Credit: Recognition of Prior Learning, Current Competency & Industry Experience

1 a A student may, with the approval of related Faculty and on payment of the prescribed fees, be granted credit towards a programme approved by the Associate Professor or Professor of Faculty concerned under the provisions of these regulations.

b A student can not be granted additional credit for assessed coursework already credited under this regulation (i.e. credit can not be awarded twice for the same content)

Credit from Another Tertiary Institution: Transfer Credit

2 a A student who applies for admission to UARD and has undertaken an appropriate programme at an approved tertiary institution may be granted appropriate credit towards a degree or other qualification of UARD on the basis of work successfully completed in the previous programme.

b To be awarded an undergraduate degree of UARD, a student must complete at least the equivalent of a full time year of study as an enrolled student at UARD and pass a minimum of 120 points towards that degree, or the equivalent.

c Credit granted under 2a above may be specified or unspecified and the grant of admission may restrict advancement in specified subjects or programmes.

d (i) Credit granted under 2a above for an undergraduate qualification will normally be granted for the first or second year of a programme. Only in exceptional circumstances will the grant of credit be considered at the third year for courses taken at another tertiary institution.

(ii) Where Parts are specified for a Bachelors degree, credit may be awarded within a Part according to suitability of course content and/or professional requirements and irrespective of the Stage of the course passed. Credit towards an undergraduate qualification will not normally be granted for postgraduate level courses.

(iii) Subject to any provisions of the relevant Programme Guidelines, where a transferring student has completed an undergraduate qualification at a recognised UK or overseas institution, credit granted under 2a above will be treated as though it were ‘cross-credit’ under 5a and will be subject to the limits set out in 7.

(iv) Credit may be refused for undergraduate courses passed more than five years previously.

e Unless prohibited by the regulations of a prescribed degree, credit may be granted under 2a above towards a Masters degree or the taught component of a research Masters degree with a total points value of more than 120 points, or Postgraduate Diploma provided that:

(i) No more than 60 points may be granted as transfer credit for academic work.

(ii) The enrolment in the postgraduate qualification at UARD is no later than five years from the initial enrolment in the courses for which credit is to be given.

(iii) The application for transfer credit is made at the time the student is admitted to the postgraduate qualification.

(iv) The completed courses are at postgraduate level in the disciplinary area of the qualification for which transfer credit has been sought.

(v) Transfer credit may be given for independent research courses such as a dissertation, industry experience, current competency (professional responsibilities) research essay, research portfolio, thesis, or similar, or the major creative component of a postgraduate programme.

(vi) Transfer credit may be given for courses in completed qualifications.

(vii) Grades for transfer credit courses may be included in the calculation of an overall grade for Honours (or Distinction/Merit).

f Where prior approval for external tertiary study, exchange or study abroad enrolment has been granted:

(i) The grant of more than 30 points of credit for courses taken at another tertiary institution will be considered for a bachelor, Masters degree, the taught component of a research Masters degree with a total points value of more than 120 points, or a Postgraduate Diploma.

(ii) The grant of credit for courses taken at another tertiary institution will be considered for a research Masters degree, as above.

Approved Study at Another Institution

3 a A student who is enrolled at the UARD and who concurrently enrols and completes courses at another tertiary institution, which they wish to credit to their UARD qualification, must:

(i) Seek from the AP/P of the relevant Faculty, or nominee, prior approval of the proposed concurrent enrolment and confirmation that the courses will satisfy the regulations and requirements for the qualification for which the student is enrolled at this University and that appropriate credit may be granted.

(ii) Apply for credit in accordance with these regulations when the official results are known.

b Any credit granted towards a UARD qualification from study at a Summer School will be added to the current year of study at this University.

c Where prior approval has not been sought, credit will not normally be granted.

4 Where study at another institution is part of approved external study, study abroad or exchange arrangement, credit for an undergraduate qualification may be approved for the final year or postgraduate level courses if the successfully completed study is deemed appropriate for such credit by the AP/P of the relevant Faculty or nominee.

