The Extension Studies Program provides a taste of university life for high-achieving South Australian senior secondary school students while also giving the opportunity to complement and extend their SACE or International Baccalaureate studies.
It will suit students who have the maturity to adjust to a university learning environment. University study demands more independent learning through a student’s own reading, research, online work, and writing.
Participation requires considerable commitment and we recommend students seek guidance from their support network beforehand to make sure it will be manageable.
Students can enrol in a maximum of one university topic per semester while completing Year 12. View the available topics below.
The Extension Studies Program offers high-achieving senior secondary students the opportunity to:
Flinders University will offer half fee scholarships to support students to undertake Extension Studies topics. This will require the student’s school or parents/caregivers to fund half of the tuition fee for each topic. The University will cover the Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Domestic students undertaking Extension Studies topics will be charged at the Non-Award rate. As this rate varies by topic, please refer to the full list of topics available for confirmation.
International students undertaking Extension Studies topics will be charged the minimum indicative course fee for fee-paying overseas students. As these rates vary by topic, please contact us by email at email@example.com for confirmation.
The Extension Studies Program is open to Year 12 students from all schools in South Australia. The content and workload has been designed to suit high-achieving students.
There are many topics available as part of the program and students may choose to study a maximum of one topic per semester.
See the full list of topics available below.
As part of the application process students will be required to obtain permission from both their school and their parent/guardian.
Download the Extension Studies Application Form (PDF 398KB).
All applications should be completed, signed by school representatives, parents/caregivers and the student.
When submitting the application please remember to include school and parent/guardian permission. Applications without school and parent/guardian permission will not be considered.
Email completed applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All students admitted to the program will be expected to attend an orientation day on campus in February which will involve:
School staff and parents are welcome to participate in this orientation day.
Extension Studies students will be assessed the same as university students. At the end of each semester we will post an official transcript of the student’s results to their school. It is the school’s responsibility to forward these results to the SACE Board. The University grading system is High Distinction, Distinction, Credit, Pass, Fail.
If students want to withdraw from a topic we recommend they seek guidance from their family, teachers, lecturer, or tutor first.
If students choose to withdraw from a topic after they are enrolled, it is essential that we are notified before the due date by completing the Topic Withdrawal Form. Email us at email@example.com to be sent this form.
|Topic Code||Topic Name||Subject Area||Semester||On campus||Distance / Online|
|AGES1002||Attitudes, Language and Communication Influencing the Experience of Ageing||Ageing Studies||NS1 or NS2||Yes|
|AGES1004||Mental Health and Psychological Well-being in Later Life||Ageing Studies||NS1 or NS2||Yes|
|AGES1010||The Experience of Dementia: People Perspectives||Ageing Studies||NS2||Yes|
|AGES1012||Quality Care and Support of People with Dementia||Ageing Studies||NS1||Yes|
|AGES1013||Popular Culture and Ageing||Ageing Studies||NS2||Yes|
|AMST1002||America and the World: The United States in a Global Context||American Studies||S1||Yes|
|ARCH1002||From the Palaeolithic to Pompeii: An Exploration of World Archaeology||Archaeology||S2||Yes|
|ARCH1006||Sex, Death and Ritual in the Ancient World||Archaeology||S1||Yes|
|BIOL1101||Evolution of Biological Diversity||Biology||S2||Yes|
|BIOL1102||Molecular Basis of Life||Biology||S1||Yes|
|BIOL1711||Introduction to Animal Behaviour||Biology||S1||Yes|
|BUSN1001||Recording Business Transactions||Business||S1 or S2||Yes||Yes|
|BUSN1002||Exploring Accounting Processes||Business||S2||Yes||Yes|
|BUSN1009||Quantitative Methods||Business||S1 or S2||Yes||Yes|
|BUSN1011||Accounting For Managers||Business||S1 or S2||Yes||Yes|
|BUSN1012||Management, People and Organisations||Business||S1||Yes||Yes|
|BUSN1013||Economics for Business||Business||S1||Yes||Yes|
|BUSN1019||Law for Business||Business||S2||Yes||Yes|
|COMP1002||Fundamentals of Computational Intelligence||Computer Science||S1||Yes||Yes|
|COMP1102||Computer Programming 1||Computer Science||SU, S1 or S2||Yes||Yes|
|COMP1701||Game Design||Computer Science||S1||Yes|
|CRIM1101||Crime and Criminology||Criminal Justice||S1||Yes||Yes|
|CRIM1102||Criminal Justice System||Criminal Justice||S2||Yes||Yes|
|DSGN1102||Design Communication||Design and Innovation||S2||Yes|
|DSRS1201||Perspectives on Disability||Disability and Rehabilitation Studies||S1||Yes||Yes|
|DSRS1202||Disability Across the Life Course||Disability and Rehabilitation Studies||S2||Yes||Yes|
