Credit transfer and pathways

Credit transfer

Credit transfer available in higher education for completed awards in the same field or discipline

Completed Award Course LevelHEVETTo a HE AwardCredit granted for a completed award in same field
Certificate IV *3 year Bachelor awardup to 40 credit points
Certificate IV *4 year Bachelor awardup to 40 credit points
Diploma**3 year Bachelor awardup to 80 credit points
Diploma**4 year Bachelor awardup to 80 credit points
Advanced Diploma**3 year Bachelor awardup to 160 credit points
Advanced Diploma**4 year Bachelor awardup to 160 credit points
Associate Degree* 3 year Bachelor awardup to 160 credit points
Associate Degree* 4 year Bachelor awardup to 160 credit points

Pathways for higher education to higher education

For incomplete study at this institution

The University will grant full credit for units completed within the past five years or if professional practice and personal development has been undertaken within the field this could be extended to 10 years.

For all study completed at another institution, or completed study at CDU

To receive a Charles Darwin University award, a student must complete a minimum of one third of the award, or a minimum of one year full-time equivalent, whichever is the lesser, provided that the relevant course rules are met.

Higher Education Award Course* To a HE Award in the same field* Maximum Credit Points
3, 4, or 5 year single or combined Bachelor award3 year single Bachelor award160
3, 4 or 5 year single or combined Bachelor award4 year single or combined Bachelor Award240
3 year single or combined Bachelor award5 year single or combined Bachelor Award240
4 or 5 year single or combined Bachelor award5 year single or combined Bachelor Award320
Previous Postgraduate Coursework StudiesGraduate Certificate20
Previous Postgraduate Coursework StudiesGraduate Diploma40
Previous Postgraduate Coursework Studies1 year Masters by Coursework40
Previous Postgraduate Coursework Studies1.5 year Masters by Coursework60
Previous Postgraduate Coursework Studies2 year Masters by Coursework80
Previous Postgraduate StudiesPhDNone
Previous Postgraduate StudiesOther Research DegreesNone

* Award requirements for the new course must still be met by students in relation to core and specialist units for the award.

Other considerations for credit transfer from completed Higher Education awards

  • Credit can only be counted from one completed award to one Higher Education program.
  • Credit transfer is mapped at the unit level.
  • Professional and para-professional experience, subsequent training and other experience may be taken into account. Students enrol in the unit and are assessed and given a PA grade.
  • Previous study must be considered to be relevant to the course and of a similar standard and duration.
  • Credit for courses should only be granted for qualifications obtained within the past five years however should professional practice and personal development be undertaken within the field then this could be extended to 10 years.
  • All students are exempted from the two Common Units even if they have not completed any Common Units previously (a completed Credit Transfer form (eForm) is required).
  • Students who have completed awards must apply for the new award via SATAC.