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Non-credit Exemptions

What are non-credit exemptions?

A non-credit exemption is a type of exempt Advanced Standing that is granted in cases where students are not eligible to receive credit. For example, graduate students may not be eligible for credit for any level 1-3 subjects completed as part of an undergraduate degree, but they may be eligible for non-credit exemptions.

If you have completed a subject or group of subjects deemed substantially equivalent to a subject in your course, you may be granted a non-credit exemption from that specific subject. In this situation the exemption does not reduce the number of subjects you must complete to fulfil the requirements of your degree.

Accepting non-credit exemptions will mean that you are no longer required to complete that subject, but have the opportunity to take another subject in its place. There is no change to the number of subjects you will be required to complete.

How do I apply for non-credit exemptions?

To apply for a non-credit exemption you will need to submit an application for Advanced Standing. As part of your application you will need to submit a copy of your official academic transcript and detailed subject descriptions for the subjects previously completed. The subject guides must be specific to the year that you completed the subject and include credit points, contact hours, assessment details and a week-by-week list of topics. Please specify the subject/s for which you're seeking  a non-credit exemption.

Are non-credit exemptions granted for core subjects, or for elective subjects too?

Non-credit exemptions are only granted for core (foundation and/or compulsory) subjects that are required for the degree. Non-credit exemptions are not granted for elective subjects or for core subjects that form part of a restricted choice of elective subjects. If you have previously completed a subject that is part of a restricted set of subjects, you must select other subjects in that set.

What do I replace an 'exempt' subject with?

If you have been approved for a non-credit exemption you will be required to take another subject, usually an elective subject, in its place. If you are required to select from a specific list of subjects, you will be advised of this in the outcome email of your course application.

What are the deadlines for applications?

Applications for non-credit exemptions for subjects undertaken in the current semester must be submitted by 5pm Friday of the first week of semester. This is to allow sufficient time for the request to be processed before the last date to enrol in a new subject. Please note that the last date to enrol in a standard semester subject is the end of week 2 and enrolment after the second week of semester requires Subject Coordinator approval.

As per the Advanced Standing Policy, applications for advanced standing will not be considered if the student has completed more than half of the credit points for their course.

Can I decline or rescind a non-credit exemption?

Students are permitted to decline exemptions as long as they still meet course and subject requirements, such as the sequencing of subjects as determined by published course structures and subject prerequisites. Exemptions from core subjects cannot be rescinded after the student has completed a more advanced subject in the sequence (for example, a subject that requires the completion of the exempt subject as a prerequisite).

Note if you choose to rescind an exemption and fail the subject, you are no longer eligible for the exemption. If the subject is a core or foundation subject, you will then be required to complete the subject as part of your degree.

Refer to the Advanced Standing website for details on how to rescind Advanced Standing.

Will non-credit exemptions affect the accreditation in my course?

Please note that non-credit exemptions will not appear on your academic transcript.

Non-credit exemptions may not meet the accreditation requirements of professional bodies and organisations. You must seek advice from the accrediting body on whether accepting non-credit exemptions will affect your professional accreditation eligibility.