The purpose of the Advanced Standing and Articulation Policy is to explain the Advanced Standing that students can gain for learning already undertaken, while maintaining academic standards and integrity. It aims to enhance progression into and between Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications, through consistent and equitable recognition of formal and informal prior learning.
This policy incorporates provisions to ensure compliance with the AQF Qualifications Pathways Policy and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Act 2011 and the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011.
This policy applies to the allocation of Advanced Standing for prospective and current undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students, including Advanced Standing covered by articulation arrangements with Australian and overseas higher education providers. This policy does not apply to Advanced Standing for higher degree by research Awards.
This document outlines policy and principles for:
assessing and granting Advanced Standing into and towards AQF qualifications, while maintaining the integrity of JCU’s Awards;
Advanced Standing arrangements that recognise the range of different pathways into and between AQF qualifications;
granting Advanced Standing to students within approved course structures, and where course rules permit; and
articulation arrangements with other higher education providers, to facilitate movement between institutions and standardise the Advanced Standing awarded to students.
Granting Advanced Standing recognises that an applicant has a sufficient basis of prior knowledge, understanding and skills to achieve the learning outcomes for the AQF level in the time specified.
Decisions to grant Advanced Standing will be evidence-based, applied consistently and fairly, made in a timely manner and made in accordance with the terms of the Advanced Standing Procedures.
Advanced Standing will not impinge upon the integrity of the University’s qualification outcomes and discipline requirements of the Award.
The University applies Advanced Standing for whole (complete) subjects only.
The University will provide current, accurate and accessible information to prospective and enrolled students on Advanced Standing arrangements for prior study and informal/non-formal learning to enable them to make choices between alternative pathways and the Advanced Standing that may be available to them. For further information on eligibility and how to apply, refer to the Enrolment website.
Decisions for determining the application of Advanced Standing will:
be based on establishing the equivalence of academic achievement taking into account the similarity or differences in the education processes involved;
consider if the learning is suitably relevant and current;
assess the relationship and equivalence between the subjects in one qualification with those in the other qualification in regard to the learning outcomes, volume of learning, program of study (including content), and learning and assessment approaches;
take into account the specifications of the relevant Award requirements; and the content and level of learning acquired other than from formal study, for example in a professional workplace or in a professional capacity; and
be subject to the Award’s admission requirements.
Applicants may be eligible for Advanced Standing if they have completed study at a university or recognised provider of post-secondary education. The time-limit for granting Advanced Standing for completed formal qualifications is usually 10 years for undergraduate qualifications, but varies by Award and is listed in the Award rules for each course.
Advanced Standing for a partially completed formal qualification may be granted towards subjects passed at a university or a recognised provider of post-secondary education, provided equivalence to JCU subjects can be determined.
Informal and non-formal prior learning may contribute to Advanced Standing by an applicant demonstrating relevant and current equivalent learning outcomes or knowledge through one or more of the following methods, and as required under the Award rules:
Certificates of competency or attendance from industry recognised courses;
Observation of workplace skills and practice by a qualified observer designated by the University;
Completion of some or all of the assessment requirements (or equivalent) as may be specified by the co-ordinator of the subject for which Advanced Standing is sought;
Interview by expert panel, including one impartial expert in the area;
Fully documented portfolio of work completed while practising in industry. The authenticity of all work must be certified in writing by a supervisor or by the person/s responsible for commissioning the work;
A comprehensive curriculum vitae accompanied by a statutory declaration from the applicant stating that the information contained in the curriculum vitae is a true and accurate record of the applicant’s experience.
JCU awards credit into certain subjects for studies completed in an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.
Advanced Standing towards an undergraduate Award is not normally given for study at secondary school level unless a prior agreement is in place, however requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Advanced Standing will not be granted where professional accreditation requirements limit the granting of Advanced Standing based on secondary school level studies.
The range of Advanced Standing that may be granted for formal qualifications attained from a university or recognised provider of higher education is listed below.
