Credit for prior learning (CPL)

Whether you've studied before or been in the workforce, you can use your learning qualifications and experience to gain credit towards your Deakin degree – saving time and money.

What is credit?

To qualify for a degree, you must complete a certain number of credit points (each subject you study has a credit point value). For example, a Bachelor of Arts degree requires the successful completion of 24 credit points. Credit for prior learning (CPL) is the recognition of previous study or experience, reducing the number of subjects/units you need to study at Deakin, allowing you to complete your course earlier.

Can I receive credit for my qualification?

Deakin considers qualifications from many TAFEs and learning institutions worldwide for credit. However, certain TAFEs have formal credit arrangements with Deakin. Find out more about TAFE pathways.

To see how much credit you may be eligible for, select your course:

If you can't find your learning institution in the database, don't worry! Your course may still be eligible for credit, so include it in your application.

How do I apply?

We recommend that you submit your CPL application form (PDF, 190.8 KB)  at the same as your course application. You can apply for credit any time through the faculty course adviser relevant to your area of study. Find out more about applying to study at Deakin.

What should I include in my application?

  1. Academic transcripts (make sure they're certified copies) from your previous institution relevant to the course for which you are seeking credit. Your application won't be returned, so please do not send original documents.
  2. A short key to help explain the results in your academic transcripts.
  3. Any relevant documents detailing the entry requirements of the course for which you are seeking credit.
  4. An extract from the handbook of the previous institution showing course structure, credit point or equivalent weighting, unit syllabuses for any units for which credit is sought, assessment requirements for those units and details of textbooks and references.
  5. You may also have to provide a resume or VTAC Personal Statement.

Depending on your chosen degree, the following may be listed as a course requirement for non-Year 12 applicants:

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
The STAT assesses a range of skills that are considered important for success in tertiary study. There are two types of STAT tests, however Deakin only requires applicants to sit the STAT: Multiple Choice – a two-hour test of 70 questions. If required, you will need to book for the STAT via VTAC.

Australian Law Schools Entrance Test (ALSET)
The ALSET is compulsory for most non-Year 12 applicants applying for entry in any of Deakin's undergraduate law programs. The test evaluates your ability to think critically about issues and understand material. The questions are based on a wide range of law related stimulus materials.If you are unsure whether or not you need to sit the ALSET, please contact us on 03 5227 1277.
If required, book for the ALSET via VTAC.

VTAC Personal Statement
The VTAC Personal Statement provides non-Year 12 applicants with an opportunity to bring to the attention of selection officers any relevant factors or circumstances that cannot be included in the application itself. Your VTAC Personal Statement will be considered by selection officers during the selection process. Access it online via VTAC once you have registered and submitted your course application.

How is CPL assessed?

A committee from the relevant faculty for your area of study will review your application. This committee considers qualifications completed within the last 10 years. If your qualifications are more than 10 years old, you can still submit an application if you can demonstrate your maintained involvement in the subject area. Please note faculties may impose a shorter time limit for some courses to ensure currency of knowledge and skills.

What else do I need to know?

  • It's required that you complete at least one-third of your chosen course at Deakin. If you're undertaking a certificate, including graduate certificates, at least half the course must be completed at Deakin.
  • International students must fulfil the requirements of your student visa, even if CPL is granted by Deakin.
  • Centrelink benefits may be affected if your study load becomes part-time. Speak to a faculty course adviser to discuss options to maintain a full-time load.
  • Recognition by some professional associations or bodies may be affected by receiving CPL. For example, some professional bodies may require you to complete all of your studies in Australia. Please check with the relevant organisation for clarification.
  • Check out Deakin's Credit Transfer and Recognition Policy.

Interested in learning more?

Email pathways@deakin.edu.au or phone 1300 DEGREE (1300 334 733) to speak to one of our friendly team members.

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