Cross-credits and Internal Credit

5 a In this Regulation ‘cross-credit’ means a course which is common to two UARD undergraduate qualifications, which may be Bachelors degrees, undergraduate diplomas and undergraduate certificates, and is credited to both. ‘Internal credit’ means credit awarded to a programme for one or more courses passed for another UARD qualification, which cannot be designated as a cross-credit.

b A student taking two programmes may only be awarded as cross-credits and/or internal credit the maximum allowed for one, but not both, of the programmes.

c A course which is designated a cross-credit may not be credited to more than two qualifications.

6 a When calculating cross-credits between a second and third qualification, points from previously granted cross-credits may not be used. The maximum number of cross-credit points that may be granted is based on one third of the points not previously designated for cross-credits.

b A Stage III course that fulfils the final year requirements of one qualification may not normally be designated as a cross-credit to meet the final year requirement of another qualification unless permitted by the regulations of a prescribed undergraduate degree.

c A student may not designate as a cross-credit any course passed with a conceded pass or a restricted pass. If that course is compulsory, another course may be substituted for it as Senate or its representative may approve.

d Designation of courses as cross-credits, as permitted by these regulations, is subject to the approval of the Dean of the relevant Faculty or their nominee.

Limits

7 Subject to any other provisions of these regulations or the relevant Programme Regulations:

a In the case of qualifications of equal value, the total value of transfer credit, cross-credits and internal credit is limited to 75% of the total value of the degree, diploma or certificate.

b Where the qualifications concerned are of different values, the total value of transfer credit, cross-credits and internal credit may not exceed 75% of the total points value applying to the qualification of lesser value.

c Cross-credits are available for Masters degrees, Bachelors Honours Postgraduate degrees, doctorates, postgraduate certificates and postgraduate diplomas.

Limits on Cross-credits for Conjoint Degrees

8 a A conjoint degrees programme is considered to be two degrees for the purpose of calculating cross-credits.

b (i) A maximum of 75% of points may be cross-credited from a completed conjoint degree component to another qualification.

(ii) A maximum of 75% of points may be cross-credited from a completed qualification to a conjoint degree component.

(iii) The apportionment of the points for each component of a conjoint degree is subject to the approval of the appropriate AP/P or their representatives.

Reassigned Courses

9 a A student may apply, by submitting an Application to the AP/P, to reassign courses passed for, and assigned to, one qualification to another qualification for which the courses are available.

b A student may not reassign courses passed for one qualification to another once the qualification for which the courses were passed has been awarded, unless the former qualification has been surrendered or rescinded.

c A student may not reassign to another qualification any course passed with a conceded pass or a restricted pass. If that course is compulsory, another course may be substituted for it as Senate or its representative may approve.

d A student may apply to reassign a course or courses passed for an entry qualification to a taught Masters degree, or the taught component of a research Masters degree with a total points value of more than 120 points, a Bachelors Honours Postgraduate degree, a postgraduate diploma or a postgraduate certificate provided that:

(i) no more than 75% points are reassigned

(ii) the enrolment in the postgraduate qualification is no later than three semesters from the initial enrolment in the course(s) reassigned from a Certificate of Proficiency

(iii) the application to reassign is made at the time the student is admitted to the postgraduate qualification

(iv) the course is available in the schedule of the qualification to which it is reassigned.

e Courses which are reassigned cease to be credited to the former qualification.

Review and Appeal Procedure

10 a Decisions under these Regulations may be reviewed only if:

(i) There was a failure of the University’s process and/or

(ii) The basis of the decision was manifestly at odds with the evidence.

b Requests for review of Transfer Credit and Approved Study at Another Institution decisions should be made to the Ap/P in the first instance, and then to the President’s office if not resolved. Requests for review of Cross-credits, Internal Credit and Reassigned Courses decisions should be made to the Faculty AP/P.

c Students who are submitting an appeal have the right to be heard in person.

g The decision of the President’s office must be recorded and the appellant informed of the decision in writing.

h The decision of the President’s office is final.

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