How much credit may be awarded for prior learning?
The learning outcomes in some Australian and overseas qualifications, occupations and units (subjects) have been evaluated to create credit precedents. If your prior learning is the same as a published precedent, it may help to determine the amount of credit to be awarded, when you become a Southern Cross University student.
The digital Credit Search and Calculator is currently unavailable due to system maintenance. In the meantime, to identify how much credit may be awarded into Southern Cross courses or units, download and search the precedents in either of these pdf's:
Click the relevant link to download. Open the document. Select 'Cmd+F' for Mac or 'Ctrl+F' for Windows to reveal the search window and enter the search criteria (course/occupation/unit name or code)
The pdf's are a guide of possible credit amounts that may be granted, so you can plan your studies to eliminate duplication of learning and reduce course length and study costs. The information is subject to change and does not guarantee entry (Admission) or credit for prior learning into your chosen course.
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If your search is unsuccessful and your prior learning is similar to one or more units in your chosen course, you should still have your prior learning assessed by , when you apply for admission into your course. A formal determination of credit amounts will occur once an application and are submitted.
How are credit precedents established?
Any credit decision resulting from an application for credit or articulation linkage or pathway agreed between the University and another institute may become a published precedent. Published precedents that specify both the amount and type of credit may be systematically applied to subsequent applicants with the same prior learning.
Credit amounts for related learning
Before you apply for credit, find out what the credit thresholds are for your course. For more information, view Schedule 1 of The Procedures.
It's rare, but possible to earn an entire qualification through RPL, as recognition and unit assessment processes are equally rigorous. Normally, credit amounts are granted up to Policy thresholds, which ensure a portion of the units in the course are formally studied bu most students.
Schedule 1 prescribes the normal credit thresholds for recognising the highest level of prior learning that you have achieved in the same or similar study discipline/field, or branch of learning as your Southern Cross Course.
Variations may only occur from Schedule 1 amounts due to:
- divergent disciplinary relationships (partially related prior learning);
- external/professional recognition requirements that limit the amount or type of credit;
- constraint of a mandatory study plan that identifies units for which credit is not available; or
- greater alignment of prior learning outcomes and course learning outcomes, usually resulting from collaborative course development for articulation linkages or pathways; or
- credit thresholds being waived by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic).
If any variations apply for your Southern Cross course for points 2 and 3, you'll find them by selecting the 'Course structure' tab of your course.
Nevertheless, Southern Cross University will provide the maximum possible credit for your prior learning and reserves the right to make the final decision on appropriate levels of credit.
Credit thresholds if you exit early, with a lower qualification
Unless credit thresholds were waived by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) when credit was awarded into your course, if you choose to exit from your course early, with a lower qualification, some of the credit granted will be rescinded. this ensures the total amount of credit doesn't exceed the credit thresholds for the exit qualification, described in Schedule 1.
Equivalence of overseas qualifications, non-accredited study and industry experience to Australian qualifications
If you are applying for credit on the basis of an overseas qualification, non-accredited study or your professional or voluntary experience, view Appendix 1 of Schedule 1 to know more about the recognition processes used by the University to evaluate if your prior learning substitutes for holding an Australian qualification.
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