Applying for course credit and exemption

If you have previous studies or professional experience, you can apply to receive course credits or exemptions to count towards your ANU degree.

ANU recognises formal, non-formal and informal prior learning, and may award specified credit, unspecified credit or exemption. The type of status you may be granted is determined by the extent to which you have achieved the required learning outcomes relevant to that course or degree.


Types of Prior Learning
Formal Non-formal Informal
Learning that takes place through a structured program and leads to a partial or complete officially accredited qualification. For example: Learning that takes place through a structured program but does not lead to a partial or complete officially accredited qualification. For example:
  • Non-accredited but assessed workplace courses run by a tertiary institution.
  • Tertiary courses taken on a non-award basis.
Learning gained through employment experience, volunteering, internship or workplace-based training. Informal learning is not organised or externally structured in terms of objectives, time or learning support. 

Types of Status

Specified Credit

Specified credit is awarded when prior learning is demonstrated as exact or similar to an ANU course or courses. It can be awarded as a core, major, minor, specialisation or elective course or courses.

Example: COURSE A = COMP1100

If you receive specified credit, you are exempt from completing the recognised course or courses.


Unspecified Credit

Unspecified credit is awarded when prior learning is demonstrated as relevant to the overall learning outcomes of your degree. It is usually awarded as an elective course or courses.

Example: COURSE B = ANU-Elective (6 units)

If you receive unspecified credit, you will complete fewer courses and the duration of your degree may be reduced.


Exemption

Exemption is awarded when prior learning is considered to have met the pre-requisites for a higher-level course.

Example: COURSE C = COMP6262, allowing you to enrol directly into COMP6320

Exemption may also be awarded if prior learning is demonstrated as relevant to part of the learning outcomes of an ANU course or courses. If you receive an exemption, you are exempt from completing the recognised course or courses but must complete another approved course in its place. However, if you receive an exemption for a course when an alternative is listed, you must complete the alternatively listed course to satisfy the program requirements of the degree. For example, if a Master of Computing student receives an exemption from COMP6331, they are required to complete the alternative course, COMP6340.


Important Dates

You can submit an application for course credit and exemption at any time. However, we strongly recommend students submit their application before the start of their degree or the current semester. It can take up to four weeks (20 working days) for an outcome, which may influence your enrolment choices.

Date Action
22nd January Last day to submit a course credit and exemption application to receive an outcome before Semester 1.
25th June Last day to submit a course credit and exemption application to receive an outcome before Semester 2.

How to Apply

APPLY FOR CREDIT Use our online application form to apply for course credit and exemption Apply >

Before applying, make sure you have all the required supporting documents ready to attach to your application. Incomplete applications will not be processed, and you will need to reapply.

All applications for course credit and exemption require:

Other required evidence depends on the type of prior learning for which you are seeking credit and exemption.

Formal learning

  • Official transcripts.
  • Official course outlines or handbook entries for each course listed in the course details form. (Not required for courses completed at ANU.)
  • A written statment summarying key contents of each lecture of each course (Addtitiona document for Master of Machine Learning and Computer Vision and Graduate Certificate of Machine Learning and Computer Vision).

Non-formal learning

  • Evidence of program completion (e.g. training certificate). 
  • A written statement of how the learning outcomes for each ANU course for which credit/exemption is requested have been attained (maximum 500 words).

Informal learning

  • Evidence of achievement (e.g. a sample of work or a detailed employer reference). 
  • A written statement of how the learning outcomes for the ANU course(s) for which credit/exemption is requested have been attained (maximum 500 words).

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide an English translation. ANU accepts translations from the following organisations:


Outcomes

Applications are usually assessed in four weeks (20 working days); however, it can take longer during busy periods. Please do not resubmit or withdraw your application during this time. If you want to check the status of your application, please contact CECS Student Services.

Outcomes will be sent to your University email. The outcome notification will include:

  • Approved or denied courses credited or exempted (if any).
  • The total unit amount of course credit approved (if any).
  • Important information about how any credit/exemption contribute to your degree.
  • Your rights to appeal the decision under the appropriate award rules.

You will need to accept or decline the offered credit/exemption before we apply it to your degree.

Changing your enrolment

If you have been offered credit or exemption for any enrolled courses, make sure to follow the advice included in your outcome email. Any changes to your current enrolment must be done immediately. If you need help making changes to your enrolment, please contact CECS Student Services.


Appeals

If you believe you have grounds, you may appeal this decision to the College Associate Dean (Education) (email assoc.dean.edu.cecs@anu.edu.au). Your appeal must be in writing and sent within 20 working days of the date of the original outcome notification. 

You may appeal the decision of Associate Dean (Education) to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on procedural grounds only. Your appeal must be in writing and sent within 20 working days of the date of the advice of the decision by the College Associate Dean (Education).

Information about decisions made under the Awards Rules and appeal processes can be found at: Decisions made under the Awards Rules


Cancelling credit

To cancel awarded credit or exemptions, you must demonstrate exceptional academic reasons to the Associate Dean (Education). Your request must be in writing and outline the academic reasons for cancelling the approved credits or exemptions.

Updated:  1 June 2019/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing