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Credit recognition

UTS:Education may grant credit recognition — subject exemptions — if you have undertaken previous studies.

General guidelines

Maximum amount of credit recognition

The maximum amount of credit recognition which may be approved is:

  • two-thirds of the total credit point requirement for courses with 144 credit points or less; and
  • three-quarters of the total credit point requirement for courses with more than 144 credit points.

Time limit since previous study

The normal time limit for the currency of prior learning is seven years. If you wish to apply for credit recognition for studies completed more than seven years prior to the year you are admitted to the UTS course you will be required to demonstrate how you have been applying and maintaining the knowledge and skills since that time.

Credit recognition for concurrent study

Prior to starting concurrent study, approval is required to assess whether the subject is correct level. UTS: Student admin provide further information on concurrent study, and the application process.

Courses guidelines

Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Education
Bachelor of Education Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Students may be granted some credit recognition if they have completed:

  • TAFE qualification in Children’s Services
  • A full Diploma in Children’s Services
  • Subjects relevant to Teaching and Learning completed in a recognised university, or as part of a Teacher Education course

Credit Recognition will not be granted for:

  • Practical or work experience
  • Parenting
  • Prior study in a course not related to Primary Education

Master of Teaching in Secondary Education

For further credit recognition for studies other than your undergraduate degree, you need to lodge a separate application for credit recognition with full supporting documentation.

Master of Education (Learning and Leadership)

Students may be granted credit recognition of 24 credit points (four subjects) if they hold:

  • a bachelor’s degree and a postgraduate teaching qualification, or
  • a four-year pre-service teacher education qualification including professional experience, equivalent to the qualifications required for graduate teacher status.

Courses accredited by teacher education regulatory authorities are eligible for credit recognition. NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) is the regulatory authority in NSW and relevant degrees are listed at NESA. In other states and territories, similar authorities provide lists of accredited four-year degrees or postgraduate teaching qualifications.

Credit recognition for these students is granted for all of the following:

  • CBK91158 Electives (Learning and Leadership)
  • 013222 Designing Innovative Learning
  • 013226 Leading Innovative Practices.

Credit recognition of other formal learning is assessed on a case-by-case basis and in line with the UTS Credit Recognition Policy.

Master of / Grad Cert in / Grad Dip in Applied Linguistics and TESOL

Students may be granted some credit recognition if they have completed:

  • Diploma of Education or equivalent teaching qualification in ESL / EALD, LOTE or English
  • Diploma of Education or equivalent teaching qualification in disciplines other than ESL / EALD, LOTE or English
  • Primary teaching Bachelor’s degree qualification
  • UTS Bachelor of Education in Adult Education (Language, Literacy and Numeracy)
  • Master of Teaching or Bachelor of Teaching (Graduate entry) in ESL / EALD, English or LOTE

How to apply

UTS: Student admin provide further information and application instructions for credit recognition applications.

You need to provide documentary evidence in support of your application, including certified copy of your academic transcript, course or subject outlines, or details of your work experience.

Application assessment — subject equivalence

The relevant program head and specialists in the field assess your application for credit recognition based on the information you supply to determine subject equivalence for each of the subjects you would like to have considered for credit recognition.

Notification of outcome

The Registrar will notify you in writing of the outcome of your application.

Unhappy with the outcome?

You may request a review of the decision if you believe the decision has been affected by:

  • a serious misunderstanding of the content of your prior learning, or
  • procedural unfairness.

Such request must be made in writing to the Dean of the Faculty, with relevant supporting documentation, within one month of the original notification of outcome.

More information

Visit the Student Centre
City campus — Building 10
Level 2, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007

Submit online enquiries and eRequests to your Student Centre via Ask UTS.

Telephone enquiries
1300 ASK UTS (1300 275 887) and select Option 4.
If you are an international student +61 2 9514 1222 (international).