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Credit recognition

Credit recognition acknowledges the skills and knowledge that you are bringing to your study at UTS through previous education or work experiences.

If you have undertaken previous studies at another institution, you may be eligible for credit recognition (sometimes called recognition of prior learning or advanced standing). 

Assessment of credit recognition

To be granted credit recognition, previous learning must be assessed as being equivalent to the UTS subject outlined in the Credit Recognition Policy and Procedures. This assessment will take into account each of the following:

  • currency of knowledge
  • relevance of your previous learning 
  • learning outcomes 
  • volume of learning 
  • content of study, and 
  • learning and assessment approaches of your previous learning.

Previous learning can be recognised only once in any individual UTS course. This means that previous learning deemed as equivalent to a specific UTS subject(s) or other course component cannot be used again as credit for another subject or course component in that course. Previous learning may also be recognised through a process of subject substitution whereby a student is released from undertaking a subject and an alternative subject(s) of equivalent credit point value is added to their study plan.

Process and types of credit recognition 

Credit Recognition is determined in one of the following two ways:

  • Articulation: via established agreements outlined in the Credit Recognition tool, which details arrangements for Credit Recognition with external tertiary institution, or 
  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL): on a case-by-case basis following submission of a Credit Recognition application and assessment of previous study or experience.

Credit recognition may be granted as either specified credit, or unspecified credit:

  • specified credit (also known as subject exemption) where the prior learning is considered equivalent to a specific UTS subject 
  • unspecified credit (also known as unspecified elective/general advanced standing) where the prior learning is not considered equivalent to a specific UTS subject. Unspecified credit may be approved to count towards an elective component of a UTS course.

Timeframe for applications

Domestic applicants

For local applicants, an application for credit recognition should be made when you have received a course offer through UAC and prior to your initial enrolment. Applications are processed with recognised credit approved on or shortly after enrolment, or at the latest before the end of second week of the session to allow for any adjustments to your study plan.

For late UAC offers, application for credit recognition should be submitted at the time of your enrolment or as soon as possible after enrolment, but no later than one week after the start of the teaching session.

International applicants

International students need to consider the impact of Credit Recognition on their overall course duration and requirements of their student visa. Application for Credit Recognition must be made at the point of applying for the UTS course. UTS will endeavour to process the application prior to issuing the Letter of Offer. If the duration of the UTS course changes due to Credit Recognition the Letter of Offer will state the revised duration of the course. The Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) issued to the student for the purpose of obtaining a student visa will also reflect the revised duration of the course. Where sufficient information is not available to assess an application at the point of offer, credit may be approved after the offer is issued. 

Applications for Credit Recognition made after the first session of study will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and must be supported by a written statement. The statement must include full disclosure of any previous applications and reasons why subsequent applications should be considered.

How to apply for credit recognition

Step 1:
Start by researching potential credit recognition through faculty websites (specific guidelines and requirements including credit recognition limits or published precedents) and the Credit Recognition tool for pre-determined credit recognition arrangements.  A list of faculty websites is provided below to assist you: 

Step 2: 
Research and compare UTS subjects with our previous study content and learning outcomes. 

Step 3: 
Complete the Application for Credit Recognition (PDF, 436kB).

Step 4: 
Attach your certified official academic transcripts and qualifications and any documentary evidence that may support your application. This includes, but is not limited to 

  • Subject outlines - must include topics covered, class hours, type of assessment, textbooks used and note the year in which the relevant subjects were completed.  

Some Faculties may also request a:

  • Comparison table - must match the details of the completed previous study with the details of the UTS subject for which credit recognition is being sought (subject learning objectives, content and assessment).
  • Portfolio - must showcase previous work like design or multimedia projects, drawing or photography.

Step 5:
Submit the application form and documentation at your Student Centre.

Note: Any credit recognition granted may not meet the accreditation requirements of professional bodies and organisations. You must seek advice from the accreditation body on whether the basis for the awarding of advanced standing still meets their requirements.

Supporting documentation

Official academic transcript

The official academic transcript must be certified must be sighted as a true copy of the original by one of the authorised offices:

Documents not in English

Documents not in English must be officially translated and submitted together with certified copies of supporting documents. Officers authorised to translate official documents into English include:

  • NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators & Interpreters) accredited translators (opens an external site)
  • A translator from a reputable translation company in your home country
  • Note: the translated documents must have an official (translation) seal and be signed by the translator
  • An official translation from the institution that issued the document
  • UTS registered student recruitment agents.

Comparison table

The comparison table must outline subject match between the previously completed subjects/units of study and the UTS subject for which credit is being sought. UTS subject details can be found in UTS Handbook.

UTS subject number and namePrevious study Institution
Subject number and name
List of subject learning objectives Match the relevant previous study objectives to UTS subject learning objectives and provide a detailed statement of achieved learning outcomes 
List of subject content Match the relevant previous subject content to UTS subject content and explain the similarities between individual topics
List of subject assessment Match the relevant previous assessment items to UTS subject assessments and show how they are similar 

Credit recognition based on work experience should compare a UTS subject's learning objectives with your competencies. It must also demonstrate your understanding of the UTS subject content.

Note: All documents submitted with Credit Recognition application become the property of UTS.

Transferring UTS students

If you have applied for an internal course transfer by submitting an online application form via My Student Admin then your previously completed subject including credit recognition should have been automatically transferred into your new course. 

If you have applied for a new course via UAC or by submitting a direct application, then you will need to request credit recognition assessment after your offer release. 

Please note that you may not be able to use all of your previous credit in your new degree, as the new course may have different course structure. 

Advice to applicants

You will be officially notified in writing via UTS webmail of the outcome of your credit recognition applications.

The timeframe for a credit recognition assessment may vary, depending on the complexity of the assessment of your previous qualification. However, we aim to contact you regarding your assessment within four to six weeks of submitting your application.  

Review of decisions

You may request a review of the decision made in relation to an application for credit recognition in accordance with Rule 6.2.

Requests for review of the decision must be made in writing, be accompanied by new documentary evidence and/or comparison table, and be lodged at the Student Centre within 20 working days of the original notification of decision. 

The comparison table must match the details of the completed previous study with the details of the UTS subject for which credit recognition is being sought (subject learning objectives, content and assessment). 

Cancellation of credit recognition

If you wish to rescind the credit recognition that has already been approved, submit an eRequest and a reason for the cancellation. Your request will be assessed in relation to your course structure and course progression.

More info

Telephone 1300 ASK UTS (1300 275 887)

Download Hard Work Deserves Credit brochure (PDF, 518kB)

Student and related rules

Section 6 - Credit recognition