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Articulation pathways and linkages

To identify how much credit may apply for Australian, New Zealand and international students who are articulating into an SCU course from your organisation's courses, qualifications or occupations, view the PDF Approved SCU Articulation Linkages and Pathways document.

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What if an articulation arrangement is not listed?

Southern Cross University (SCU) welcomes enquiries about establishing entry and/or credit arrangements into SCU courses that help to remove conventional higher education barriers and assist prospective students to better plan their learning path.

SCU also cooperates to develop reciprocal (reverse) entry and/or credit arrangements to support the recognition and mobility of current SCU students and graduates into Vocational Education and Training (VET) or specialist Higher Education (HE) qualifications offered by other educational providers in Australia and overseas.

For further details view: Apply to Develop Linkages and Pathways with SCU.

What types of Articulation occur @ SCU?

Alternative Entry (admission) and credit transfer (advanced standing) arrangements, which are collectively known as Articulation arrangements (pathways or linkages) are approached in a few different ways at SCU.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Entry Equivalence

To achieve the English language proficiency requirements for entry into SCU courses, SCU can provide a 'Package Offer' that includes the SCU College English Language for Academic Purposes (EAP) program and a conditional offer into the next SCU course.

SCU also recognises other EAP programs for alternative entry into SCU courses.

English Language Entry Pathways

English Language Entry Pathways are an agreement identifying English language proficiency comparable to IELTS or TOEFL at course completion for particular grades achieved in EAP programs which are delivered by other educational organisations delivering English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) that are endorsed by the National English Language Teaching Accreditation Scheme(NEAS), or are a registered provider listed on the Australian National Register of Higher Education Providers.

What English Language Entry Pathways are approved at SCU?

SCU publishes information about our English Language Entry Pathways at: English Language Pathways.

Qualification Credit Linkages

The development of Qualification Credit linkages into SCU courses (awards) is the University's preferred pathways model.

Qualification Credit Linkages

Australian Vocational, Higher Education and International Qualification Credit linkages are published credit (advanced standing) arrangements allowing any individual who holds a specific Australian or overseas qualification or accredited course award, which has been approved for qualification linkage with SCU, to gain entry (admission) into the first or second year of a named SCU course, with a predetermined amount of credit for their prior related learning, regardless of which registered/accredited educational organisation issued the qualification or award.

Qualification Credit linkages involving prior study and formal learning may only be possible where academic evidence containing course details and subject learning outcomes are available within a common course curriculum or other document such as The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) National Training Packages which can be assessed against the requirements of specific SCU course (award).

Industry Experience Qualification Credit Linkages are a published advanced standing arrangements allowing any individual holding a particular position/job role and/or years of industry experience and expertise, which has been approved for qualification linkage with SCU, to gain entry (admission) to gain entry (admission) into the first or second year of a named SCU course, with a predetermined amount of credit for their prior related learning, regardless of which registered/accredited educational organisation issued the qualification or proof of service.

Qualification linkages are NOT subject to a formal Agreement and may be marketed and promoted by

  • any accredited educational organisation that has the relevant qualification(s)/course(s) on their scope of registration; or
  • any relevant organisation facilitating industry experience and/or professional development programs.

What qualifications/courses are approved for qualification linkage at SCU?

An organisation may request the develop of further qualification linkages by contacting the Project Coordinator, Office of the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor:

e: pathways@scu.edu.au
t: +61 2 6626 9591

Educational Pathways established by formal agreement

Where a relevant SCU Qualification Linkage does not exist, organisational specific pathways may be established via a formal Agreement with SCU.

Cooperative Pathways

Cooperative (articulation) pathways are an agreement identifying shared business objectives describing how each party will work together to allow students/graduates of the organisation named in the agreement to gain entry and/or credit for prior learning into the first or second year of a related SCU course.

Reciprocal Pathways

Reciprocal (reverse articulation) pathways are an agreement allowing SCU students/graduates to gain entry and/or credit for their prior SCU learning into a related course that is owned and delivered by the other organisation.

What reciprocal arrangements have been negotiated with SCU?

SCU publishes information about reciprocal pathways online at: Pathways from SCU to Other Organisations.

Exchange Pathways

Exchange pathways allow students from either organisation to study similar subjects within the other organisation's course and country, for one or two study periods. On return, students receive credit for the learning completed while on exchange.

What study abroad and exchange opportunities exist with SCU?

SCU publishes information about our study abroad and exchange opportunities at: Study Abroad & International Exchange. See our list of Exchange Partner Universities.

An organisation may apply to develop institute specific pathways using the Australian or International Pathway Application.

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