Enrolling in courses


A prerequisite is a course that students must complete before enrolling in a more advanced course. Prerequisite courses provide the foundational knowledge and understanding on which the more advanced course is based.In some circumstances you can request to study a course and have the prerequisite(s) waived. This is done by submitting a request for a permission code.

To request a permission code students will need to complete our online Permission Code Request form. Once we receive your form, we will send your request to the Course Convenor for assessment. You may be contacted by CECS Student Services or the Course Convenor for more information on your academic background or why you want/need to complete this course.  

Permission code requests are processed in date order. We try to provide outcomes to students within five business days, but please be aware that during busy period it may take us a little longer to respond to your request.

Enrolling in a course for the third time

If you are planning on enrolling in the same course for the third time, you will need to complete an Application for third attempt via Manage My Degree in ISIS.

In this application you will need to specify:

  • the reasons for your previous failure in this course; and
  • what strategies you will utilise to ensure you pass the course with this attempt.

Please note, this is your final attempt at the course.

More information: Expected academic performance for coursework students


Students at the ANU can self-enroll into a maximum of 24 units (4 courses) per semester/half year session. Your ISIS account will prevent you from adding enrolment that exceeds this standard study load. If you would like to take more than 24 units, you will need to request an enrolment overload.

For information on eligibility and applying to overload see: Overload your enrolment

Reducing your study load (for international students)

As an international student on a student visa, you are expected to complete your course within the time given on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE). In most instances, this requires you to enrol in a full-time study load (24 units per semester), each semester until the completion of your program requirements.

For information on eligibility and applying for a Reduced Study Load, see: Reducing your study load as an international student

Updated:  1 June 2019/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing