single degree

Diploma of Advanced Studies

A single one year undergraduate award offered by the ANU Wide

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan EADST
  • Field of Education
    • Society and Culture
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan EADST
  • Field of Education
    • Society and Culture

Program Requirements

The Diploma of Advanced Studies requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

6 units from completion courses from the following list:

EXTN1001 Astrophysics

EXTN1002 Chemistry

EXTN1003 Chinese Secondary Extension - Continuing

EXTN1004 Conservation Biology

EXTN1005 Discovering Engineering

EXTN1006 Japanese Secondary Extension - Continuing

EXTN1007 Japanese Secondary Extension - Advanced

EXTN1008 Korean Beginning Secondary - Extension

EXTN1009 Korean Continuing Secondary - Extension

EXTN1010 Performing Indonesian Language Secondary Extension

EXTN1011 Physics

EXTN1012 Specialist Mathematics

42 units from the completion of 1000-level courses offered by ANU

Students must be awarded a year 12 certificate with an ATAR of 80 or higher to progress to 1000-level courses in subject areas other than EXTN Extension.

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Admission Requirements

For domestic students

  • Concurrent full-time enrolment in year 11 or 12 at a secondary school while enrolled in the EXTN Extension courses.
  • Enrolment in any co-requisite subjects at the student’s home school
  • Permission from the student’s school principal to enrol in the program.
  • Satisfactory performance in the ANU Extension selection test
  • Completion of the ANU Extension application form

In addition to the above, international students must meet the University’s English Language requirements.

A draft Principals recommendation form is attached. This will be used in conjunction with the current application form (attached as separate PDF) for ANU Secondary College, ensuring that the preferred subjects for the students are entered and any further technical details required to admit the student.

Students must be awarded a year 12 certificate with an ATAR of 80 or higher to progress to 1000-level courses in subject areas other than EXTN Extension

Adjustment Factors

The National Access Scheme 2014

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to all applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded.

Bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.

How to apply

Academic Bonus Points: senior secondary students do not need to apply for ANU academic bonus points. They are automatically added in accordance with the schedule.

Educational Access Scheme: senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is part of the Priority School Funding Program or Country Areas Program. All other applicants should refer to  for more information.


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Diploma of Advanced Studies enables capable senior secondary students to commence undergraduate level study while concurrently enrolled in year 11 or 12. The Diploma of Advanced Studies is broad-based in conceptual and theoretical content.

Students enrolled in an EXTN Extension course must be concurrently enrolled in years 11 or 12. Applicants for the ANU Extension course must receive the endorsement of their school principal prior to being admitted to the Diploma of Advanced Studies program; students must also meet co-requisite study requirements at their home schools. Results obtained in the EXTN Extension course may contribute towards the calculation of a student’s ATAR. A selection process for entry to an EXTN Extension course is based upon the results of a test in the area of study.

The Diploma of Advanced Studies offers subjects in disciplines of national priority, including mathematics, sciences, and Asian languages. Students who successfully complete an EXTN Extension course in the Bachelor of Studies may be offered transfer into a bachelor degree for further in-depth study and professional preparation.

Some EXTN Extension courses will be available through low bandwidth on-line or blended delivery enabling students who do not live near the ANU Acton campus to undertake the program. A virtual hall of residence supports student transition to tertiary study with tutor study support provided by undergraduate students.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

This program is available for applications until second semester, 2018

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