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‘Credit transfer’ and ‘credit recognition’ are the terms used by Deakin University to describe the recognition of prior study, experience or work and the potential transfer of credit from that prior study or work towards your Deakin degree. Credit transfer and credit recognition were previously known at Deakin as ‘credit for prior learning’ (CPL) or ‘advanced standing’.
Deakin recognises formal, informal and non-formal learning.
Formal learning is learning that takes place through an accredited course or qualification.
Informal and non-formal learning
Informal learning is learning gained through work or life experiences.
Non-formal learning is learning gained through a structured program of learning that does not lead to an officially accredited qualification.
Deakin offers both specified and unspecified credit for prior studies.
Specified credit can be matched directly to a specific Deakin unit (for example a core unit in a major). This is normally from a formal learning environment.
Unspecified credit is credit that may be granted towards a non-core part of a course, such as an elective unit.
Credit can be offered in the form of block credit or credit for individual units. Block credit is defined in the Australian Qualifications Framework as ‘credit granted towards whole stages or components of a program of learning leading to a qualification’. This can be made up of specified credit (credit matched to individual units) and/or unspecified credit (credit that may be granted towards non-core or elective units). Individual units for study completed elsewhere will also be assessed.
When assessing your application for credit, Deakin will need to ensure that your previous study meets the standards set by the Australian Qualifications Framework. In this way, you can be sure that your qualification is of the highest quality and benchmarked across all courses at the same level in Australia.
Deakin academic staff will look for evidence of the following when assessing your previous study:
The Deakin University Credit for Prior Learning Database will give you an example of the credit that is available for studies you may have done at other Australian and international institutions. You can search for approved credit by institution or by course. The database is particularly useful if you have completed a course elsewhere at another tertiary institution in Australia or overseas.
Please note that the database records information on an institutional, course, and unit level (specified credit). For advice and further information on partially completed courses or on individual units for which you wish to seek credit, please contact the Faculty Student Support Office on your campus (see contact details below).
Credit for TAFE diplomas
Block credit can be offered for applicants who have completed a TAFE qualification.
If you have undertaken an Australian TAFE course (at Diploma level or above), you will generally be able to gain the following block credit (unspecified) towards your Deakin degree:
Specified credit of up to 8 credit points for a TAFE Diploma and 12 credit points for a TAFE Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree will be considered on a case by case basis.
Credit for partially completed TAFE diplomas
Credit for partially completed TAFE awards will also be assessed on a case by case basis.
Credit for TAFE Certificate IV
Credit for TAFE Certificate IV qualifications, other than those specifically approved by Faculty Board, is generally not permitted.
In all circumstances, if you are granted credit for prior studies, you must complete a minimum of one-third of your course at Deakin.
You may study another course concurrently with your Deakin course and receive credit towards your Deakin course. It is advisable to discuss this with your Enrolment Officer at the time of enrolment.
To qualify for credit, your previous study must normally have been completed no more than ten years before your application to Deakin for credit. If your qualifications were gained more than 10 years before you apply to Deakin, you may still submit an application for assessment if you have maintained involvement in the discipline area and can provide evidence of this.
Credit will not be granted:
It is recommended that you apply to the Faculty of Arts and Education for credit at the time that you apply for admission to your course. If you are likely to want credit for any part of your course that is being taught in your commencing trimester, you must submit your application for credit at least two weeks prior to the commencement of that trimester.
You will need to complete an online application form and include:
Applications for specified credit will not be processed without this information.
Further information about certified copies can be found at: www.deakin.edu.au/study-at-deakin/apply/certified-copies-applications
Please note that you must submit certified copies only of your supporting documents as originals will not be returned.
Online applications are to be submitted to the Faculty at firstname.lastname@example.org or in hardcopy format to the Student Services Office listed below (Monday - Friday between 10 am and 4 pm).
You will receive an auto-generated email confirming receipt of your application. Please try to keep a copy of your application and details.
A formal assessment of CPL will usually take up to two (2) weeks to be processed. At peak times of the trimester, however, this process may take longer. You will be notified via email of the outcome of your application.
If the outcome of your application affects your enrolment, it is your responsibility to amend your enrolment online using StudentConnect.
When you have formally enrolled and your application has been assessed, you will be notified of the outcome of your application. It is then your responsibility to go into StudentConnect and make adjustments to your enrolment, if necessary.
Enquiries and applications
Faculty of Arts and Education Student Services Offices
Tel: +61 3 9246 8100
Melbourne Burwood Campus
Geelong Waurn Ponds
Tel: +61 3 5227 3370 or
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Tel: +61 3 5563 3314
Off-campus (Distance Education)
Tel: +61 3 5227 3387