ANU Extension Program

The Australian National University offers the ANU Extension Program (formally known as ANU Secondary College).

It’s a program designed for year 11 and 12 students in ACT schools and colleges. You can enrol in an ANU academic award program and study courses in:

  • Astrophysics
  • Biodiversity
  • Chemistry
  • Discovering Engineering
  • Physics
  • Special mathematics
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Chinese

If you successfully complete the course, ANU Extension will give you priority through the Admission, Scholarships and Accommodation application system and may receive an early offer of entry into an ANU bachelor degree program.  You could receive credit towards the bachelor degree, which means that you’ll have less work to do and less pressure in your first year at Uni.

Your course scores will also be credited toward the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate and may be eligible to be used in the calculation of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) in the ACT.

Course taken while your still at Uni are subsided and FREE, there may be some costs associated with materials (books etc.) and travel.

Applications for 2020 candidates will open in mid September, and you can apply online. Keep an eye on the webpage for more information if you’d like to apply.

The timetable for the program looks like this:

February (week 2, term 1)Students should have completed an on-line application.
End FebruarySelection test held
Mid/late MarchNotification of outcome of selection process.
Early AprilOrientation afternoon at ANU for commencing Year 11 students.
Term 2Year 11 classes commence at ANU and continue through Terms 3 and 4.
Terms 1-3 following yearClasses continue at ANU.
Term 4Results from ANU Extension will be scaled by the Board of Senior Secondary Studies to give a course score for an ANU Extension  minor.


Even if you choose not to go to ANU after high school, you’ll be boosting your ATAR, learning great new study skills, getting a taster of courses you think you’d like to study. And, it’ll look great on your resume.

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