree.

More information about credit for students who have completed Extension Program Mathematics is available from the Extension Program Mathematics page.

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