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Can I re-enrol in a failed unit?

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If you have failed a unit, then it may be possible to enrol in that unit again for a subsequent study period. You should first seek course advice from Student Central to confirm the unit offering and review and adjust your course plan, if required. 

We strongly encourage you to seek feedback or suggestions from your teaching staff and/or Unit Chair before taking a unit for a second time. Their contact details can be found on your CloudDeakin unit site.  

Please note: If you fail the same unit twice, fail a compulsory practicum or placement, or fail at least 50% of credit points in each of two preceding study periods then you may be contacted by your Faculty Academic Progress and Integrity team to discuss your academic progression. In some cases, intervention/s may be applied on your enrolment to help you achieve your academic potential. Find out more on the Academic progress webpage.

With the Job-ready Graduates Package reforms, taking effect in 2022, if you are in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) and fail 50 per cent or more of your units (including Withdrawing late), after attempting eight or more units, you will be judged to have a low completion rate. If you have a low completion rate in 2022 or onwards you will no longer be eligible for Commonwealth assistance (studying in a CSP or getting HELP loans). Find out more about low completion and the Jobs-ready reforms from the Australian Government Jobs-ready Graduates – Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

Please see below for additional study support resources. We encourage you to engage with these, as required.

Going forward, please reach out for assistance from teaching staff and support services as soon as you feel you may be having difficulties studying your units. The earlier in a study period you seek help, the better the chance you’ll achieve a positive outcome.

Study Skills Support 

If you require assistance with your academic performance, Deakin offers workshops, drop-in sessions and appointments with Learning Advisers. Online sessions are available in areas such as exam preparation, referencing, reading and academic writing. 

Online and after-hours consultations with Language and Learning Advisers are also available and questions can be submitted via email. Please see Study Support for more information. 

Student Mentors 

Deakin has a range of different mentor programs to assist you in various areas including transitioning to university life, writing assignments and understanding maths concepts and processes. These programs are led by experienced and trained Deakin students.

Find out what is available, and how to apply on the students helping students webpage.

Health and Wellbeing Support 

Deakin offers a wide range of free services to help students stay health and safe. This includes Medical Centres, disability support (for health or mental health conditions), and counselling. If an ongoing health issue is impacting your academic progress, we strongly encourage you to access and fully utilise these free services.