How to enrol - step by step guide
Step 1: accept your offer
If you haven't already, you need to accept your offer before you can commence the enrolment process.
If you applied through SATAC, you will need to accept your offer through the SATAC website
If you have a non-SATAC offer, please refer to your original offer for instructions on how to accept.
Step 2: apply for credit
If you have already completed prior learning at another university or higher education institution then you might be eligible for credit towards your program. If your application is successful then the courses you need to enrol in might change, so it's best to get your application in as soon as possible.
Am I eligible? Go to the Credit Estimator to see if you are eligible for credit. You will be able to apply once you have been through the estimator.
Step 3: check your study plan & choose your courses
Studying a Sciences degree at the University of Adelaide means that you have a lot of flexibility to allow you to explore the fields and disciplines that you are most interested in.
Your degree is made up of two types of courses; "core" courses - essential subjects that you must complete at each year level in order to obtain your degree, and "elective" courses - subjects that you have the freedom to choose to allow you to explore your interests in other areas beyond the scope of your chosen degree.
Different degrees have different numbers of core and electives subjects. Your key to understanding which subjects you need to enrol in and which you have the freedom to choose is your Study Plan.
Every degree (and every major) has a dedicated Study Plan which is your best guide to understanding the requirements of your program - you can locate the Study Plan for your program HERE.
Courses that you take at Level I (first year) give you the knowledge and skills to allow you to take more advanced courses at Level II and III. It is very important to understand which courses you need to study in your first year to set you up for the pathway that you want to take in the later years of your degree.
Step 4: get enrolment advice
Choosing your courses and enrolling for the first time is complicated. We understand.
If you aren't sure which courses to choose, how to interpret your Study Plan, or if you just want to have your selected courses checked before you finalise your enrolment, use the button below book an appointment with one of our Sciences Student Advisors.
Step 5: enrol
Once you know which courses you will be studying, its time to enrol. Click the button below to access a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to enrolling in your chosen courses (start at Stage 1, Step 2).
Step 6: getting started at uni
Attending university is about so much more than just studying your courses. You have a massive range of opportunities available to you and the more you engage with everything that uni has to offer, the better experience you'll have!
Here are some suggestions for ways to get involved from your very first week:
1. Sciences Peer Mentoring
A compulsory program for all commencing first year Sciences students where you will be matched with other new students and experienced current student mentors to help you learn the basics of how to do uni.
Keep an eye on your student email for your invitation (mid-February) to the program, which is run across weeks 1-3.
2. Clubs, societies & sport
3. Services and support
We want to make sure that you have most rewarding and enjoyable experience that you possibly can. As part of that commitment, there are many unique services who work to make that possible.
- Careers Service - your career journey doesn't just begin after graduation. The Careers Service can help you find casual work, write a resume, and increase your employability through workshops and seminars.
- Writing Centre & Maths Learning Centre - these two centres operate every day to help you build your writing and mathematical skills and to answer your questions in these areas.
- UniHealth & Counselling - if your physical or mental health takes a downwards turn, medical and counselling support is available to assist you. These services are free of charge for UoA students.
- Many more... while there are too many to list here, you'll find out more in your first few weeks of study about other services that are available for you to access.
Step 7: Any questions? Just ask.
Located on the ground floor of the Darling Building on our North Terrace campus and open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, the Sciences Service Hub is staffed by a friendly team of Student Advisors who are here to answer any questions that arise regarding your study during your time in the Faculty of Sciences.
Level II biochemistry, genetics and microbiology courses
Have you completed the prerequisites?
If you have not completed SACE Stage 2 Year 12 Specialist Mathematics or equivalent at high school, you must enrol into:
- MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM in your 1st Semester
- MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA in your 2nd Semester
- MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB in your 3rd Semester (or Summer School)
If you have not completed SACE Stage 2 Year 12 Physics or equivalent, please find your relevant option below:
About you: Enrol into: If you have completed SACE 1 Physics in Year 11:
- PHYSICS 1101 - Physics for the Life and Earth Sciences 1A – Semester 1 only
If you have no physics background: If you have completed SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods (with a grade of B- or better) and SACE Stage 1 Physics (Year 11 Physics):
- PHYSICS 1101 - Physics for the Life and Earth Sciences IA – Semester 1 only
If you have completed SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods (with a grade of B+ or better) and SACE Stage 2 Specialist Maths (B+ or better) but no SACE Stage 1 Physics:
- PHYSICS 1101 - Physics for the Life and Earth Sciences IA – Semester 1 only
If you have completed SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods but not SACE Stage 1 Physics:
- PHYSICS 1008 - Physical Aspects of Nature I – Semester 1 only
- PHYSICS 1201 - Physics for the Life and Earth Sciences IB – Semester 2 only
If you have not completed SACE Stage 2 Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent at high school or if you studied Chemistry in Year 12 and received a grade of C+ or SACE score below 13, must enrol into:
- CHEM 1101 – Foundations of Chemistry IA – Semester 1 only
- CHEM 1201 – Foundations of Chemistry IB – Semester 2 only
This document will help you decide on whether you should enrol in Molecules, Genes and Cells or Concepts in Biology: Semester 1 Biology choices
Consider your study load
Your study load is determined by the number of units you are studying.
You may choose to study either part-time or full-time. Anything less than 9 units per semester is considered part-time.
You must complete your degree within the duration specified in your Confirmation of Enrolment.
You will need to enrol full-time to complete your degree on time. At the beginning of semester, you will be contacted if you are under-enrolled, but it remains your responsibility to ensure you’re correctly enrolled.
Please contact International Student Support for any student visa-related enquiries.
How to fix common enrolment problems
There are a number of common problems that can prevent you enrolling successfully.
When you are trying to enrol into a class that is at the same time as another class you will get a timetable clash error.
The timetable clash will cause the enrolment to fail, and Access Adelaide will display a 10-digit Enrolment Request ID Number (0007______) at the top right-hand side of the screen.
If this happens to you, please enter this number in the Timetable Clash Resolution Form so we can help you.
Classes fill up quickly, so we suggest you enrol as soon as possible to maximise your chances of a suitable timetable.
If a course is full, you won’t be able to find it in Access Adelaide. If you are unable to enrol because all classes in a course are full, please lodge a request for consideration using the Course / Class Full Form.
Tip: You can enrol in Semester 2 courses at the start of the year.
Prerequisite and co-requisite waiver
Some courses will not allow you to enrol if you have not met the prerequisites.
Students intending to apply for a waiver for a course with a co-requisite or prerequisite are required to complete the Course prerequisite waiver form. Information about course prerequisites or co-requisites can be found on the course planner.
Course information and timetabling resources
Use Course Outlines to find information about courses offered by the University. Course Outlines will detail you what you will study, what your texts and resources will be, and how the course is assessed. You can search by subject area and term (semester).
University Course Planner
Use the University Course Planner to find information about courses, including course fees and critical dates, such as the last day to enrol or withdraw. You can search by course title, subject area, catalogue number, semester and more.
The University Calendar lists program rules and study plans for all programs. It will confirm the information on your study plan and show additional information that you may require.
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