What to do if you fail a subject

Core subjects

If you fail a core subject that is a prerequisite for other subjects, you will automatically be withdrawn from any upcoming dependent subjects (if applicable). For example, if you fail ABC101 in Semester 1, you will be automatically withdrawn from ABC102 in Semester 2. To complete your course you will need to re-attempt and pass the failed core subject, and then complete any dependent subjects. The failed subject will appear in your study plan (in StudentOnLine) with a ‘planned’ status to prompt you to re-enrol in it at the next available opportunity. Students studying through partner institutions that don’t use StudentOnLine will need to re-enrol through their institution.

Elective subjects

If you fail an elective subject you will need to pass another subject to make up the credit points. You can re-attempt the same elective, or you can choose a different elective (worth the same number of credit points).

Re-attempting subjects:
When re-attempting a failed subject you don’t receive credit (academic or financial) for the previous attempt. You need to complete all assessments and tasks (you cannot resubmit old work), and you will be required to pay the normal fees.

Academic progression

You will also receive an email sent to your student email address outlining actions you need to take to improve your progress and remain in your course.
Depending on your academic performance, you may be asked to:

  • Seek academic support, such as attend a study skills workshop.
  • Meet with your course or discipline coordinator to discuss your progress.
  • Attend an Unsatisfactory Progress Committee meeting.

For more information see the Academic progress review policy.

You can find details of our study assistance and personal support services on the Your academic progress website, listed under Support available to you. You can also register to attend our Academic Recovery Workshops via the LMS academic progress site.

If you have more questions about academic progression, read our frequently asked questions (FAQs).