School of Communication – Recognition of prior learning
The School of Communication recognises that you may have prior learning from previous study in a recognised educational institution. Therefore, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL) which was previously known as credit recognition.
Use the recognition of prior learning search tool to see how much credit you might be eligible for.
Please note that the recognition of prior learning search tool is only a guide and is by no means exhaustive. If your search does not return any results, you may still be eligible for recognition of prior learning at UTS.
Timeframe for applying
An application for prior learning 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 the second week of the session to allow for any adjustments to your study plan.
For late UAC offers, application for prior learning 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 students need to consider the impact of prior learning recognition on their overall course duration and requirements of their student visa. Application for prior learning 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 prior learning 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 recognition of prior learning 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.
Assessment of recognition of prior learning
To be granted recognition of prior learning, previous learning must be assessed as being equivalent to the UTS subject as 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 components 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. Recognition of prior learning will not be considered for units of study that were awarded a conceded pass or a fail (less than 50%).
Recognition of prior learning limit
The maximum credit recognition you can receive is up to a maximum of two-thirds of the credit points required to complete your new UTS course.
Time limit since previous study
The maximum number of years between completing the external course and admission into the UTS course for all approved credit recognition is set at 7 years.
Granting credit on the basis of work experience
The School of Communication may consider credit recognition for specific postgraduate degrees on the basis of work experience AND supported by an underpinning relevant qualification. This applies to Master of Strategic Communication Management (subject - 57210 Managing Public Communication) and Master and Graduate Diploma in Advanced Journalism (subject - 57083 Advanced Journalism). Applicants will need to provide a current resume, outlining the related experience, accompanied by supporting reference/s from relevant employer/s and a certified copy of any academic transcripts for any underpinning qualification/s.
Subjects from undergraduate courses in graduate courses
In general, the School of Communication does not grant credit for subjects from undergraduate courses in graduate courses. (Access section 5.9 from the UTS Credit recognition Policy).
Recognition of prior learning for internal course transfers
If you submit an internal course transfer for a UTS articulated course, credit will be automatically recognised where the subject number and version number are identical in each course. In these cases, the subject grade will be recorded for the course transferred to. It will not count towards your grade point average (GPA).
In all other cases, prior learning recognition is not automatic and an application for prior learning recognition must be made. If prior learning is recognised in these cases, no grade will be recorded for you and therefore will not contribute to your grade point average (GPA).
Recognition of prior learning for concurrent study
In exceptional circumstances, School of Communication students may be allowed to study a limited number of subjects at another approved tertiary institution and have these counted towards their UTS course.
Students will not be granted permission to undertake concurrent study if UTS offers the equivalent subjects or if students wish to accelerate their studies. Students must apply before starting studies at another institution and must have prior approval from UTS School of Communication. Students who complete subjects at another institution without prior approval for may have credit granted.
Applications must be submitted at least four weeks before the start of the teaching period during which the student wishes to undertake the study.
Recognition of prior learning by external providers
Programs of study taught by external providers may also be recognised for credit in UTS award courses.
UTS: Communication awards block credit for previous study with the following institutions under pre-determined arrangements.
- UTS Insearch, Australia
- Singapore Polytechnics
- Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore
- Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore
- Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore
How to apply
Applications for recognition of prior learning must be submitted to the UTS Student Administration team.
Read more about how to apply for recognition of prior learning.
Further information, including application procedures, can be found on the University's Recognition of prior learning page.
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