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Articulation Pathways Policy

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Section 1 - Purpose and Context

(1) Articulation Pathways Agreements between the University and other education providers ensure that pathways into courses are available and easily accessible to students to support their lifelong learning. The agreements establish the academic credit that automatically applies to students entering a course with the designated qualification.

(2) This Policy sets out the University's principles for developing academic pathways agreements with other education providers

(3) The Policy applies to Articulation Pathways Agreements with higher education providers and vocational education and training providers, whether in Australia or overseas, and whether public or private.

(4) The Policy should be read in conjunction with the Advanced Standing Policy which establishes limits on the amount of credit that can be applied to courses and sets out the processes for dealing with applications from students for advanced standing, and the Delegations of Authority Policy.

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Section 2 - Definitions

(5) The following definitions apply for the purposes of this policy.

  1. Advanced Standing - credit, expressed in the form of a specified number of credit points, towards an award course, granted on the basis of previous, successfully completed studies or prior learning. For definitions of types of advanced standing, refer to the Advanced Standing Policy.
  2. Articulation Pathway - a formally agreed and approved admission route, for a graduate or enrolled student of another educational provider, into a course of study at the University, or, for a graduate or enrolled student of the University, into a course of study at another educational provider, with pre-determined advanced standing and/or guaranteed entry.
  3. Articulation Pathway Agreement - a formal agreement, between the University and an approved external education partner covering details of the pathway arrangement.
  4. Articulation Pathway Proposal - the advanced standing and/or guaranteed entry a student will receive if they have successfully completed all, or a specified part, of a course offered by another education provider.
  5. Credit assessment - assessment of the advanced standing to be given to students and any guarantee of entry to a course of the University, or awarded to graduates or enrolled students of the University into a course of another education provider, which is to be included in an Articulation Pathway Agreement.
  6. Education providers - Australian universities and other Australian higher education providers (recognised as such by law), Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector providers and recognised overseas education providers, whose academic courses and units the University considers are of a high quality.
  7. Guaranteed Entry - a guarantee of admission to a University course  referred to in the relevant Articulation Pathway Agreement, provided the student meets any other published requirements for admission current at the time of application, such as a required level of English proficiency.
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Section 3 - Policy Statement


(6) The University is committed to providing and expanding pathways to assist students, who have previously successfully completed studies elsewhere and who otherwise qualify for admission and have no known limitations that would be expected to impede their progression and completion, to enter an appropriate course of the University. These pathways include advanced standing as warranted by their previous studies and/or guaranteed entry to a course.

(7) The University is also committed, where practicable and by means of similar pathways, to assisting its own graduates and enrolled students to enrol in a course of another educational provider.

(8) The University will enter into articulation pathways agreements with approved education partners which set out the pathways arrangements. These arrangements will conform with the University's strategic objectives and result in clear benefits to the University and its enrolled students and graduates.

(9) Advanced standing in an articulation pathway is determined in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Qualifications Pathways Policy, taking into account the comparability and equivalence of the learning outcomes; volume of learning; program of study, including content; and learning and assessment approaches. The amount of advanced standing will also be in accordance with the Advanced Standing Policy.

(10) For international articulation pathways agreements a rationale must be provided for the award of Advanced Standing.

(11) To assure the quality of the articulation pathways covered by agreements, the University will periodically monitor and evaluate their effectiveness and review their currency.

(12) The University will provide to students awarded advanced standing under this Policy towards a course of the University an appropriate schedule of study to be completed in the University.

Initiation, Assessment and Approval of Articulation Pathways Agreements

(13) An Articulation Pathways Agreement can only be established with an approved external education partner.

(14) Approval of pathways agreements must be obtained through the courses approvals process.

Entry and Advanced Standing

(15) As set out in the Advanced Standing Policy and in accordance with the AQF Qualifications Pathway Policy, the normal amounts of advanced standing for articulation to a University award are:

  1. 50% credit for an Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree linked to a 3 year Bachelor Degree;
  2. 37.5% credit for an Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree linked to a 4 year Bachelor Degree; 
  3. 33% credit for a Diploma linked to a 3 year Bachelor Degree;
  4. 25% credit for a Diploma linked to a 4 year Bachelor Degree.

(16) The terms of entry and the amount of advanced standing to be given to students entering under a pathways agreement will be determined by the relevant school academic staff member and approved by the appropriate academic committee as specified in the Procedures.

(17) The time limits for currency of previous studies contained within the Advanced Standing Policy will apply.

Review of Articulation Pathways Agreements

(18) Articulation Pathways Agreements will normally be reviewed every three years.

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Section 4 - Procedures

(19) Refer to Articulation Pathways Procedures.

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Section 5 - Guidelines

(20) Refer to Articulation Pathways Approval Authorities and Delegations and Articulation Pathways Procedures under Associated Information.