Credit Information for Current UON Students

The information on this page is for students who are currently studying at UON.

If you are not a current UON student and want to know more about credit click here

What is credit?

We know that many of our students come to us with a wealth of knowledge and formal learning. In recognition of this we award what we call 'credit'.

Credit may be awarded to students who can formally demonstrate that they have already achieved the learning outcomes of our courses/ subjects through either formal learning such as TAFE (noting that credit is not awarded for studies completed below the Certificate IV level or for incomplete Diplomas or Advanced Diplomas) or previous University studies.

For details on the types of credit that can be awarded please click here

The credit awarded is governed by the relevant Awards and Programs Schedule and the Program Management Procedure Manual – Coursework

Applying for credit

Students currently studying at UON who have already applied for an internal transfer to change degree programs. In this scenario students can apply for credit for the UON courses they may have already studied.


Students currently studying at UON who have not already applied for credit for studies they completed somewhere else such as at another University or TAFE.

Handy tip: Want to know what credit you might get without actually having to apply?

To get an official outcome on what credit you may be eligible for you will need to lodge a credit application BUT if you have done some study with TAFE or a different private provider (overseas or in Australia) search our Credit Transfer Catalogue. This will help you find out if we have any existing arrangements or established credit pathways for what you have already studied and will give you an insight into what you could get when you apply for credit.

Its best to submit your credit application at the same time you are applying for admission or for an internal transfer between programs but if you haven’t, you can apply for credit no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of the term you will be studying in. Check here for term dates.

The sooner you apply for credit the sooner you will have an outcome and will know what you have to enrol in!

Step 1: If you are hoping to gain credit for previous TAFE or other private provider studies search our Credit Transfer Catalogue to see what you might be eligible for (this might save you some work during the application process). Otherwise you can move on to step 2.

Step 2: You will be required to map each individual course/subject from your previous studies (source) into the UON course/subject (target) you are seeking credit for. Visit our degrees page and click on the degree program you want to study i.e Bachelor of Arts. Scroll down the page until you can see the “Program Plans” heading. Select the program plan most relevant to what you want to study i.e the campus/ major.

You will need to know what courses/subjects are in your degree that you want to apply for credit for so you can’t skip this step!

When you have accessed your program plan click into each of the courses/subjects on that plan that look like something you have already studied. After you have read the course/subject details if you decide that they do seem like what you have studied then make a note of each of the course codes for that UON subject (i.e INFO1010) and then a note of the subject you studied that you think is the same. You will need this information when you fill out your application to map the courses/subjects you want credit for.

Don’t forget to include your electives. If some of the subjects you have studied don’t translate exactly into specific UON subjects but you have electives in the UON degree you are studying, you may be able to map some of your previous studies into an elective.

Step 3: Make sure you have scanned colour copies (or certified black and white copies) of the documentation you will need to supply during your application. You will need:

  • Colour scanned (or certified black and white) copies of your official transcripts (not screen shots or unofficial copies)
  • Colour scanned (or certified black and white) copies of your official award certificate (the certificate you hang on the wall)
  • If you are applying for credit for courses/ subjects studied at another University you will also need to provide official copies of the course/ subject syllabus for each course. These need to include:
    • Total hours for the whole course, assessment weighting scheduled (e.g 25% mid semester exam, 75% final exam etc)
    • Weekly topic schedule
    • Textbook materials used

If you are seeking credit for studies you completed at UON you don’t need to provide any copies of transcripts, course outlines or awards.

Step 4: Complete the online application form making sure you submit it with all your supporting documentation attached at least 2 weeks before the start of term (but the earlier you apply the earlier you get an outcome).

Please note that if you don’t map your courses/subjects and/or don’t upload the required supporting documentation when you fill out your online application we won’t be able to assess it or award you any credit.

After you have submitted your application with all supporting documents attached and mapping completed you can log in to your application here to find out where it’s up to.

If you fill out the form correctly and apply early, credit outcomes may be available within 2 weeks of the complete application being submitted (noting that it may take longer in peak periods and if your application needs to be forwarded to our Academic staff for assessment – so get your application in early!)

Once we receive your application we:

  • Check to see if there are any existing credit agreements (as you may have already seen in our Credit Transfer Catalogue)
  • Check to see if there are any precedents i.e we have already given someone credit for the courses you are seeking credit for in the same degree program
  • Then if none of the above can be applied to your application we forward your application to the Academic staff who teach our courses/subjects so that they can assess your application
  • Once we have details on the credit you can be awarded we send you an email with the outcome of your application
  • If you have been awarded credit we will record that on your official student record

When you log in to check on the status of your application you may see some of the following notes:

  • WDOCS – More documents are required (we will send you an email if we need you to supply any additional documentation – so keep an eye on your inbox)
  • Being assessed – means we are working on your application
  • Sent to Fac - Sent to Faculty (this means your application requires assessment from the Academic staff that teach the course/subject)
  • AOH – Approved on hold (which means we are waiting for you to successfully apply and enrol in the degree program so that we can apply the credit you have been awarded to your official record)
  • Model created in NUSTAR – credit has been recorded on your official UON transcript

If you have been awarded credit you should go back to your program plan and see where your credit sits into your program of study which will then show you what you need to enrol in. If at any time you need advice on what you should be studying or what to enrol in please feel free to contact us.