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Bachelor of Studies

A single three year undergraduate award offered by the ANU Wide and The Australian National University

  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
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  • Academic plan BSTUD
  • Post Nominal
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic plan BSTUD
  • Post Nominal

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Studies requires the completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units can come from completion of 1000-level courses

A minimum of 36 units must come from completion of 3000-level courses

A minimum of 96 units must come from completion of courses from one ANU College



The 144 units must consist of:

6 units from completion courses from the following list:

EXTN1001B Astrophysics B

EXTN1002B Chemistry B

EXTN1003B Chinese Secondary Extension - Continuing B

EXTN1004B Conservation Biology B

EXTN1005B Discovering Engineering B

EXTN1006B Japanese Secondary Extension - Continuing B

EXTN1007B Japanese Secondary Extension - Advanced B

EXTN1008B Korean Beginning Secondary - Extension B

EXTN1009B Korean Continuing Secondary - Extension B

EXTN1010B Performing Indonesian Language Secondary Extension B

EXTN1011B Physics B

EXTN1012B Specialist Mathematics B

EXTN1013 Advanced Music (Jazz)

EXTN1014 Advanced Music (Classical)


48 units from the completion of one major offered by ANU


24 units from the completion of one minor or specialisation offered by the same ANU College as the major


66 units from the completion of elective courses offered by ANU

To be able to progress to subject areas other than EXTN Extension, students must be awarded a year 12 certificate with an ATAR of 80 or higher.

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

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:
- An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
- A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
- At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
- An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.
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More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found HERE.
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The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.
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Domestic applicant entry requirements
Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on an ATAR equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements
International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

QLD Band:
International Baccalaureate:

Adjustment Factors

ANU offers rank adjustments for a number of adjustment factors, including for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. Rank adjustments are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 points (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustments, maximum 10 equity-based adjustments and maximum 5 Elite Athlete adjustments) will be awarded. Subject and performance-based adjustments do not apply to programs with a minimum selection rank of 98 or higher. Visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further 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 Bachelor of Studies enables capable domestic senior secondary students to commence undergraduate level study while concurrently enrolled in year 11 or 12. The Bachelor of 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 Bachelor of 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 Bachelor of 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.

NOTE: This program is not available for international 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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theories and factual content of their major and other related fields of study;
  2. Analyse and critically evaluate ideas and solve problems;
  3. Identify and interpret relevant data and ideas and make informed judgements about these; and
  4. Communicate ideas, problems and solutions clearly, precisely and succinctly.

Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

Many EXTN courses require students to enrol in both part 'A' and 'B'.  If you choose a part 'B' course to meet your 6-unit EXTN requirement, e.g. EXTN1005 Discovering Engineering B, make sure you've completed the corresponding part 'A' course.

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