Overloading is the enrolment in more credit points in a study period than would normally be permitted in a full-time study load.
- Overloading by adding a fifth credit point (one additional credit point only) to a study period is permitted only if a number of conditions are met.
- You can meet with a Student Adviser to discuss your options prior to submitting your application.
- Overloading your enrolment will increase your commitment and workload during the study period, which may impact on your future results and Weighted Average Mark (WAM). Enrolling in more than four credit points per study period is therefore not recommended.
- If you are approved to overload your enrolment and undertake more than four credit points per study period, you are not able to request extensions, special consideration or remission of debt in special circumstances on the grounds of workload.
- You should refer to the important dates in The Handbook and make yourself familiar with the dates relating to withdrawal of units and any related financial or academic penalties.
- Please note that if a study period overload results in a course overload (more than the maximum credit points required for your course, eg, 24 credit points), there will be additional fees and full fee rates would normally apply to these units. Commonwealth Supported Students should discuss the implications of this with a Student Adviser.
To be considered for an overload of units you must meet the following criteria
- You have at least the minimum WAM for your faculty
|Faculty|| Minimum WAM|
Arts and Education
Business and Law
- Exercise and Sport Science courses: 65, student must be in their final year of studies, to be assessed on a case by case basis
- Health and Social Development courses: 65, except social work placement units which will be assessed on a case by case basis
- Medicine: N/A – students cannot overload for any courses
- Nursing and Midwifery undergraduate courses: 65, to be assessed on a case by case basis
- Nursing and Midwifery postgraduate courses: H711, with no specialisation, can be considered on a case by case basis. All other overloading requests will be not be approved
- Psychology undergraduate courses: 60, to be assessed on a case by case basis
- Psychology postgraduate courses: 70, approvals for overloading in PG Psychology courses can only be granted in H603, H750, H752 and H744.
- All other courses: Assessed on a case by case basis
Science, Engineering and Built Environment
- You are enrolled full time in one course
- You have not have failed a unit in the last two study periods and
- You have demonstrated satisfactory completion of four credit points in one study period
How to apply
To apply to overload your units in a study period please complete this online form.
- Applications can be submitted prior to result release. You will be notified of the outcome of your application by the end of the second week of trimester to align with the last date to add units.
- Please ensure you provide relevant information in the 'reason for application' section, as this is taken into consideration in the assessment process.
- Applications that do not meet the above criteria will only be considered in exceptional circumstances on a case by case basis.
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