Essential reading before you apply
This page provides information specific to recognition of prior learning (RPL) towards UTS: Information Technology courses and is designed to be read in conjunction with the University's RPL page.
Please note the following important points:
- Subjects completed over three years prior to your first session of study in a UTS: Information Technology course will not be considered for RPL.
- The following deadlines apply for the submission of applications for RPL:
- Domestic applicants: applications must be submitted at the time of receiving an offer of admission to a UTS: Information Technology course and prior to formal enrolment.
- International applicants: where possible, applications should be submitted at the time of applying to UTS, but no later than the time of formal enrolment in a UTS: Information Technology course.
Relevant prior study at one of the following institutions may be recognised for credit:
If you have undertaken relevant study at another recognised university, you may be eligible for RPL. The Faculty assesses such applications for RPL on a case-by-case basis.
If your previous studies were undertaken overseas, you may be eligible for RPL provided that the institution is recognised by UTS as part of an external articulation arrangement. Consult the recognition of prior learning tool to see whether this applies.
If you have successfully completed the UTS Insearch Diploma of Information Technology, you may be eligible to receive up to 48 credit points (one full-time year) of RPL, depending on your academic performance in the Diploma. Consult the recognition of prior learning tool for details on the specific credit granted.
There are a number of eligible TAFE NSW courses that we recognise. RPL is normally only granted for Diploma and Advanced Diplomas in the ICT training package. The information below applies only to TAFE NSW courses completed in the past three years.
Exemptions for business subjects
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology may be eligible for exemption for some business subjects if they have studied a business diploma at TAFE. Separate documentation must be supplied to the UTS Business School.
Specific subject exemptions
The following diplomas are recognised for 24 credit points of credit. Note: A maximum of one Diploma AND one Advanced Diploma will be recognised. It is possible to combine one Diploma and one Advanced Diploma to receive up to 48 credit points (one full-time year) of RPL.
|NATIONAL CODE||Course name|
|ICT50115||Diploma of Information Technology|
|ICT50215||Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games|
|ICT50315||Diploma of IT Systems Administration|
|ICT50415||Diploma of IT Networking|
|ICT50515||Diploma of Database Design and Development|
|ICT50615||Diploma of Website Development|
|ICT50715||Diploma of Software Development|
|ICT50815||Diploma of Systems Analysis and Design|
|ICT50915||Diploma of Digital Media Technologies|
|ICT60115||Advanced Diploma of Information Technology|
|ICT60215||Advanced Diploma of Network Security|
|ICT60315||Advanced Diploma of IT Business Analysis|
|ICT60415||Advanced Diploma of IT Project Management|
Students can also apply for specific subject RPL via Challenge Tests. Challenge Tests are normally undertaken during the orientation period before classes commence, and students must register to attend. Tests are currently offered for the following subjects:
- 31268 Web Systems
- 31277 Routing and Switching Essentials
- 32524 LANs and Routing [Postgraduate]
- 48023 Programming Fundamentals
RPL for undergraduate studies
Subjects undertaken as part of an undergraduate degree, irrespective of the level of study, will not be considered for RPL with the following exceptions:
- C04295 Master of Information Technology: up to 24 credit points of RPL may be granted for undergraduate studies equivalent to the four foundation subjects (professional stream):
- C04160 Master of Science in Internetworking: up to 6 credit points of RPL may be granted for undergraduate studies equivalent to the foundation core subject, 32524 LANs and Routing, completed within two (2) years of admission to C04160.
RPL for postgraduate studies
If you have undertaken relevant postgraduate-level study at another recognised university, you may be eligible for RPL. The Faculty assesses such applications on a case-by-case basis. RPL is not offered to students enrolled in a UTS IT graduate certificate course.
If you don't receive RPL, you may still be granted permission to substitute core subjects with an alternative/advanced postgraduate subject in a similar field of study. Subject substitution and RPL are subject to Faculty approval.
RPL for work experience
Unfortunately, RPL is not granted on the basis of work experience or in-house industry courses.
RPL (including subject exemption and subject substitution) for the networking subject 32524 LANS and Routing may be considered for holders of CCNA or CCNP certification with recent relevant industry experience. Applicants will normally be required to pass a Challenge Test to demonstrate equivalent learning. The same applies to those who have passed the CCNA curriculum in TAFE Certificate IV and/or Diploma. The Challenge Test normally takes place in the week prior to the commencement of classes. Applicants must obtain Faculty approval prior to attending the Challenge Test.
Further information, including application procedures, can be found on the University's RPL page.