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How to apply for credit

You must have an offer to study at UniSC prior to applying for credit. Applicants need to use their UniSC student login to access the online Application for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning. If you applied via QTAC, you need to submit your credit application to UniSC.

We can offer you general advice about applying, but we won’t be able to confirm a credit outcome until your application has been assessed.

Once you have received your UniSC offer, we recommend you apply for credit as early as possible, and no later than the commencement of the relevant teaching period so you have plenty of time to finalise your enrolment.

NOTE: Please allow up to thirty working days for your application to be assessed. This time frame may be extended during peak periods and for complex applications.

You must submit your application before the credit transfer on-time application due date  to make sure it is assessed before classes start. Applications or supporting documentation received after this date may not be assessed in time for the relevant semester.

How to submit your application

Apply online and upload or provide links to all supporting documents.

Note: You must use your UniSC student login to access this application form.

 

Required documentation and information 

PREVIOUS TERTIARY / UNIVERSITY STUDIES
  1. In the online form, please complete the course equivalency table outlining the credit you seek. This is mandatory. Review the program structure at UniSC and compare with courses you have previously completed elsewhere.
  2. Copy of your official Statement of Academic Record from the institution/s where you studied previously. We can commence credit assessment with an unofficial academic transcript, however, an official transcript will be required to finalise your credit assessment prior to commencement at UniSC.
  3. A course outline for each course/unit you wish to have assessed for credit (from the year and semester in which the course/unit was completed). Course outlines that do not display the institution's logo and details, or documents copied into Word will not be accepted. You may include this information as clickable weblinks to the institution webpage or upload as pdf’s in the online application form. The outline information should include a course synopsis, unit values, contact hours, learning outcomes, level of study and instruction undertaken including content covered (e.g. weekly lecture schedule).

NOTE: you do not need to provide an academic record for studies undertaken at UniSC.

PREVIOUS TAFE / VET SECTOR QUALIFICATIONS
  1. Copy of your official Statement of Academic Record from the institution/s where you studied previously. We can commence credit assessment with an unofficial academic transcript, however, an official transcript will be required to finalise your credit assessment prior to commencement at UniSC).

  2. A Program and Course outline for your qualification from the institution for the Semester/Year that you undertook studies in:
    • Check the Credit Transfer Calculator on the UniSC website.
      • If your qualification is listed on the Credit Transfer Calculator, you don’t need to provide course outlines.
      • If your qualification is not listed on the Credit Transfer Calculator, please include a copy of the program / course outline as outlined above.

Course outlines that do not display the institution's logo and details, or documents copied into Word will not be accepted.

You may include this information as clickable weblinks to the institution webpage or upload as pdf’s in the online application form.

NOTE: Credit can only be considered from a completed TAFE / VET qualification, Certificate IV and above.

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING BASED ON PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

Your application should be targeted to a specific course (or courses) in your program and should identify how you meet the learning outcomes and content for each course you wish to seek credit for. This would normally comprise a portfolio of supporting documents, such as:

  • covering letter addressing learning outcomes and content for each course
  • resume
  • certified copies of professional references
  • evidence of professional development activities
  • position descriptions, performance plans and reports

If you have been self-employed, your self-employment can be substantiated by copies of statements from your accountant, solicitor or tax agent which include details such as:

  • Type of business conducted
  • Job title
  • Duties performed, etc.

Program Specific information

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

External accreditation requirements for this program allow for credit transfer to be granted for study completed at minimum of AQF level 7 Bachelor degree level only. Credit transfer cannot be granted for study completed at TAFE/RTO level (Advanced Diploma or lower), or for non-formal learning.

Bachelor of Counselling

The profession of counselling is accredited by two peak professional associations in Australia; the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Both of these peak bodies endorse the Bachelor of Counselling at UniSC. Compliance with the training standards of ACA and PACFA is necessary to maintain endorsement. In regard to awarding course credit, the PACFA training standard (standard 4.2) states that no academic credit is allowed for the client contact and clinical supervision requirements which takes place during training. At UniSC, this pertains to two courses – COU363 and COU364. However, given that COU361 and COU362 are co-requisites for COU363 and COU364 respectively, it includes them indirectly. Eg you cannot enrol in COU363 without also studying its co-requisite, COU361. Other courses (not placement related courses) in the program can be considered for credit.

Bachelor of Midwifery

Students who are Registered Nurses (RN) in Australia with a degree in Nursing are eligible to apply for credit to follow the Registered Nurse Pathway. Students who wish to apply for the RN Pathway must submit an application for credit transfer, including their Nursing academic transcript and evidence of current RN registration with AHPRA.

Bachelor of Nursing Science

Diploma of Nursing pathway: You can receive credit transfer (of 8 courses) if you hold current AHPRA registration as an Enrolled Nursing (Division 2) (General) without restrictions/conditions and have completed a Diploma of Nursing from an accredited Australian education provider within 10 years prior to admission. NOTE: If you do not have current registration or hold current registration with restrictions etc, no credit transfer will be granted. If your diploma was completed more than 10 years ago, please contact our Credit team for advice.

RPL towards Social Work & Human Services Field Placement Courses

Students should submit their RPL application for a social work or human services field placement course, one semester prior to the semester in which they are actually due to undertake placement. It takes approximately 6 months to coordinate and prepare student placements.

Students are strongly encouraged to make a meeting time to discuss the application process and their individual circumstances, with the Course Coordinator and Lead for Social Work and Human Services Field Education. Please contact Rachel McCarthy on rmccarthy@usc.edu.au to organise a meeting before an application is submitted.

Students should read the Process for Applying for RPL document when preparing an application, which outlines the ASWEAS accreditation requirements, the application process, supporting documentation requirements and additional considerations.

Bachelor of Social Work

Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS) is the accreditation body for this program. To meet the ASWEAS accreditation requirements students must complete all core social work subjects. Work experience can only be used as credit for part or all of the first social work placement course (ie no other courses in the program). In order to maintain the integrity of the social work programs and qualification outcomes, please note that credit towards core social work subjects based on non-academic study or work experience will not be granted. Please refer to sections 4.7 and 5.3 of ASWEAS.

Bachelor Sport and Exercise Science

External accreditation requirements for this program allow for credit transfer to be granted for study completed at minimum of AQF level 7 Bachelor degree level only. Credit transfer cannot be granted for study completed at TAFE/RTO level (Advanced Diploma or lower), or for non-formal learning. Credit towards the SPX coded courses in general will need to come from another Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) accredited program and will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

External accreditation requirements for this program, as outlined by Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), allow for credit transfer to be considered from comparable (AQF level 9) Masters level study. Credit cannot be awarded from undergraduate (AQF level 7) or study from Honours (AQF level 8).

What happens next?

Once your application has been assessed, you will be notified of the outcome of your application via email to your UniSC student email account.

Please allow up to thirty working days for your application to be assessed. This time frame may be extended during peak periods and for complex applications.

Refer to the Credit Transfer - Academic Policy and Credit Transfer - Procedures for more details.