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What is a Single Unit?

At Swinburne Online, we now offer some of our units as a single subject, so you can choose to only study one single unit. These units are offered as non-award single units, which means that completing them doesn’t lead to a qualification, but can be used as credit towards a qualification or to upskill in a certain area.

Why choose to study a single unit with Swinburne Online?

There are many reasons to choose studying a single unit.

First of all, studying a single unit gives you an insight into what online study is really like. It gives you the chance to see whether this is something you’re interested in before committing to a whole degree.

Secondly, completing two to three units as single subject can help you gaining entry into a full degree course. This is especially of interest if you otherwise wouldn’t be eligible to apply for your chosen course.

Another great reason for completing a single unit is professional development. All our units have been chosen to enhance certain skill sets. Studying a single subject can help you learn specific skills and advance your career.

Finally, studying a single unit can be great for personal development. Our units give you deep and meaningful insight into your chosen topic, meaning you gain detailed knowledge about your subject.

What student support is available to me?

You will receive the same high level of support as a degree-enrolled student.

Will I experience the unit in the same way as someone studying the full degree?

Yes, you will have the exact same study experience as students enrolled in a full degree, the only difference being that you are only enrolled in one unit.

You will complete the same learning material and assignments, with the same level of academic support as full-degree students, including eTexts and access to Studiosity.

How much does a single unit cost?

Single unit tuition fees are $1,600 per unit. Fees are paid upfront once you’re enrolled. As these are non-award courses, HELP Loans are not available for single unit students.

What’s the difference between this type of enrolment and cross-institutional study?

Cross-institutional study is where a student studying at another institution enrols with Swinburne to complete a unit.

Are these units recognised at other institutions?

Single units are accredited Swinburne units, giving you the option to apply for advanced standing at other institutions. However, award of the advanced standing is the decision of the institution. Make sure you check with other institutions before enrolling.

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