Policy Student Services Credit and Articulation Policy

Credit and Articulation Policy

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To assist in the evaluation and granting of Credit that students can gain for learning already undertaken, while maintaining academic standards and integrity; and to ensure that credit processes  effectively support student recruitment.


This policy applies to all prospective and current students applying for credit except those students admitted to, or applying for admission to, higher degree by research awards.


Refer to Policy Glossary.

Credit is the value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualifications. Credit reduces the amount of further learning remaining to achieve a qualification and may be achieved through credit transfer, articulation, recognition of prior learning or advanced standing.

Articulation arrangements enable students to progress from a recognised academic program to a JCU course with admission and/or credit in a defined pathway.


JCU seeks the application of credit to be:

  1. Encouraged through complete communication at the point of application and during course work.
  2. Allocated in a fair and consistent manner appropriate to the course of study and the AQF level.
  3. An assurance that the student is not put at risk of being unprepared for the JCU course and the course learning outcomes.
  4. Designed to provide maximum credit to assist students to move through their degrees without replicating learning outcomes already achieved.
  5. Designed to decrease the risk of non-progression, or failing to achieve required outcomes.
  6. Designed for ease of application and evaluation by both the prospective student and the academic/professional staff member.
  7. Utilised in links with industry and professional bodies through recognition of relevant workplace training and professional experience.


  1. All allocations of credit must comply with the AQF Qualifications Pathways Policy and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Act 2011, the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015 and the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act).
  2. Decisions on credit must ensure that integrity of qualification outcomes is maintained, including progression into and between Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications, through consistent and equitable recognition of formal and informal prior learning.
  3. Credit is granted, including maximum credit with approved course structures, where course rules permit.
  4. Credit is granted on the basis that the student is not disadvantaged in subsequent learning, relative to a JCU student at the same stage of the academic program.
  5. All evaluation of credit must demonstrate consistency, fairness and transparency in the decision-making process.
  6. Formal agreements and precedents will be documented and made available to students on the university website.
  7. Students will be provided with outcome/s of their application, including reasons for the decision, within timeframes designed to increase enrolment opportunities in accordance with the Credit and Articulation Procedure.
  8. To ensure continuous improvement is evident, regular performance metrics by discipline will be provided to the Director, Academic Quality and Strategy for DTES and DTHM and Director, Student Services.
  9. Credit decisions are subject to the Student Complaint Management Policy and Procedures and Student Appeals Policy and Student Appeals Procedures. Students will be advised of the complaints process when notified of a decision.

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Related documents and legislation


Approval Details

Policy Sponsor

Deputy Vice Chancellor Students

Approval Authority

Academic Board

Date for next review:


Revision History


Approval Date

Implementation Date

Description of changes





Major amendment to replace Advanced Standing and Articulation Policy, remove procedural content and to clarify the principles and rules of granting Credit.

Credit, Advanced Standing and Articulations Project Officer

18-1 19/03/2018 20/03/2018 Minor amendment to remove reference to procedures which are not yet established. Quality, Standards and Policy Officer




Replaces Credit 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

Policy Officer




Amendments to section 4, and text added under ‘Definitions’. Implementation 31/08/2010





Consequential amendments made to Credit 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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Credit, Advanced Standing and Articulations Project Officer