|DSRS1215||Introduction to Communication Diversity and Support Needs||Disability and Rehabilitation Studies||S2||Yes||Yes|
|EASC1101||Earth and Environmental Sciences||Earth Sciences||S1||Yes|
|EASC1102||Marine Sciences||Earth Sciences||S2||Yes|
|ENGL1101||The Art of Storytelling||English||S1||Yes||Yes|
|FREN2201||Intermediate French Part 1||Languages||S1||Yes|
|FREN2202||Intermediate French Part 2||Languages||S2||Yes|
|GEOG1001||Environment and Society||Geography||S1||Yes|
|GEOG1002||Human Geography: Geographies of Oppression||Geography||S2||Yes|
|HIST1703||Turning Points in World History||History||S1||Yes||Yes|
|HIST1704||History's Killing Fields: From Medieval to Modern||History||S2||Yes||Yes|
|HIST1802||Europe from the Russian Revolution to Brexit||History||S1||Yes||Yes|
|HIST1803||'The Lucky Country'? A Brief History of Australia||History||S2||Yes||Yes|
|HLPE1540||Foundation Studies in Health Education||Health & Physical Education||S1||Yes|
|HLPE1550||Introduction to Sport and Physical Activity||Health & Physical Education||S1||Yes|
|HLTH1004||Human Bioscience||Health Sciences||S1 or S2||Yes||Yes|
|HLTH1011||Introduction to Digital Health||Health Sciences||S2||Yes||Yes|
|HLTH1304||Interpersonal and Interprofessional Communication||Health Sciences||S1 or S2||Yes||Yes|
|HLTH1306||Contemporary Health Issues in Australia||Health Sciences||S1 or S2||Yes||Yes|
|INDG1000||Indigenous Studies: An Introduction||Indigenous Studies||S2||Yes||Yes|
|INDG1001||Race and Representation: Indigenous Identities||Indigenous Studies||S1||Yes||Yes|
|INDO1201||Introductory Indonesian, Part 1||Languages||S1||Yes|
|INDO1202||Introductory Indonesian Part 2||Languages||S2||Yes|
|INDO2201||Intermediate Indonesian Part 1||Languages||S1||Yes|
|INDO2202||Intermediate Indonesian Part 2||Languages||S2||Yes|
|INNO1001||Innovative and Creative Thinking: Recognising Opportunities||Innovation & Enterprise||S1 or S2||Yes||Yes|
|INTR1006||International Relations: An Introduction||International Relations||S1||Yes|
|ITAL2201||Intermediate Italian Part 1||Languages||S1||Yes|
|ITAL2202||Intermediate Italian Part 2||Languages||S2||Yes|
|LLAW1311||Introduction to Law and Justice||Law||S1||Yes|
|LLAW1312||Essential Legal Skills||Law||S1 or S2||Yes|
|MATH1121||Mathematics 1A||Mathematics||S1 or S2||Yes||Yes|
|MATH1122||Mathematics 1B||Mathematics||SU, S1 or S2||Yes||Yes|
|MDSC1102||Skills for Medical Scientists 1||Medicine||S1||Yes|
|MGRE2201||Intermediate Modern Greek Part 1||Languages||S1||Yes||Yes|
|MGRE2202||Intermediate Modern Greek Part 2||Languages||S2||Yes||Yes|
|MMED1005||How Your Body Works: Human Physiology and Structure||Medicine||S1 or S2||Yes||Yes|
|MMED1007||Histology: The Building Blocks of the Human Body||Medicine||S2||Yes|
|NUTD1106||Nutrition, Physical Activity and Health||Nutrition & Dietetics||S2||Yes|
|PHIL1010||Mind and World||Philosophy||S1||Yes|
|PHIL1030||Ethics and Power||Philosophy||S2||Yes|
|PHIL1060||Critical Thinking||Philosophy||S1 or S2||Yes||Yes|
|PHYS1702||Physics for Health Sciences||Physics||S2||Yes|
|POLI1003||An Introduction to Democracy and Government||Politics||S1||Yes||Yes|
|PSYC1101||Psychology 1A||Psychology||SU or S1||Yes||Yes|
|SCME1000||Film Form and Analysis||Screen & Media||S1||Yes|
|SCME1001||Media and Society||Screen & Media||S2||Yes|
|SOCI1001||Issues in Sociology||Sociology||S2||Yes||Yes|
|SOCI1010||Sociology of Everyday Life||Sociology||S1||Yes||Yes|
|SPAN1201||Introductory Spanish Part 1||Languages||S1||Yes|
|SPAN1202||Introductory Spanish Part 2||Languages||S2||Yes|
|SPAN2201||Intermediate Spanish Part 1||Languages||S1||Yes|
|SPAN2202||Intermediate Spanish Part 2||Languages||S2||Yes|
|TOUR1101||Introduction to Tourism Studies||Tourism||S1||Yes|
|TOUR1103||Introduction to Events||Tourism||S2||Yes|
|VEED1003||Essential Multimedia||Visual Effects & Entertainment Design||S1 or S2||Yes|
|VISA1401||Drawing and Design Fundamentals||Visual Arts||S1||Yes|
|WMST1001||Sex, Gender and Identities in Australia||Women’s Studies||S1||Yes||Yes|
|WMST1002||Gender, Power and Change: Introducing Feminist Debates||Women’s Studies||S2||Yes||Yes|
Students successfully completing topic(s) will gain credit towards their SACE and towards a future university degree (if the degree structure permits).
For the purpose of calculating an ATAR, the SACE Board has determined that university grades will be converted in the following way:
These are the total scores (towards your ATAR) that are available for completing two topics, for example:
Students and schools should be aware that not all University topics are approved by the SACE Board of SA as recognised courses towards the SACE, or approved by the Higher and Further Education Taskforce as recognised studies towards calculation of the ATAR. However, all the topics listed are pre-approved for recognition. Please note that some topics may have precluded combinations with certain SACE subjects, this can be confirmed by contacting the SACE Board.
Extension Studies topics will need to be completed in the same year (or earlier) that SATAC calculates the ATAR for the first time. It is not possible for the ATAR to be recalculated to include Extension Studies results done in later years.
If you would like more information about the Extension Studies Program, please contact us:
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