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Non-VCE Subject Prerequisites

How can I get my non-VCE study approved as prerequisite study so I can enrol in my first year subjects?

 What is VCE?

The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is the qualification awarded to secondary school students who successfully complete high school level studies (Year 11 and 12 or equivalent) in the Australian state of Victoria.

Students who complete VCE will have their VCE studies automatically recognised as meeting any VCE (or equivalent) prerequisites set on University of Melbourne subjects.

I completed my year 12 studies in an Australian state outside of Victoria

Students who completed their year 12 studies in a state other than Victoria will usually have their secondary study automatically recognised as meeting any VCE (or equivalent) prerequisites set on University of Melbourne subjects.

The interstate Year 12 certificates recognised include:

  • ACT: Year 12 Certificate
  • NSW: Higher School Certificate (HSC)
  • NT/SA: South Australia Certificate of Education (SACE)
  • QLD: Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • SA: South Australia Matriculation (SAM)
  • TAS: Tasmania Certificate of Education (TCE)
  • WA: Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)

If the enrolment system does not recognise your equivalent secondary studies as meeting prerequisites for a particular subject, you can use the Enrolment Variation form to request assistance:

  1. Log in to the Enrolment Variation form
  2. Select the Requisite Waiver option
  3. Upload the transcript from your non-VCE qualification as evidence that you do meet the prerequisite for the subject.

More information on how to use the Enrolment Variation form is available here.

Below you can find a list of some of the most common school qualifications and the subsequent Level 1 subjects that they allow you to enter.

I didn't complete VCE, nor did I complete my year 12 studies under another Australian States' education system

Students admitted to a course based on secondary studies completed under an International Baccalaureate (IB) will have those studies automatically recognised as meeting prerequisites on Level 1 Languages, Maths and Science subjects only.

Students admitted to a course on the basis of another pathway, e.g. Trinity Foundation Studies, GCE A Levels, tertiary studies, will not have those studies automatically recognised as meeting prerequisites set on University of Melbourne subjects, and may have difficulties enrolling in the necessary Level 1 (first year) subjects. These subjects include:

  • CHEM10003 Chemistry 1
  • PHYC10003 Physics 1
  • PHYC10005 Physics 1: Fundamentals
  • PHYC10001 Physics 1: Advanced.
  • PHYC10002 Physics 2: Advanced
  • PHYC10004 Physics 2: Physical Science & Technology
  • PHYC10006 Physics 2: Life Sciences & Environment
  • MAST10005 Calculus 1
  • MAST10006 Calculus 2
  • MAST10007 Linear Algebra
  • MAST10010 Data Analysis
  • MAST10008 Accelerated Mathematics 1
  • MAST10009 Accelerated Mathematics 2
  • ENGR10004 Engineering Systems Design 1
  • ENGR10003 Engineering Systems Design 2
  • ECON10003 Introductory Macroeconomics
  • ECON10004 Introductory Microeconomics
  • FNCE10002 Principles of Finance

If the enrolment system does not recognise your VCE or equivalent secondary studies as meeting prerequisites for a particular subject, you can use the Enrolment Variation form to request assistance:

  1. Log in to the Enrolment Variation form
  2. Select the Requisite Waiver option
  3. Upload the transcript from your non-VCE qualification e.g. final year of secondary school, tertiary studies.

More information on how to use the Enrolment Variation form is available here.

Below you can find dropdown lists of some of the most common school qualifications and the subsequent Level 1 subjects that they allow you to enter.

Level 1 (First year) Chemistry

International Baccalaureate students:

  • Students who completed HL or SL Chemistry should enrol in Chemistry 1 followed by Chemistry 2 (Chemistry 2 requires the successful completion of Chemistry 1)
  • Students who did not complete Chemistry should enrol in Fundamentals of Chemistry in Semester 1

GCE A-Level students, Trinity College Foundation Studies students, or South Australian Matriculation (SAM) students:

  • Students who completed Chemistry should enrol in Chemistry 1 followed by Chemistry 2 (Chemistry 2 requires the successful completion of Chemistry 1)
  • Students who did not complete Chemistry should enrol in Fundamentals of Chemistry in Semester 1

