Not able to do a full degree? Not a problem. Apply to study a short course, professional program or individual unit at ACU.

Short courses

Explore the range of short courses offered by ACU, from vocational education and training to Executive Education.

Opportunity Unlimited – subsidised short courses

The Australian Government is providing support for people to retrain or upskill during COVID-19. In response, ACU has developed Opportunity Unlimited; a range of undergraduate and postgraduate certificates at a reduced fee, allowing you to gain practical skills and knowledge in areas of high demand.

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Executive Education

View ACU Executive Education’s range of postgraduate courses, masterclasses and short courses.

Browse Executive Education courses

Vocational Education and Training 

Search the vocational education and training (VET) courses provided by ACU College, our registered training provider.

Browse VET courses

Program for Nurse Immunisers 

Offered by ACU’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine in Brisbane, this program prepares Registered Nurses for the role of Immunisation Practice Nurse in Queensland.

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Individual units

Study individual units at ACU without committing to a full course. Learn more and find out how to apply.

What are individual units?

Subject to approval and availability, you can study up to two units in any study period at ACU. These single unit or subjects are delivered on a fee-paying, non-award basis, meaning they will not count towards a formal award such as a certificate, diploma or bachelors degree. To study an individual unit, you must meet the unit requirements. You will also be formally assessed in your enrolled unit(s).

How to find an individual unit 

To find the individual unit you wish to study, you can browse a full listing of unit descriptions or search for a course that interests you. Course listings also include a sample course map with unit descriptions.

Please note: Not all units are available at all campuses or available for study as individual units.

Browse a full listing of unit descriptions

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Accreditation toward a course

If you subsequently apply for, and are granted, admission to a course at ACU, any individual units you undertook and successfully completed on a non-award basis may be credited to that course. Accreditation is subject to the Academic Regulations and the relevant course rules.

Read our latest academic regulations

Units with a practical component

You will not be offered a place in a unit that includes a practical placement or professional experience, except with the approval of the Executive Dean. This applies to individual units studied on a non-award, cross-institutional, or auditing basis.

Apply for an individual unit

For more information about individual units, including campus availability and applying for admission, visit the undergraduate and postgraduate unit pages in our course browser.

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View postgraduate individual unit

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