Single subject entry

Enrolling in a single subject or 'unit' gives you a taste of university life and is a great pathway into a La Trobe course. Completing a single subject doesn't guarantee your admission, but a strong performance can help your application. You might also be eligible for credit ‒ also known as advanced standing ‒ if you do start a degree.

How do I apply?

Step 1: search for a course

Search for an area of study and check the 'short courses' section to see if single subject entry is offered.

Step 2: check the requirements

Check the 'prerequisites' section to check the course requirements. If you haven't studied at university before, we recommend starting with first-year subjects.

Step 3: submit your application

Complete the Single Unit Studies Application Form [PDF 262KB] and send it to Ask La Trobe. Colleges usually accept applications until late February for Semester 1 (starting in March) and mid to late July for Semester 2 (starting in late July).

Things to note:

  • Not all subjects (units) are offered each year, and changes may occur to subjects, fees, assessment and admission requirements. The University may also set limits on the number of students in a subject.
  • The relevant Head of School (or nominee) and College Office must approve your application. Approvals are not automatic, and each college has the right to refuse admission to any applicant.
  • If you’re an international student, you must meet your study visa conditions.

How much do single subjects cost?

To find out the cost of the subjects that interest you, look up the unit code in our fee calculator or ask the relevant college. Keep in mind, you may also need to buy textbooks or reading materials.

Can I do a subject without being assessed?

You can apply to be a non-assessed (audit unit) student, which means you can attend classes without completing assessment tasks. This is a great option if you're studying for personal interest and unlikely to apply for a degree. Contact the relevant college to find out which subjects are available to audit and how much they cost.

Entry schemes

These options can also help with your application: