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Provide Supporting Documents

When applying to receive credit for prior learning through the advanced standing process, unless the prior learning was completed at SCU, you MUST provide evidence to prove you already have the skills, knowledge and qualities (learning outcomes and attributes) to meet the requirements of units (subjects) within the particular SCU course.

The term evidence applies to any supporting documents submitted with an application for advanced standing to verify your prior learning.

What supporting documents should I provide with my application?

SCU has evaluated the learning within some careers and tertiary qualifications/courses delivered by SCU, TAFE and other Australian and overseas educational institutes against the learning requirements of some SCU course to determine the amount of credit you will receive. These predetermined entry and/or credit arrangements are known as Qualification Credit Linkages or institute specific Pathways.

Documents verifying prior study where credit has been established in an Advanced Standing Precedent or Articulation Arrangement

Provide supporting documents to verify:

  • partial or full completion of the prior accredited or non-accredited qualification/course/program; and
  • the SCU published Advanced Standing Precedent, or corresponding Precedent Reference Code or the Articulation Arrangement (Qualification Linkage or Pathway) Linkage report or the Pathway credit Precedent Reference Code.

Lodge the following supporting documents with your application:

  • The accredited qualification/course Testamur or Certificate for completed study; and/or
  • The accredited qualification/course Transcript or Statement of Results for completed or partially completed study; or
  • the non accredited course/program Statement of Attendance/Participation; and
  • A copy of the applicable published Advanced Standing Precedent (or Precedent Reference Code), or the Articulation Arrangement (Qualification Linkage or Pathway) from All SCU Qualification Linkages and Pathways.


If you have partially completed a prior qualification/course or if SCU has not evaluated the learning within your prior completed study by approving a related Qualification Linkage or Pathway arrangement, we may need more information to be able to evaluate your prior learning to determine the amount of credit you may receive.

Documents verifying prior study where no Advanced Standing Precedent or Articulation Arrangement is identified

Provide supporting documents to verify:

  • partial or full completion of the prior qualification/course/program; and
  • the marking or grading system
  • ; and

  • the detailed learning outcomes and attributes (skills, knowledge, performance/assessment criteria and learner qualities) studied within each unit (subject) or module (topic) that is similar to the learning requirements of the units in the SCU course you are seeking credit for.

To decide on which units in the SCU course to seek credit for, click on the unit name within the SCU course structure to view the unit aims and topic content.

Lodge the following supporting documents with your application:

  • Testamur/Certificate for the completed accredited qualification/course; and
  • Transcript/Statement of Results/Statement of Attainment for the completed or partially completed accredited qualification/course, including a document explaining the marking/grading system;

  • Statement/Certificate of Attendance/Participation for the non-accredited completed or partially completed course/program. Alternatively, a detailed history of attendance and participation via a Professional Development Register (or similar document), which is signed by an authorised representative of the issuing authority; and
  • a detailed outline of the learning outcomes and attributes taught/assessed within each unit (subject) or module (topic) of the prior accredited or non-accredited qualification/course/program.


If an application for advanced standing is based on previous informal learning gained through work, social, family, hobby or leisure activities, we will need to evaluate the learning gained through these experiences against the learning outcomes and attributes requirements of the units in the SCU course for which you are seeking credit, to determine the amount of credit you may receive.

Documents verifying prior learning based on life, work or voluntary experience

Provide supporting documents to verify:

  • the skills, knowledge and learner qualities attained in the informal learning experience is similar to the learning outcomes and attribute requirements of a unit or units in the SCU course; and
  • that the skills, knowledge and attributes are current.

To decide on which units in the SCU course to seek credit for, click on the unit name within the SCU course structure to view the unit aims and content.

To guide the structuring of evidence to address the detailed learning outcomes and graduate attributes within the School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) Bachelor of Social Welfare and the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) please download and complete the applicable SASS RPL Guide and Application Form.

Alternatively, contact the SCU College/School that offers the SCU course. You may request a copy of the course Graduate Attribute Report or the Unit Information Guide from within the SCU Unit and Course Management System (UCMS). These list the learning outcomes and graduate attributes by course or unit.

Unless otherwise instructed, lodge the following supporting documents with your application for advanced standing:

  • Cover letter, including a personal statement outlining how you fulfil the learning outcomes and graduate attributes of the relevant units of study in the SCU course you are seeking credit for; and why credit should be granted;
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae with relevant life, work and voluntary activities and dates;
  • Job/Position Description(s) and/or copies of Performance Review(s) listing duties, responsibilities and key performance indicators (KPI's); or
  • Detailed Statement of Professional/Voluntary Services from current and/or previous employer(s), supervisor(s) or trainer(s). More than a reference, this document must be on letterhead, contain the contact details of the organisation, display the date of issue, identify and be signed by the authorised person, detail the length and breadth of service (full or part time capacity) and list complete duties and responsibilities.

Where applicable, also submit:

  • a diary or journal depicting daily events/performance, for example a record of clinical/service hours;
  • Work samples such as a professional or creative portfolio, completed projects, research, articles, blogs and wikis, designs, presentations, correspondence and reports; and
  • Performance observations such as videos, photographs or recorded conversations.


Should supporting documents be certified?

Supporting documents must be an exact copy of originals. In some circumstances you may need to provide certified copies of original documents.

What if supporting documents are not in English?

Non-English documents must be submitted in the original language, accompanied by an authorised English translation. For further information view: Translation of Non-English Documents

Uploading or lodging supporting documents

The SCU online Application for Admission allows applicants to upload supporting documents to provide evidence for their application for advanced standing. If unable to upload documents lodge them via email, post or courier.

Verifying supporting documents

Please make their original documents available as they may need to be verified. We may check documentary evidence submitted to SCU to reasonably determine that:

  • the document(s) appear to be unaltered and are authentic (are not tampered with, false or counterfeit);
  • the issuing authority is lawfully registered and accredited to issue the document(s);
  • the document(s) were lawfully issued to the said person on the said date and were not obtained as a result of a false or misleading statement; and
  • documents written in a language other than English have been accurately and completely translated into English.

If fraudulent documents are discovered, action such as withdrawal of an offer of a place in the course or termination of enrolment may occur.

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