Why study a single subject?

"I am enjoying meeting lots of great people!"

"I love studying at the University of Melbourne, both for the interesting skills and knowledge I am acquiring and also for the social aspect. I am enjoying meeting lots of great people!"

Liz had been working as a doctor for eight years when a significant life event made her consider a career change. She has rediscovered her love for maths through single subjects Linear Algebra and Calculus, which she is studying to qualify for entrance into the Master of Engineering (Civil).

Elizabeth Judson
CAP Student

"I am enjoying meeting lots of great people!"

Elizabeth Judson
CAP Student

Single subject study can contribute to your career development, strengthen your academic record, or help you to pursue personal and professional interests. At the University of Melbourne we refer to single subject study as the Community Access Program (CAP).

There are lots of reasons to enrol in a single subject:

Satisfy prerequisites for an undergraduate or graduate degree

Successful completion of specific subjects (in assessed mode) can satisfy the prerequisite requirements for an undergraduate or graduate course at the University of Melbourne.

For example, the following CAP (assessed mode) subjects can be completed by prospective undergraduate applicants who need to satisfy prerequisites:

VCE Units 3 and 4 prerequisite

CAP (assessed mode) subject*


Choose one of the following:
Biology of Cells and Organisms or Genetics and the Evolution of Life


Fundamentals of Chemistry


Choose one of the following:
Modern and Contemporary Literature
Literature and Performance

Mathematical Methods

Introduction to Mathematics


Physics 1: Fundamentals

Specialist Mathematics

Calculus 1

*Refer to the University Handbook for more information about these subjects.

If the required result is achieved in the above subjects, these will be deemed equivalent to meeting the VCE subject prerequisite. For prerequisite VCE subjects that require a study score of 25 listed above, a pass (50 – 64 per cent) in the corresponding CAP (assessed mode) subject listed above will be required to satisfy the prerequisite.

A pathway to undergraduate study at Melbourne

If you are eligible to apply under the Non-school leaver entry pathway, you could satisfy the entry requirements for our undergraduate degrees by completing four subjects via the Community Access Program.

Academic rehabilitation

Completion of single subjects in assessed mode is one way that previous University of Melbourne students may demonstrate academic rehabilitation (refer to the Academic Progress Review Procedure for more details).

Advance your career

You can develop your knowledge and skills and could gain a professional edge in your career.

For those wishing to study single subjects in order to meet other professional and award course entry requirements, such as overseas-trained professionals, we also have alternative programs that may be more suitable.

Explore a new area or career path

You can test the waters with one or two subjects before deciding whether your interest can become your new career. Single subject study allows you to explore your options before taking the leap into a full degree.

Whether you’re a student at the University of Melbourne or at another tertiary institution, you can also take single subjects outside your degree. If you're a current University of Melbourne student, approval from your home faculty or graduate school is required before applying for CAP, and credit will not be granted towards your current award course.

Learn something new at Australia's leading university

You can choose to study from a huge range of subjects to suit your personal and professional interests – from accounting to zoology and everything in between. You will be taught by expert teachers and researchers who are at the forefront of their field.

Be supported while you study

Even if you’re only completing a single subject at Melbourne, you’ll still have access to our student support services.