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Single subject study through the University’s Community Access Program (CAP) is a rewarding way to contribute to your career development, strengthen your academic record and pursue personal and professional interests.

What is the Community Access Program (CAP)?

The Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree. The Community Access Program (CAP) provides an excellent opportunity if you want to:

  • Learn something new
  • Return to study
  • Advance your career
  • Pursue an interest outside your current academic program
  • Enhance your academic record
  • Explore an area of study before committing to more intensively

Why study a single subject?

There are a lot of reasons to enrol in a single subject.

  • Pathway to University study: Enhance your chances of selection into an undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne through assessed single subject study.
  • Meet prerequisites for an undergraduate degree: Completing specific subjects can help you meet prerequisite subjects for an undergraduate or graduate course at the University of Melbourne.
  • Advanced your degree: Develop your knowledge and skills and get a professional edge in your career.
  • Explore a new interest or career path: You can explore a new area or career path before leaping into a full degree.

What is the difference between assessed/non-assessed mode?

For most subjects, you may choose to study in either assessed or non-assessed mode.

  • Assessed mode means that your studies are graded and you will receive an official academic transcript of results. You must attend all lectures, tutorials and practical classes. Tuition fees are higher due to the examination component.
  • Non-Assessed mode means you will attend lectures only. You will not be graded or assessed, and your enrolment will be approved by faculties or graduate schools on a discretionary basis. Tuition fees are lower than the assessed mode.

What are the tuition fees for CAP?

Tuition fees depends on what discipline you are studying, and whether you are taking an assessed or non-assessed subject.

For more information on fees, see the list of current CAP fees.

How do I apply?

Step 1. Choose your subjects

Explore the list of study areas available to Community Access Program (CAP) students, and then refer to the University Handbook for detailed information about single subjects.

Please also refer to the detailed instructions on how to apply.

Step 2. Meet the entry requirements

  • Meeting entry requirements includes meeting any subject prerequisites and other requirements if applicable. Refer to the University Handbook for further information.
  • 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.

Step 3. Complete an application

  • 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 'Returning applicant, current student or previous 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 submitting your single subject studies (CAP) application.

For further information please read the Online Application Information Page.

Applications for single subject studies are submitted using the University's Online Application System.

Step 4. Enrol in your subject

You will be advised of the outcome of your application via email (sent to the email address in your application). If your application is successful, you will receive information about how to accept your offer and complete the enrolment process online.