2nd, 3rd & 4th year semester information and key dates

Confirmation of improvements for all continuing Bachelor of Nursing & Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery students

Starting in 2024, we've made exciting improvements to the semester calendar for Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery students:

Semester 1 will now commence on 29 January 2024, allowing for dedicated teaching, assessment, and placement periods throughout the semester. These improvements stem from feedback received from students, academics, and placement providers, all aimed at enhancing your program.

These changes are designed to ensure a solid theoretical foundation to ensure and better prepare you for successful clinical placements.

What does this mean for you?

You'll have structured time for each stage of your units, eliminating the need to juggle lectures, assessments, and placements, allowing you to focus and maximize your learning experience.

Revised calendar:

To ensure a solid foundation before you embark on your clinical placements, there will be an early start each semester for students studying 2nd, 3rd or 4th year units.

Each semester will begin 4 weeks earlier and include dedicated time for teaching, assessment, labs and placement.

  • Semester 1 will begin on 29 January 2024
  • Semester 2 will begin on 24 June 2024

1st-year students will continue to follow the standard academic calendar.


The first six weeks of each semester will be dedicated to coursework. This includes tutorials, learning activities, and labs as relevant, with some assessments being completed during this time. No placements will take place during this period.


At the end of the teaching period, a dedicated assessment week will be scheduled. During this week, no teaching or placements will take place, allowing you ample time to focus on completing your summative assessments.

This also means you can focus on your clinical placement without the added burden of academic assignments. Exams will still take place during the designated exam period.

Intensive Labs (Blended students only)
Your intensive labs will be completed over a dedicated 2-week period, which will be the same for all three campuses. This improvement aims to spread the lab teaching out more efficiently and reduce pressure on you.


Prior to commencing your clinical placement, you will have already completed your coursework and summative assessments, allowing you to concentrate on your placement experience.

Your placement may be held anytime during the placement period, and the length of placement will continue to correspond to the units you are enrolled in that Semester. You will know your placement details well in advance, providing you with more time to plan your life.

SWOT VAC & Exam period

No change

What’s staying the same

  • Administrative dates including census date and results release dates.
  • Access to administrative services including special consideration, discretionary extensions and enrolment advice.
  • Access to support services including wellbeing services, reasonable adjustments, learning access plans and student advocacy.
  • Access to learning support including your Unit and Course Coordinators, Learning Skills Advisors and LASS programs, plus Student Academic Leaders during assessment periods.
  • Access to opportunities including study tours and student leadership roles.

Got questions?

If you have questions about these changes, feel free to contact your Course Coordinator. We're here to support your academic journey and ensure your success. Don't hesitate to reach out.

Bachelor of Nursing:

Mt Helen Campus:
Swapnali Gazula - s.gazula@federation.edu.au

Berwick Campus:
Cath Wilson - cath.wilson@federation.edu.au

Gippsland Campus:
Louise Allen - l.allen@federation.edu.au

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery:

Elise Luders - e.luders@federation.edu.au

ASK Desk

You can also benefit from the Academic Skills and Knowledge (ASK) service, designed to help develop your study skills. Our experienced students are there to help answer any question you have during your university studies. 

Opening hours from 29.01.24 - 01.03.24:

In-person Support

  • Berwick Library: Tuesday to Thursday 10 am to 2 pm
  • Gippsland Library: Tuesday to Thursday 10 am to 2 pm
  • Mt Helen Library: Tuesday to Thursday 10am to 2 pm

Online Support
Ask Chat is available between Monday to Friday from 9 am - 5 pm

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 16 October – Enrolment opens for Semester 1 and Semester 2, 2024
  • 1 December (9am) – MySchedule preferencing options
  • 11 December (9am) - Timely re-enrolment and mySchedule preferencing close
  • 15 December (9am) - Timetables released and mySchedule opens in adjustment mode.
  • 26 January - mySchedule enters Read-only mode
  • 29 January – Semester 1 starts.
  • 10 February - Mandatory documents due.

Late Enrolment: Please note the following deadlines for late enrolment:

First Year: Enrolment cut-offs at the end of week 2
Second & Third Year: Enrolment cut-offs at the end of week 1
Late enrolment closes on 2 January.

Bachelor of Nursing

In 2024, for students enrolling in 2nd and 3rd-year units, the semester will commence:

  • Semester 1 - 29 January 2024
  • Semester 2 - 24 June 2024

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery

In 2024, for students enrolling in 2nd, 3rd and 4th-year units, the semester will commence:

  • Semester 1 - 29 January 2024
  • Semester 2 - 24 June 2024

If you are an international student, the ‘course in session’ for each semester will begin from the Semester commencement date and be updated to reflect your clinical placement after your placement has been confirmed.

You’ll continue to use mySchedule to preference and allocate your timetable. Please view key enrolment and timetable dates above for the details of mySchedule preferencing and adjustment mode.

All student fees will remain in line with University fee schedules and census dates.

Standard special consideration and reasonable adjustments will continue to apply and we encourage you to reach out to your Course or Unit Coordinator. Because your circumstances are unique, your situation will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

You’ll continue to manage your placement via InPlace. Mandatory documents will be due by Friday of Week 2 each Semester. In 2024, mandatory documents are due by 9 February for Semester 1, and 5 July for Semester 2.

We've reserved 9 weeks for placements, but the duration of your placement will continue to be outlined in your unit description and has not changed.

You’ll continue to have access to University academic support throughout the Semester including Peer-Assisted Study Scheme (PASS), Learning Skills Advisors, Studiosity and Library services.

You can continue to study full- or part-time if you are a domestic student, or full-time as an international student.

Estimated semesterly contact hours for each unit will remain the same and will now be delivered over the 6-week teaching period. Your contact hours for each of the teaching weeks will be available via mySchedule prior to the start of Semester.