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.

A full step-by-step guide on how to apply is located on our How to apply page.

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 contact us on (03) 8344 5538 or alternatively emails us on extension-program@unimelb.edu.au. 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. We will do our best to assist you with your application.

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.

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 2018, 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 2019, 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.

Refer to your subject area's pre-requisites as to whether you will need to sit a selection test and/or interview. Selection tests are typically only held for French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese and Physics and will be completed during January of the commencing cohort year (between early to mid-January). It is expected that students attend the selection test at the allotted time otherwise the Extension Program may not be able to make you an offer to study the subject.

Our language subjects will require you to undertake our online Language Placement test online (if it is deemed necessary), or alternatively via a scheduled interview with our language subject area coordinator. The tests 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 in time you will be contacted regarding the success of your application.

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