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.
How do I apply?
A full step-by-step guide on how to apply is located on our How to apply page.
I am having trouble with my application
You will not be able to submit an application after the submission deadline. If you are unable to submit your application after this date; this is the reason why. If you are having troubles within the application period, and are receiving an 'error' message; try and submit your application in a new browser like Internet Edge, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Firefox. Be sure to clear your cache and cookies also whilst doing this.
If the above does not work, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Include as much detail as possible about your application including your User ID Number, your name, a screenshot (if applicable) and an overview of the problem you are experiencing.
Where are classes held?
Classes in most subject areas are available after normal school hours (after 4:00 pm), 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.
Who delivers Extension Program classes?
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.
When are classes held?
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.
Timetable details will be available in late 2019.
What are the attendance requirements?
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.
How will I be assessed?
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.
What costs are involved?
There are no tuition fees for the Extension Program. Some School Centres may charge a small administrative fee which, if applicable, is listed against the relevant subject.
What if I become ill or experience other circumstances that affect my study?
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.
What if I withdraw or fail?
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.
Will UMEP give me University credit?
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 advanced standing for that unit, if the completed subjects can be taken as part of the chosen degree.
Being granted advanced standing provides the option of accelerating through a course, or of having a slightly lighter study load at some stage during the degree. In certain cases, an exemption will be awarded to students, in place of credit (which means students will have their prior study recognized but do not receive a contribution to their GPA).
Credit for Extension Program Mathematics studies
More information about credit for students who have completed Extension Program Mathematics is available from the Extension Program Mathematics page.
Will I need to sit a selection test?
Refer to the subject pre-requisites regarding selection tests and/or interviews. Selection tests are held for French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese and Physics and will be completed during January of the year you wish to start. It is expected that you attend the selection test date you are assigned or you may be ineligible for an offer to the subject.
What will the selection test entail?
Our language subjects will require you to undertake our online Language Placement test (if it is deemed necessary), or alternatively via a scheduled interview with the subject area coordinator. The test will determine your proficiency in communicating in your chosen language.
Our Physics selection test will require you to demonstrate your proficiency in mechanics and electricity calculations as per your VCE Unit 1 and 2 Physics studies. Upon completion of the test, your results will be assessed and you will be contacted regarding the success of your application.