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Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning


An application for credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) is made when a current or prospective student wishes to have prior learning counted towards the completion of an award course at the University of Sydney. Students who are successful in applying for credit/RPL receive advanced standing in their award course (i.e. the total number of units the student must complete within their award is reduced).

There are two main types of credit:

Internal Credit: granted to current students of the University of Sydney transferring from one award course to another (in a relevant field) at the University of Sydney.

External Credit/RPL: granted to current or prospective students of the University of Sydney on the basis of prior study or relevant professional work experience (RPL granted on the basis of professional work experience is only offered towards the Master of Commerce and Master of Professional Accounting programs).

Provisions and Process

Students are advised to refer to the relevant section of the University of Sydney Coursework Policy 2014, in conjunction with the Sydney Business School - Credit Provisions document available at the University of Sydney Policy Register. These essential documents detail the rules and processes associated with all applications for credit in Business School programs for current and prospective students, undergraduate and postgraduate.

General Advice

The granting of non-specific credit and RPL is at the discretion of the School and is made in accordance with the Local Provisions referred to above. Credit/RPL of 24 credit points (or more) reduces the duration of an award course (in most cases). International students who are considering applying for a Post Study Work Visa or General Skilled Migration should seek advice from an immigration agent or the Department of Immigration and Border Protection as to how this may impact their eligibility for such an application.

Before accepting any credit/RPL offered, students should think carefully about the implications of accepting credit/RPL on their future study plans, for example, the majors/specialisations they wish to obtain.

Credit /RPL will not be granted if a student has failed the equivalent unit of study at the University of Sydney.

Students cannot enrol in a unit of study for which they have accepted credit.

Students must have all credit arrangements finalised by the end of their first semester of study in the Business School program.

Credit is not generally awarded for units listed as core within the program. This is to ensure all students receive an integrated learning experience, and to protect learning outcomes of the program(s).