Recognition of Prior Learning
When you apply to study at CSU, you may be eligible to receive credit based on Recognition of Prior Learning for your previous study and/or work experience.
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Recognition of prior learning is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual's relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.
Formal learning is the learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially accredited qualification.
Non-formal learning refers to learning that takes place through a structured program of learning but does not lead to an officially accredited qualification.
Informal learning is gained through work, social, family, hobby or leisure activities and experiences. Unlike formal or non-formal learning, informal learning is not organised or externally structured in terms of objectives, time or learning support.
Credit is the value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualifications. It reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification.
Three types of credit can be granted:
Block credit – credit granted towards whole stages of a course
Specified credit – credit granted towards specific subjects of a course
Unspecified credit - credit granted towards elective components of a course
Credit is measured in points where generally 8 points = 1 subject
Refer to CSU's Credit Rule policy for further details on credit: https://policy.csu.edu.au/view.current.php?id=00120
Credit may be awarded for study or relevant work experience completed prior to applying for a course. Previous study may be from Charles Sturt University or another institution.
If you're a TAFE student, read more information about credit for TAFE qualifications.
Credit may be awarded for specific subjects, a number of electives or a level of subjects, meaning you could be exempt from completing one or more subjects listed in the course structure of your degree.
Depending on the credit that is awarded, this could mean that you are able to complete your chosen course in less time, and at a lesser cost.
Credit is generally assessed on an individual basis with each application, although some courses do have established credit arrangements.
Pathways allow students to move through qualification levels with full or partial recognition for the qualifications and/or learning outcomes they already have.
A pathway can be established via:
Recognition of prior learning for individual students
Formalised agreements between CSU and other providers
Common precedence arrangements
To apply for credit, include full documentation of all studies you have completed and/or evidence of relevant work experience in your application for admission to a course.
It is important that you include with your application copies of official academic transcripts (not individual results notices or web downloads) showing the completion of your studies and the grades achieved.
When you receive an offer of admission letter into a course, you will also be notified of what credit has been awarded.
UAC/VTAC applicationsApplicants applying through UAC or VTAC will have credit determined just before commencement of the course, however Course Coordinators are available to discuss potential credit with applicants. For more information, contact CSU on 1800 334 733.
A standard subject at CSU has 8 credit points. This equates to roughly 140-160 hours of work for a student. A standard study load for a student is 32 points, or four 8 point subjects, per session.
A standard year of full-time study at CSU is 64 points, equivalent to 60 ECTS credit points.
If you have completed a TAFE Diploma or Advanced Diploma, CSU will offer you 'guaranteed entry' into most undergraduate courses.
About guaranteed entry for TAFE students
Guaranteed entry is open to Diploma and Advanced Diploma TAFE graduates
Students must have completed their TAFE qualification(s) within the past 10 years
The TAFE qualification completed does not have to be relevant to what you would like to study at CSU
Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) students who have achieved a Tertiary Entrance Score (TES) of 157 or above are also eligible for guaranteed entry into most CSU undergraduate courses.
If you've completed a TAFE qualification other than a Diploma or Advanced Diploma, you may still be able to gain entry to CSU. Call us on 1800 334 733 or make an online enquiry.
Read all our terms for our guaranteed entry offering
There are certain courses which have enrolment limits or specific entry requirements, and therefore are not included in this guaranteed entry offering. The following list of CSU's undergraduate courses are excluded from guaranteed entry:
Bachelor of Screen and Stage (Acting)
Bachelor of Communication (Theatre Media)
Bachelor of Psychology
Bachelor of Animal Science
Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)
Bachelor of Dental Science
Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene)
Bachelor of Medical Science
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (with specialisations)
Bachelor of Nursing
Bachelor of Pharmacy
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Associate Degree in Adult and Vocational Education
Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education (with specialisations)
Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five Years)
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education)
Bachelor of Education (K-12)
Bachelor of Education (Technology and Applied Studies)
Bachelor of Education (Secondary) Industry Entry Program
Bachelor of Outdoor Education
Bachelor of Educational (Research) (Honours)
Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) *Graduate entry
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) *Graduate entry
Please note: students can still apply to any of the above mentioned undergraduate courses, however entry is not guaranteed.