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Credit Pathways and Advanced Standing

Your University Pathway

The course or series of courses you choose will be influenced by your current circumstances, personal and career goals and other factors such as your past academic performance SCU course entry requirements and any amount of credit for prior learning you might be entitled to receive.

These factors vary from person to person but, no matter what your circumstances, Southern Cross University (SCU) can help you to:

Guaranteed entry @ SCU

If you hold a current Australian Certificate III or higher qualification (or an equivalent overseas qualification) and you meet the University's minimum English language requirements, you are GUARANTEED ENTRY into an SCU course and a place of study at university.

Explore SCU alternative entry (admission) arrangements

Credit for related prior learning @ SCU

To help you select the course or series of courses you might study, SCU has evaluated some tertiary qualifications/courses delivered by the SCU College and Schools, TAFE and other Australian and overseas educational institutes to identify how much credit you may receive for your prior learning.

If you can not identify your previous tertiary qualification/course or educational organisation within the SCU approved linkage and pathway arrangements and you believe you have completed prior learning that is similar to the content of one or more units (subjects) within an SCU course, you should still apply to have your prior learning assessed via our Advanced Standing Process.

SCU Internal Pathways and progression

Internal Pathways providing entry and credit for prior learning into higher level SCU courses include:

These Internal Pathways are:

  • extremely supportive learning options that boost your academic skills, confidence and university selection rank;
  • a guaranteed place of study in a higher level discipline relate SCU course;
  • maximum credit for prior learning; and
  • the opportunity to boost your lifetime income potential and earn multiple qualifications in the shortest possible time.

External credit linkages and pathways to SCU

SCU provides a range of external Qualification Linkages and Pathways facilitating entry (admission) with credit for prior learning (advanced standing) into SCU courses from qualifications/courses completed with other Educational Organisations in Australia and Overseas. These linkage and pathway credit arrangements are:

  • an excellent bridge between TAFE, private colleges and university;
  • a method of recognising learning experiences already mastered to save on tuition fees and cut months or years off your degree;
  • an opportunity to use your vocational work based skills to work your way through your degree; and
  • a means of increasing your employability and lifetime earning capacity.

Pathways from SCU to other organisations

SCU also cooperates to establish Reciprocal (reverse) Pathways for SCU students and graduates into qualifications and courses offered by other educational organisations in Australia and overseas. These reciprocal arrangements are:

  • greater support for the national and international mobility of SCU graduates;
  • facilitated life long learning through various education levels, organisations and specialisations beyond SCU;
  • maximum recognition for SCU learning experiences; and
  • a way for SCU students to gain a practical employment advantage and multiple qualifications by choosing a degree with integrate certificate, diploma or advanced diploma options.

Explore SCU Qualification Linkage and Pathway Credit Arrangements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at SCU

Developing Pathways and Linkages with SCU

Further Information

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Updated: 20 October 2014