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Academic progress

It's important to track your academic progress and make sure you're meeting the requirements of your course.

You should check your progress throughout your studies.

If you have questions or concerns about your progress, you can contact an academic advisor in your faculty or school.

If you’re a research student, you will complete an annual progress review to make sure you’re on track to meet your degree requirements.

What happens if I fail a unit of study?

Depending on the requirements of your course, failing a unit of study won't necessarily cause problems for your academic progression.

If you do fail a unit of study, check your course requirements in the resolutions in your handbook to make sure you enrol in units of study that meet your course requirements. If you need help planning your studies, you can speak with academic adviser in your faculty or school.

If you don't agree with a decision about your grade, you can make an appeal.

Unsatisfactory academic progress

We have academic progression requirements that you need to meet each semester. Information about our academic progression requirements are outlined in our Coursework Policy 2014. Faculty and course-specific requirements are available in the resolutions in your handbook.

We may identify that you are not meeting academic progression requirements if:

  • your semester average mark is less than 50 percent
  • you fail to pass the same unit of study twice
  • you don't pass compulsory units of study, field work, clinical work, practicum or other professional experience
  • you receive a Fail, Discontinue - fail or Absent fail grade in more than 50% of the credit points you are enrolled in for that semester.

If you haven’t met your academic progression requirements at the end of a semester, you will be placed on the academic progression register, where we’ll monitor your progress and provide support through our Staying on track program.

If you’re an international student and are not meeting your course requirements, the University is required to notify the Department of Home Affairs.

Finishing your course

When you are approaching the end of your course, we will check your progress to determine whether you have met your course requirements. We will email you and let you know if you're on track to complete your studies. If you still need to complete additional credit points, or have not met the requirements for your course, we'll advise you that you'll need to re-enrol.

Progression advice and support

If you're concerned about your academic progress during semester, it's a good idea to speak with an academic advisor in your faculty or school.

You can also access help and advice from a range of support services at the University, such as the Counselling and Psychological Services and Disability Services.

If you're an international student and you're worried about your academic progress, you can also contact our compliance officers at student.compliance@sydney.edu.au Find out more about support for international students.

If you're struggling with a particular unit of study, contact your Program Director. If you have general concerns about your academic progression, contact adp.asu@sydney.edu.au

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences holds academic progression advice sessions throughout semester.

Register for a session. If there are no sessions listed, email fass.progression@sydney.edu.au

All units of study offered by the Business School can only be undertaken three times. If you fail a compulsory or core unit three times, you cannot meet your degree requirements and you will need to withdraw from your program or be excluded from further study within the Business School.

To arrange an appointment to discuss your academic progression, please send an email to b.sapadmin@sydney.edu.au.

If you have questions or concerns about your academic progression, email the Engineering Progression and Appeals Officer at engineering.progression@sydney.edu.au.

Master’s degrees and Graduate Diplomas

If you have concerns about your academic progression, contact law.postgraduate@sydney.edu.au

Undergraduate courses

If you have concerns about your academic progression, contact law.professional@sydney.edu.au

Faculty of Health Sciences

If you fail a unit of study, you need to repeat it at the earliest opportunity.

If you fail two clinical or professional fieldwork units of study, you’ll be required to meet with the Associate Dean, Work Integrated Learning, to discuss your enrolment options.

Academic advisers may prescribe an enrolment plan if you’re repeating failed units of study, taking into account the non-standard study load and timetable difficulties.

If you’re struggling with a particular unit of study, contact your unit of study coordinator. If you have general concerns about your academic progression, contact your Program leader.

If you have questions or concerns about your academic progression, email science.academicadvice@sydney.edu.au.

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