Extension Studies at Monash University

Extension studies are available to high achieving Year 12 students to study first year Monash University subjects as part of their VCE studies. Students may gain course credits towards their degree, as well as getting a taste of university life.

Find out more about Monash Extension including a short video on their website www.monash.edu.au/extension/

Hear from 2012 JMSS students Chris Whittle, Goran Katalinic and Samuel Schlegel.

Chris Whittle (Computational Thinking)

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"The highlight of Monash Extension was working with other like-minded students on material that was engaging and expanded on our knowledge of computer science. The course was very interesting – the university tutorials and lectures were a great source of variety for my studies in Year 12. I did not find balancing the workload very difficult, as it simply replaced a VCE subject in my Year 12 course. Furthermore, the dates of all assessment were available upfront at the start of each semester, meaning I was never surprised by unforeseen requirements and could organise my workload accordingly. I also began to make connections with other members of the university community who I am still friends with today."

Chris completed Extension Computational Thinking alongside his VCE studies at John Monash Science School. He is a current Bachelor of Science (Science Scholars) student at Monash Clayton. 



Goran Katalinic (Physics)

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"In Monash Extension Physics, you get weekly hands on experience in the laboratory classes; experience that is not so common as part of the VCE Physics curriculum. This was a highlight, along with our lecturers who were highly engaging in conveying insight and information about the world around us.  When starting university, I could go into second year Physics, enabling me to pick up additional units of interest in my course. The Extension program lived up to my expectations and I highly recommend it!"

Goran completed Extension Physics alongside his VCE studies at John Monash Science School. He is a current Bachelor of Science (Science Scholars) student at Monash Clayton.

Samuel Schlegel (Biology)

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"I was looking for something to make the VCE experience a little more diverse as well as interesting. Monash Extension Biology fuelled my existing interest in biology, and additionally, highlighted the breadth existing within biology itself. Practical classes were always fun. It was great being introduced to all kinds of laboratory equipment and techniques. Having completed the Extension program, I felt like I had a massive head start on the rest of the first year students. Overall, if you undertake the Extension program enjoying biology, you will come out enjoying it even more!"

Samuel completed Extension Biology alongside his VCE studies at John Monash Science School. He is a current Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery student at Monash Clayton.