For most courses you can switch between part-time and full-time study, and set your own pace throughout your education. This means, if things change, you’re not locked into a study commitment that no longer suits you.
Each unit (subject) is worth one credit point. You’re considered a full-time student if you’re enrolled in three or more units in a trimester. Any fewer, and you’re considered a part-time student. You can choose how many credit points you study each trimester. You're able to do more than four credit points in a trimester, but you'll need faculty approval.
If you study less than three units per trimester, you’re considered a part-time student and it will take you longer to complete your course, but it may provide the flexibility you need to juggle work and/or other commitments. At Deakin, most courses allow you to switch between part-time and full-time study to set your own pace. You may also be able to spread your study across the three trimesters (subject to the units being offered).
If you’re receiving Centrelink, you need to remember that your payments may be affected if you switch from full-time to part-time study. Your payments also depend on how many credit points you are studying. It’s best to talk to Centrelink if you make changes to your study load. Similarly, if you are an international student, there are international enrolment conditions that you must adhere to.