2018 CAP applications

How to apply

Step 1 Choose your subjects

Step 2 Choose your mode of study

Step 3 Make sure you’re eligible for the subject

Step 4 Check the application deadline

Step 5 Apply online

Step 1 Choose your subjects

Determine the subject(s) you are interested in studying. Take a look at the University Handbook for details of all subjects offered and click through to see detailed information about specific subjects.

Remember to check the subject availability:

  • When is the subject taught? This will be shown in the Dates & Times section of the Handbook entry for that subject:
  • handbook
  • Is it available to Community Access Program students? See the study areas webpage for details of subjects not available through CAP.
  • Does a quota apply to the subject? See the study areas webpage for details about quota subjects.

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Step 2 Choose your mode of study

Do you want to complete the assessments and be graded for the subject or are you just interested in attending classes? For most subjects you can choose to study in either assessed or non-assessed mode (fees for assessed and non-assessed modes vary).

Assessed mode:

  • You will attend all scheduled classes and learning activities, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, labs, workshops and practicals and complete all set assessment tasks, including examinations (if relevant).
  • Studies are graded/assessed.
  • You will receive an official transcript of results.

Non-assessed mode:

  • You will attend all scheduled classes and learning activities, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, labs, workshops and practicals.
  • Does not involve the submission of formal assessment.
  • You will not be graded/assessed and will not receive an academic transcript.
  • If you are accepted into an award course at a later date your non-assessed studies will not be eligible for advanced standing.

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Step 3 Make sure you’re eligible for the subject

Check that you’re eligible to do the subject:

  • Prerequisites and other entry requirements
  • Current University of Melbourne students
  • International applicants

Prerequisites and other entry requirements

If the prerequisites apply to the subject Community Access Program students will also be required to satisfy them before being eligible to receive an offer. Any prerequisites will be listed in the Prerequisites section of the Handbook entry for that subject:eligible

Some other sections of the Handbook entry which you should also check are:

  • Recommended Background Knowledge
  • Core Participation Requirements.

Although these aren’t required for eligibility they may help you determine your likelihood of successfully completing the subject.

Current University of Melbourne students

Current University of Melbourne students (including international students) who are enrolled in an award program (for example, a Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree) need to obtain approval from Stop 1 to study CAP subjects before applying. You will need to confirm this, in the online application.
Please note that credit for CAP study will not be granted towards your current award course. Student visa holders cannot extend the duration of their course as a result of undertaking CAP study.

International applicants

The ability for you to enrol in this course is conditional upon you obtaining an appropriate visa from the Department of Home Affairs. You can engage the services of a registered migration agent, however, there is usually a fee for service.

If you hold an Australian student visa, please check to see whether undertaking CAP study does not violate your current visa conditions.

You can check your visa entitlements through Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

If you have concerns, please contact Student Visa Support

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Step 4 Check the application deadline

Application closing dates for common study periods:

Semester Teaching period * Application closing date ~
Summer Term 2018 2 January – 25 February 2018 10 December 2017
Semester 1 2018 26 February – 27 May 2018 11 February 2018
Semester 2 2018 23 July – 21 October 2018 8 July 2018

* assessments will still take place after the teaching period is finished

~ Quota subjects may have earlier closing dates, refer to the relevant subject entry in the Handbook.

For subjects with different teaching periods the application closing date is two weeks before the start of teaching.

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Step 5 Apply online

Note – applications for CAP will only open once the University Handbook for the relevant year is available (approximately the end of October).

Applications for single subject studies (CAP) are submitted using the University's Online Application System

  • If you have previously applied to the University of Melbourne, or if you are a current/previous student of the University, you should log into the online application system as a ‘previous applicant, former student, or current student with your current/previous University of Melbourne application ID or student ID
  • If you have not previously applied to, or studied with, the University of Melbourne you will need to register your personal details before applying.

If you experience difficulties with the online application you can log a
help request

It’s a good idea to have the Handbook subject entries open in another browser window as you’ll need the information in them to complete the application.

First you will need to enter the course you wish to apply for. Determine the relevant course code using the table below (if you are applying for both undergraduate and graduate subjects you will need to submit separate applications for each subject level – remember that the subject level applies to the subject, not the background of the applicant):


Mode of study

Subject level
(as listed in the subject Handbook entry)

Next select the study period you’re applying for:step 5

The table below will help you identify which study period you should apply for. If you are applying for more than one subject please use the study period of the subject with the earliest teaching period start date.

2018 teaching period start date * Study period to select
1 December 2017 11 February 2018 Summer
12 February 2018 9 March 2018 Start Year
10 March 2018 31 May 2018 Autumn
1 June 2018 8 July 2018 Winter
9 July 2018 3 August 2018 Mid Year
4 August 2018 30 November 2018 Spring

* This is shown in the in the Dates & Times section of the Handbook entry for that subject:second handbook

Once you’ve added the right combination to your application you can proceed.

Skip the next step which asks you to select scholarships to apply for – this is not relevant for CAP applicants.

Check the details of what you’re applying for and then proceed.

First you’ll be asked to enter details about the specific subject you’re applying for. All of this information should be easily found in the subject Handbook entry. If you’re applying for more than one subject click the button to “Add answer” to enter another set of details. Remember that if you’re applying for multiple subjects the application should contain all undergraduate subjects or all graduate subjects. If you’re applying for both levels of subjects then you’ll need to submit two applications.

Next come opportunities for you to supply secondary school results, academic transcripts and details of work experience. You only need to provide these if you need to prove that you have satisfied prerequisites or other requirements for any subjects you’ve applied for or if you’re applying for a graduate law subject or a subject with a quota.

Make sure you answer all questions in the application that have a star/asterix next to them as these are mandatory. At the end, after you have pressed the button to save and continue you will need to agree to the terms and conditions before submitting the application.

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