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Credit for prior learning

Advanced standing

You may be able to have your prior studies or work experience count as credit towards your QUT course and be able to graduate sooner. Prior studies include units completed at QUT or at another institution.

Can I apply for credit for prior learning?

You can apply for credit if you're applying for a:

  • course via QTAC and you've accepted your QTAC offer
  • postgraduate coursework course directly to QUT
  • research higher degree directly to QUT.

What can I claim credit for?

You can apply for credit for any:

  • studies completed at QUT where you received at least a grade of 4 (pass)
  • studies completed at other institutions (e.g. university or TAFE) where you received at least a grade of 4 (pass) or equivalent
  • related work experience.

You may be able to claim credit for your International Baccalaureate studies.

Find out more about credit for International Baccalaureate studies

How to apply for credit for prior learning

I'm applying for a course via QTAC

When you're offered a place in a course, accept your offer via QTAC then complete an application for advanced standing (credit for prior learning) form.

I'm applying for a postgraduate coursework course directly to QUT

If you want to claim credit for studies completed at QUT, or for studies completed at another institution or credit for work experience, submit an application for advanced standing (credit for prior learning) form.

I'm applying for a research degree directly to QUT

We may approve credit for prior learning when we assess your research degree application. If you don't receive credit during the application process, you can complete the application for advanced standing (credit for prior learning) form after you've been made an offer.

Do I need to supply supporting documents?

You must supply supporting documents if you're applying for credit for studies completed at another institution or for work experience. You'll need to submit the documents with your application.

I'm applying for credit for studies completed at QUT

You don't need to provide any supporting documents.

I'm applying for credit for studies completed at another institution

Our Advanced Standing Precedent List can show you credit we've approved for similar units to the ones you've studied. It can give you an idea of what credit you might be eligible for.

You must provide copies of:

  • your official academic transcript or Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement clearly showing the unit code, unit title and grades
  • documents proving that you've completed your course, such as your diploma or certificate (if applicable)
  • unit outlines or course syllabus for the units you're seeking credit for, if your subject is not listed on the Advanced Standing Precedent List. Outlines should include:
    • credit points
    • contact hours
    • aims and objectives
    • texts and references
    • assessment details.

I'm applying for credit for work experience

You need to provide:

  • a detailed resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • a letter from your employer confirming:
    • your period of employment
    • position(s) held
    • experience that's relevant to your QUT course, including competency levels reached.
  • evidence of professional education courses conducted 'in house'.

When to apply for credit for prior learning

You should apply for credit for prior learning as soon as you get your offer and by no later than 10 days after you receive your offer. Applications submitted after this time may not be finalised in time to allow you to adjust your first semester of study.

Post-census advanced standing

If you apply for advanced standing for a unit you're enrolled in after the census date for that teaching period, you will be financially liable for this unit. When you submit an advanced standing application for this study, you will be liable for tuition fees for the unit you're enrolled in if this unit is granted as advanced standing. Until you know the outcome for your advanced standing application we recommend that you stay enrolled in the unit and continue your studies as normal.

How long does it take to process my application?

If your prior studies are already included on the Advanced Standing Precedent List, we'll process your application within 10 working days. If your prior study isn't included on the Advanced Standing Precedent List, it can take up to 4 weeks to process your application if you've provided all the required documents. In some cases, your course coordinator may ask you to attend an interview or do some other form of assessment.

If your application is successful, the relevant units will be recorded on your academic transcript 'Granted Advanced Standing Unit'. These units don't contribute to your grade point average (GPA).

Can I check the progress of my application?

You can monitor the progess of your application in the HiQ site once you've enrolled as a student.

Request a review of my application

If you're unhappy with the outcome of your advanced standing application, you can request a review of the decision. Contact our advanced standing team for more information about the review process.

How do I enrol when waiting for credit outcomes?

If your credit application hasn't been finalised, we recommend that you enrol but keep in mind that you may need to change the units once you receive your application outcome.

You'll need to be aware of key dates to:

  • add units online without incurring a late fee
  • withdraw units without financial and academic penalty.

Check the key dates for adding and withdrawing units

If the units you're applying for credit for are:

  • not listed on the Advanced Standing Precedent List, you may need to consult with your faculty/school on which units to enrol in for the current teaching period.
  • listed on the Advanced Standing Precedent List, then it's recommended that you don't enrol in these units as a precedent has already been determined by your faculty or school. You should therefore enrol in the units on your study plan that you're still required to complete.
  • listed as a prerequisite or corequisite for units you're enrolling in, then you can apply for a requisite waiver through your study plan. You won't be able to enrol or register for classes in these units until you're notified that the requisite waiver has been approved by your faculty or school.

If you have questions regarding which units to enrol in or requisite waivers, contact your faculty student office.