OSA guidelines to Application for a supplementary assessment as a Potential Graduate

If you have failed a course in your final year and it prevents you from completing your degree, you may be eligible to apply for a supplementary assessment as a potential graduate. If you meet the criteria below, you will be able to undertake a supplementary assessment, and if you pass this, your final grade may be changed to a ‘Pass’, allowing you to graduate.

The process for lapplying is outlined in the Course Management and Assessment Procedure Manual.


You must meet ALL of the following criteria to apply:

  • The failed course is a ten or twenty unit course
  • You have undertaken the course in your last year of study and all other program requirements have been satisfied
  • The final result you achieved for the course is greater than 40% and less than 50% of the total marks for the course
  • You have not already undertaken supplementary assessment (other than on the basis of Adverse Circumstances) in the course
  • You have submitted all required assessment items throughout the relevant term on time (subject to any Adverse Circumstances applications)
  • The grade was not awarded as a consequence of academic misconduct.

If the failed course is in your final year, but not in your final period of study, please get in touch with us for further advice.

How to appeal

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you should follow the process for appealing a final result outlined here.

How we can help

There are a number of ways we can help you with your application for supplementary assessment item as a Potential Graduate. We can:

  • Help you determine if you meet the eligibility criteria
  • If your application is rejected, we can help you determine if you have grounds for appeal and assist you in preparing your appeal application.

Please email Office of Student Advocacy if you would like our support. Please note: Getting in touch with us on the day it’s due may not give us enough time to support you!