Step 5: Plan your course

Choosing the right subjects allows you to make the most of your course and your university experience. Use our resources to plan your course so you’ll be ready to enrol in your subjects.

Understand your course structure and plan your subjects

Each course has a specific structure and set of requirements which must be met in order to be eligible to graduate. A key feature of most undergraduate courses is the flexibility to try out different disciplines and to tailor majors and specialisations to your interests and goals.

Check your prerequisites

Prerequisites are subjects or other requirements that must be successfully completed before you can enrol in a subsequent, more advanced subject. Prerequisites ensure that all students who enrol in a subject have sufficient background knowledge to cope with the subject content.

  • VCE students

    Students who have completed their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) will usually have their prerequisite subjects automatically approved. If the enrolment system does not recognise your VCE prerequisites you can use the Enrolment Variation form to request assistance.

  • Non-VCE students

    If you have completed your Year 12 studies in a state other than Victoria you will usually have your prerequisite subjects automatically approved.

    • Students admitted to a course based on secondary studies completed under an International Baccalaureate (IB) will have prerequisites automatically approved for Level 1 Languages, Maths and Science subjects only.
    • If you have been admitted to a course on the basis of a pathway other than VCE (e.g. Trinity Foundation Studies, GCE A Levels), your prerequisites will not be automatically recognised by the University’s enrolment system. You will be prevented from enrolling into subjects until you have your prerequisites approved. To do this, read our helpful FAQ on non-VCE prerequisites.
    • If the enrolment system does not recognise your previous education (e.g. IB, Trinity Foundation Studies, GCE A levels) you can use the Enrolment Variation form to request assistance.

Advanced standing (credit for prior learning)

If you have completed prior tertiary study, you may be eligible for advanced standing towards a new course. Advanced standing may be granted as:

  • Exempt subjects (for equivalent subjects completed at another institution)
  • Credited subjects (for subjects completed in another University of Melbourne course)
  • General advanced standing (for unspecified credit).

Find out how to apply for advanced standing.

Explore your course resources

Need help?

If you need further assistance with planning your course and subjects, you can book an appointment to speak with a course adviser. Find out more.

I've planned my course. What's next?

Step 6: Enrol in your subjects