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Degree progression, special permission to waive prerequisites, special consideration, variations of enrolment and graduation are among the procedures that must be addressed through the sydney student portal or by contacting the faculty's Student Administration Office.

Below is information outlining the forms that may be needed for these procedures, as well as an outline of what else is required.

Suspension of studies

Suspension of studies (sometimes referred to as deferment) may be granted to undergraduate students and students enrolled in the graduate-entry Master of Teaching course, usually for a period of one year (two semesters). Suspensions of only one semester are not permitted.

A suspension of studies may be granted because of travel, money, family or health reasons.

Suspensions cannot be granted to students wishing to undertake other study.

How to apply

  1. Log into sydney student.
  2. Go to the 'My Studies' tab and under the 'Course Details' section fill out and submit the request for suspension of studies form.
  3. You will be notified of the result or of any further required action.

Credit for previous studies

Credit may be given for previous study at the University of Sydney or other tertiary institutions.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work course may be granted credit for successfully completed study at TAFE colleges and other non-university institutions. For more information regarding the granting of credit for the Bachelor of Social Work course, please see the Bachelor of Social Work Future Students page.

Students enrolled in Education courses are not usually granted credit for study completed at TAFE colleges or other non-University institutions.

The maximum amount of undergraduate credit granted must not exceed half of the degree requirements, for example, no more than 96 credit points may be granted for a four-year degree.

Students seeking to determine if any Unit of Study they have completed previously is equivalent to a Unit of Study offered by the faculty, will need to compare the official descriptions published by respective course providers. Faculty staff cannot do this for students. It is each student's responsibility to determine the units for which they may be entitled to receive credit.

Master of Social Work (Qualifying) students are eligible to receive advanced credit by either (a) recognition of prior learning (RPL) through work experience, or (b) relevant academic units of study completed previously. As not all previously studied postgraduate units are eligible for credit within the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) program, please contact the Program Administrator for assistance.

How to apply

  1. Access the Faculty of Education and Social Work handbook entry of any Unit of Study for which you would like to gain credit.
  2. Obtain Unit of Study descriptions for the units you have studied elsewhere. These can usually be found in the appropriate handbook or by contacting your previous university. The description will usually need to contain details of the unit content, the credit point value and the contact hours.
  3. Log into sydney student.
  4. Go to the 'My Studies' tab and under the 'Course Details' section fill out and submit the application for credit and/or recognition for prior learning form.
  5. If your application for credit is successful you must complete the acceptance task in sydney student for your request to be completed.

Assignment extension

Students who are unable to submit an assessment task on time due to circumstances beyond their control, may apply for an extension to the deadline. Students seeking an extension after the due date need to apply for special consideration.

Extensions will normally be granted parsimoniously. They will be granted in terms of working days (not including weekends or public holidays), and will not extend beyond 5 working days. If an extension beyond 5 working days is required then a formal request for special consideration should be made.

Grounds for the granting of an extension need to be substantial. Normally they would require documented evidence of illness or misadventure.

How to apply

  1. Make a request for an extension via email to the relevant unit of study coordinator or person identified in the unit of study outline or course handbook.
  2. You will advised of the outcome of your request for extension by return email.

Special permission

Special permission must be sought by students:

  • to enrol in an education or social work Unit of Study without the required prerequisites or co-requisites
  • to enrol in more than 24 credit points in one semester
  • to enrol in an out-of-pattern Unit of Study, for example, enrolling in a third-year unit during the second year of your course
  • for other miscellaneous reasons that require faculty approval.

How to apply

  1. Log in to sydney student.
  2. Go to the 'My Studies' tab and under the 'Units of Study' section, click through to 'Other options' and follow the steps for applying for special permission.
  3. You will be notified of the result or of any further required action.

Special arrangements

Special arrangements is a formal procedure available to students who have an essential commitment that affects an assessment task and/or attendance or participation requirements for a Unit of Study.

Applications may be made in cases of:

  • essential religious commitment
  • compulsory legal absence such as jury duty
  • national, state or University sporting commitment
  • Australian Defence Force commitment (including Army Reserve)
  • emergency-services commitment, for example, State Emergency Services exercises.

How to apply

  1. Download and read the Special Arrangements Procedure and Information document, and follow the instructions.
  2. Download an Application for Special Arrangements form from our forms page.
  3. Take the completed form to each Unit of Study coordinator to be signed.
  4. Submit the signed form to the Faculty Office.

Students who are granted special arrangements must arrange make-up work and/or extensions with their Unit of Study coordinators.

Special consideration

Special consideration is a formal procedure available to students who have suffered a serious illness or misadventure that affects assessment task and/or attendance or participation requirements for a Unit of Study.

A serious illness or misadventure are those which affect your study or attendance requirements for more than one week. In cases of illness or misadventure which affect you for less than one week where you require extensions for assessment tasks, you should apply for an assignment extension.

How to apply:

  1. Download and read the Special Consideration Procedure and Information document, and follow the instructions.
  2. Download an Application for Special Consideration from our forms page.
  3. Submit the signed form to the Faculty Office.