Frequently asked questions

What benefits will the students receive?

  • Students will gain access to ANU, one of Australia's leading universities. This will include access to the library and computer systems and other cutting edge facilities at ANU.
  • Student's course scores will be credited toward the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate and may be eligible to be used in the calculation of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) in the ACT.
  • Students who successfully undertake studies in ANU Extension can receive an early offer of entry into an ANU bachelor degree program as part of the ANU Spirit of Excellence Entrance (ANUSEE) Scheme and receive credit towards the bachelor degree for the studies successfully completed, even possibly to the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours), or PhB.
  • Students who successfully complete the program will gain credit towards their studies at ANU in each of the subject areas completed.

What subjects are being taught?

Classes will be presented in specialist mathematics, a suite of science courses, Continuing and Advanced Japanese, Discovering Engineering, Continuing Chinese, Indonesian and Advanced  music. The programs have been developed by expert senior secondary teachers and ANU academics. They will be presented by ANU educators and expert senior secondary teachers.  

Can students enrol in more than one subject?

Normally students will enrol in only one course per year, but in exceptional circumstances and depending on timetabling may enrol in two courses.

When and where are classes be held?

Classes are held on weekday afternoons (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at present) at ANU in two hour periods from 4:30pm to 6.30pm or 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Students attend one two hour session per week per course. Advanced music students may be  required to attend up to 4 hours per week.

What does a course involve?

ANU Extension courses have ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies H course classification. When completed, they are treated as stand-alone minors and have the same identifier as the corresponding T course. Advanced Music may constitute the equivalent of a major if studied over two years.

Scaled scores from H courses are available for inclusion in the calculation of a student's aggregate score within the limit that the maximum course weight is 2.0 within the same course area.

Who is eligible to enrol?

Students wishing to enter ANU Extension program should have a confirmed enrolment at an ACT College or school (whether Government or non-Government). College co-requisites for ANU Extension courses are outlined below. Students must be granted entry into ANU Extension through a selection process.

  • Specialist mathematics - major/minor in specialist maths
  • Physics - major in physics
  • Chemistry - major in chemistry
  • Biodiversity - major in maths methods and biology or chemistry or any rigorous T science course
  • Continuing Japanese - may be enrolled in at least continuing Japanese in year 11 at their home college
  • Advanced Japanese - at least continuing Japanese in year 11 at their home college
  • Chinese - may be enrolled in Continuing Chinese in their home college or studying Chinese at a community school
  • Astrophysics - major in Physics
  • Discovering Engineering - Specialist mathematics. If a student is enrolled in mathematics Methods their enrolment in this course will be dependent on a recommendationfrom their home college and a consideration of other courses in which they are enrolled
  • Indonesian - studied individually
  • Korean - may be enrolled in Korean in their home college or studying Korean at a community school
  • Astrophysics - major in Physics
  • Advanced music Jazz or Classical -  to be offered a place in the course students must be successful in their application and auditions

How many students will be selected?

The initial intake in each subject area is up to 35 students.

Who selects the students?

Students will be selected by a panel made up of an ANU, government, independent sector and Catholic sector representative. Selection will be based on selection test results, applications and information from schools.

What are the costs?

Students undertaking ANU Extension will be enrolling in an academic award course of the University. The University will set the HECS fee at $0 for these students. Subsequent ANU studies undertaken after the completion of year 12 will be subject to the relevant fee.
The program will be open to Australian Domestic students or those who hold permanent residency. .
There may be costs associated with some courses, such as the purchase of textbooks.

What is the timetable?

February (week 2, term 1) Students should have completed an on-line application.
End February Selection test held
Mid/late March Notification of outcome of selection process.
Early April Orientation afternoon at ANU for commencing Year 11 students.
Term 2 Year 11 classes commence at ANU and continue through Terms 3 and 4.
Terms 1-3 following year Classes continue at ANU.
Term 4 Results from ANU Extension will be scaled by the Board of Senior Secondary Studies to give a course score for an ANU Extension  minor.

* PLEASE NOTE: Students who wish to apply for H-courses through the Open School of Music are required to register for an audition prior to application through ANU extension. Advanced music audition applications open through the Open School of Music tab on the School of Music webpage. For more information see the website at   Audition applications for the 2017 intake will open in June, 2016 and close on the 6th November. To enquire about the 2017 intake, please email us at

What will happen if students withdraw part way through?

If a student completes insufficient H units to form a course, then the units may be included in the home college course in the same course area but will not contribute to the course score.

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