Certificate IV– 0-12 credit points
Diploma– 0-24 credit points towards a 3 year Bachelor Award (33 % Advanced Standing)
Diploma –0-24 credit points towards a 4 year Bachelor Award (25 % Advanced Standing)
Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree - 0-36 credit points towards a 3 year Bachelor Award (50% Advanced Standing)
Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree - 0-36 credit points towards a 4 year Bachelor Award (37.5 % Advanced Standing)
Bachelor Award - 0-48 credit points towards a three year Bachelor degree (66% Advanced Standing)
Bachelor Award - 0-63 credit points towards a four year Bachelor degree (66% Advanced Standing)
Advanced Standing requirements towards Bachelor degrees longer than four years are listed in the Award rules
Advanced Standing requirements towards Honours qualifications are listed in the Award rules.
Where Award requirements permit the recognition of informal and/or non-formal prior learning:
the maximum Advanced Standing that may be granted towards a three year Bachelor Award is 24 credit points; and
the maximum Advanced Standing that may be granted towards a four year (or longer) Award is 33 credit points.
Advanced Standing requirements towards postgraduate degrees by coursework are listed in the Award rules, and vary depending on:
previous cognate or non-cognate discipline study; and
previous relevant qualifications and experience.
AQF Level 9 Advanced Standing may be granted into a Masters by Coursework degree if the applicant demonstrates sufficient prior knowledge and skills to achieve the course learning outcomes in the time available in the course, and if the Award rules allow.
Students moving from an earlier stage of a nested program to a later stage will receive full Advanced Standing for studies undertaken in the earlier stage, whether or not they have had the earlier Award conferred.
A current JCU student may apply to transfer from one Award to another, and will be eligible to gain up to 100% of Advanced Standing for subjects undertaken where:
the original Award has not been conferred and
there is subject equivalence between the Awards and
the academic integrity of the Award is maintained
Any Advanced Standing granted applies only to the specified Award for which it is granted. If a student applies to change from one Award to another, Advanced Standing will only be granted in accordance with the Award requirements of the Award into which the student is transferring. This may result in loss of Advanced Standing previously granted.
Prerequisite requirements necessary to fulfil the entry requirements into JCU Awards may not also be used for credit/Advanced Standing in that Award.
Advanced Standing will normally only be granted for formal studies completed prior to admission to the course for which Advanced Standing is being sought.
Advanced Standing for particular previous study or informal/non-formal learning will only be granted once in a course (for example, Advanced Standing for a particular subject undertaken at another university will be granted as either general or exempt Advanced Standing, but not both).
The maximum Advanced Standing listed in the Award rules should not be exceeded through the granting of Advanced Standing for formal studies alone, credit for informal or non-formal experience alone or a combination of formal studies, informal and non-formal studies.
Students are required to undertake a minimum of 18 credit points of third and/or fourth year level subjects unless otherwise specified in the Award rules for each course.
Eligibility for Advanced Standing does not guarantee a place in a course except where this is included as part of an Articulation Agreement (as defined in the Guidelines for the Establishment and Review or Articulation Agreements) between the University and another institution.
In accordance with the terms of the Advanced Standing Procedures, once a decision has been made to grant Advanced Standing, the decision cannot be rescinded unless:
an error has been made in assessing an application;
the documentation provided by the applicant is misleading; or
the applicant requests that the Advanced Standing be rescinded.
Articulation Agreements are designed to ensure consistency in agreements with both higher education providers or vocational education and training providers, whether Australian or overseas, and whether public or private.
JCU has a set of guidelines and procedures for the establishment and review of Articulation Agreements. Articulation Agreements are designed to help students transition to JCU, and they typically involve (but are not limited to) an agreement to Award block credit or Advanced Standing. The Advanced Standing Calculator (credit calculator) shows Advanced Standing that may be allocated to a JCU course, based on previous studies at a recognised tertiary institution.
Decisions to grant Advanced Standing will be subject to review and appeal in accordance with the terms of the Advanced Standing Procedures.
Advanced Standing Procedures
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)
Date for next review:
Description of changes
Replaces Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning (revised 01.11.2014). This version incorporates provisions to ensure compliance with the AQF Qualifications Pathways Policy and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Act 2011 and the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011.
Gill Cowden & Julie Woodward
Roles amended to reflect organization re-structure
Amendments to section 4, and text added under ‘Definitions’. Implementation 31/08/2010
Consequential amendments made to advanced standing details for postgraduate coursework awards on 16/11/09, following approval of Framework for Postgraduate Courses Policy on 20/08/09.
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