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Academic progress

At the end of each semester we check your academic progress to make sure you’re meeting the requirements of your course.

Academic progression requirements include:

  • achieving a semester average mark of at least 50 percent
  • meeting attendance requirements
  • passing compulsory units of study, field work, clinical work, practicum or other professional experience.

Find out more about academic progression requirements in our Coursework Policy 2014. Faculty- and course-specific requirements are available in the resolutions in your handbook.

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.

Checking your progress

You can check that you're on track with your studies at any time by:

  • referring to your transcript in Sydney Student (go to 'My studies', 'Assessments' then 'View your academic transcript' for your course) to review the units of study you've completed 
  • review your course requirements in the resolutions in your handbook.

Unsatisfactory academic progress

If you haven’t met your academic progression requirements at the end of a semester, you will be placed on the academic progression register. We highly recommend you attend a Staying on Track session to help with your progression.

We also recommend that you speak with an academic adviser in your faculty or school if you’re worried about your academic progress during semester. You can also seek help and advice from a range of support services at the University, such as the Counselling and Psychological Services and Disability Services.

If you don’t agree with a decision about your academic progress, you can make an appeal.

If you’re an international student and are not meeting your course requirements, the University is required to notify the Department of Home Affairs. If you’re worried about your academic progress, contact our compliance officers at Find out more about support for international students.

Failing a unit of study

Depending on the requirements of your course, failing a unit of study won't necessarily mean you are placed on the academic progression register

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.

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.  

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

Register for a session.

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

Find more information on Staying on track.

If you have questions or concerns about your academic progression, email the Engineering Progression and Appeals Officer at

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.

The Faculty of Science arranges appointments with academic advisers for all students on the academic progression register. You will be contacted when appointments are available. If you have questions or concerns about your academic progression, email

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Last updated: 09 April 2019

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