Level 1 (First year) Mathematics

Your mathematics options depend on your school qualification and the particular subjects and options that you studied. Below we list mathematics options for some of the most common school qualifications. If you completed other qualifications or other mathematics subjects/options please use the Enrolment Variation form to request a requisite waiver and attach a copy of your transcript from your non-VCE qualification.
Secondary Education Subject Studied Level Achieved Maths Option
 VCE     Specialist Mathematics 3/4 or equivalent  Greater than or equal to 38  I
 Specialist Mathematics 3/4 or equivalent  30 - 37  II
 Specialist Mathematics 3/4 or equivalent  29  III
 Specialist Mathematics 3/4 or equivalent  Less than or equal to 28  IV
 Mathematical Methods 3/4 only or equivalent  Greater than or equal to 25  IV
 International Baccalaureate  HL Mathematics  Greater than or equal to 6  I
 HL Mathematics  4 or 5  II
 SL Mathematics  Greater than or equal to 4  IV
 GCE A-Level CIE (Cambridge)  P1, P3 + 2 options  A or A+  I
 P1, P3 + 2 options  C - B+  II
Note: GCE A-Level students who have completed other A-Levels or other combinations of mathematics subjects should speak with a course adviser in the Maths/Stats Learning Centre in regards to selecting appropriate subjects
 Trinity College Foundation Studies  Mathematics 2* and Mathematics 1  *Greater than or equal to 90  I
 Mathematics 2* and Mathematics 1  *50 - 89  II
 Mathematics 1  Greater than or equal to 50  IV

*High achieving non-VCE students will not be eligible to enrol in Calculus 1

Students who have completed any of the above school qualifications are eligible to enrol into ECON10003, ECON10004, ENGR10004 and ENGR10003.

Maths options


Maths Option Eligible subjects Ineligible subjects
 I
MAST10006 Calculus 2
MAST10007 Linear Algebra
MAST10008 Accelerated Mathematics 1
MAST10009 Accelerated Mathematics 2
MAST10010 Data Analysis 1
MAST10022 Linear Algebra: Advanced
MAST10021 Calculus: Advanced
 MAST10005 Calculus 1
 II
MAST10006 Calculus 2
MAST10007 Linear Algebra
MAST10010 Data Analysis 1
MAST10022 Linear Algebra: Advanced
MAST10021 Calculus: Advanced
MAST10005 Calculus 1
MAST10008 Accelerated Mathematics 1
MAST10009 Accelerated Mathematics 2
 III
MAST10005 Calculus 1
MAST10006 Calculus 2
MAST10007 Linear Algebra
MAST10010 Data Analysis 1
MAST10022 Linear Algebra: Advanced
MAST10021 Calculus: Advanced
MAST10008 Accelerated Mathematics 1
MAST10009 Accelerated Mathematics 2
 IV MAST10005 Calculus 1
MAST10010 Data Analysis 1
MAST10006 Calculus 2*
MAST10007 Linear Algebra*
MAST10008 Accelerated Mathematics 1
MAST10009 Accelerated Mathematics 2

*eligible to study after successful completion of MAST10005 Calculus 1

In some cases, students who fall slightly short of the criterion for entry into the Accelerated Mathematics subjects MAST10008 and MAST10009 may sit a 90 minute Advanced Placement Test, and if successful, enrol in MAST10008 and MAST10009. Contact the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for the time and venue of the test.

Students who have taken a Mathematics Extension/Enhancement Studies subject in Year 12 (e.g. UMEP Mathematics or Monash Enhancement) should seek advice about their subject choices from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

If you have any questions regarding Mathematics and Statistics subjects, email the Mathematics and Statistics Learning Centre (MSLC)

Level 1 (First year) Physics


International Baccalaureate HL/SL Trinity College Foundation Studies GCE A Level
 Physics 1: Advanced

Physics:  5HL/7SL
Mathematics: 4HL/6SL

85 Physics
85 Mathematics
A Physics
B Mathematics
 Physics 1 Physics** Physics** Physics**
 Physics 1: Fundamentals None* None* None*

*High Achieving students who have undertaken Physics at Year 12 level are not eligible to enrol in Fundamentals
**Students who have not completed VCE Specialist Mathematics 3/4 or equivalent are recommended to enrol in Calculus 1.