Frequently asked questions

Read answers to common questions about ANU Extension including enrolment, cost and dates.

What benefits will I receive?


  • gain access to The Australian National University, one of Australia's leading universities. This will include access to the library and computer systems and other cutting edge facilities at ANU.
  • 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.
  • who successfully undertake studies in ANU Extension can submit a direct application to ANU  through the Admission, Scholarships and Accommodation application system, and may gain a priority placement, when all other requirements including the ATAR requirements are met.
  • may receive an early offer of entry into an ANU bachelor degree.
  • who successfully complete the program will gain credit towards their studies at ANU for the ANU Extension subject completed.

What subjects are taught?

Courses are taught in:

  • specialist mathematics
  • a range of science courses
  • continuing and advanced Japanese
  • discovering engineering
  • creative computing
  • commerce
  • continuing Chinese
  • Indonesian politics and culture
  • Korean language and culture

The courses have been developed and will be presented by ANU educators and expert senior secondary teachers.

When and where are classes held?

Classes are held on weekday afternoons (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) at ANU in 2-hour periods from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Students attend one 2-hour class per week per course.

How much does it cost?

Students undertaking ANU Extension will be enrolling in an academic award course of the University. The HECS fee is $0 for these students. Subsequent ANU studies undertaken after the completion of year 12 will be subject to the relevant fee.

There may be costs associated with some courses, such as the purchase of textbooks.

Who is eligible to enrol?

ANU Extension is open to Australian domestic students or permanent residents.

You need a confirmed enrolment at an ACT college or school (government or non-government) to apply to ANU Extension. Students are granted entry through a selection process.

College co-requisites

College co-requisites for courses apply.

Course Co-requisite
Astrophysics Major in Physics
Physics Major in Physics
Chemistry Major in Chemistry
Biodiversity Major in Maths Methods and T Biology or Chemistry or any rigorous T science course
Specialist Mathematics Major/minor in Specialist Maths
Creative Computing Major in any T Information Technology or Arts framework course
Discovering Engineering Enrolled in Mathematics Methods, dependent on a recommendation from your home college and a consideration of other courses in which you are enrolled
Continuing Japanese Enrolled in at least continuing Japanese in Year 11 at your home college
Advanced Japanese At least continuing Japanese in Year 11 at your home college
Continuing Chinese Enrolled in Continuing Chinese in your home college or studying Chinese at a community school. A major in a tertiary rich English program
Indonesian Culture and Politics Studied individually. A major in a tertiary rich english program
Korean language and Culture Enrolled in Korean in your home college or studying Korean at a community school is advised. A major in a tertiary rich English program
Global Perspectives in Commerce Major in either T Accounting, Business or Economics

Can I enrol in more than one subject?

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

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 key dates?

February (Week 2, Term 1) Students should have completed an online application
End February Selection tests held
Mid-late March Notification of outcome of selection process
Early April Orientation 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

How does it affect my course score?

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.

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.

What happens if I withdraw part way through?

If you complete 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.