Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University recognises that students follow many different paths to university. As part of its policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Macquarie seeks to recognise your prior learning experiences, whether through formal qualifications or through other types of non-formal and informal learning, for both entry into and credit towards its degrees. 

Through RPL, you may become eligible for admission and/or have credit applied to your Macquarie University degree. Credit granted may reduce the duration of your program of study.

You can apply online for an RPL assessment. 

There are two forms of prior learning that will be considered by Macquarie:

Formal Learning

Formal Learning  takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially accredited qualification undertaken at a tertiary institution (eg. a university, TAFE, or private college).

Examples of officially accredited qualifications include:

  • Diplomas
  • Advanced Diplomas
  • Associate Degrees
  • Bachelor Degrees
  • Postgraduate Degrees

You can find more information and definitions of RPL in the Macquarie University RPL Policy.

Evidence of Formal Learning

To be assessed for credit based on formal learning, you will need to supply a copy of the official transcripts of all relevant previous studies including any currently enrolled units you intend to complete prior to commencing at Macquarie - you may be asked to provide your original transcripts.  Please contact your previous institution to obtain a copy of your official transcript.

You will also need to supply unit guides or outlines for each unit on your transcript you wish to have assessed for credit. Unit guides should normally include information on the course content covered, learning outcomes, required readings, and assessment methods.

If any of your supporting documents are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

RPL assessment criteria

In assessing your prior learning, consideration is given to the following currency and relevancy criteria.

Currency

Prior formal learning attained within ten years of the date of application for credit will generally be considered current.

Relevancy

Prior formal learning will be considered relevant where there is evidence to demonstrate that:

  • you have achieved a quality and standard of learning equivalent to tertiary studies at an appropriate level
  • you have attained the learning outcomes of a specific unit or units and/or stage of the degree program
  • your prior learning is assessed as equivalent in discipline content, depth and breadth.
Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes and other information for Macquarie University units are available through the online RPL Application form and in more detail through the Unit Guide webpage.

Articulation and credit transfer arrangements

Macquarie has established a number of articulation arrangements based on qualifications from other institutions - please check the Articulation Register for existing arrangements.  Macquarie has also assessed a number of individual units from other institutions for equivalency to Macquarie units - please check the Credit Transfer Register for unit equivalencies.

Assessment of Overseas Qualifications

Macquarie assesses overseas qualifications using Australian Government guidelines to determine their comparability to qualifications on the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). 

Informal and Non-formal Learning

Informal Learning is gained through work, social, family, hobby or leisure activities and experiences. Unlike Formal or Non-Formal Learning, Informal Learning is not organised or externally structured in terms of objectives, time or learning support.

Non-formal Learning takes place through a structured program of learning but does not lead to an officially accredited qualification.

Evidence of Informal / Non-formal Learning

In order to obtain entry or credit at Macquarie based on informal or non-formal learning, a statement and documentary evidence must be provided to support your claim. Appropriate evidence must document your prior learning and demonstrate a standard of learning required for admission to your specified Macquarie degree program and/or achievement of the specific learning outcomes of the unit(s) for which credit is sought.

Some examples of documentary evidence for informal and non-formal learning include:

  • Certificates and statements of attainment from courses sponsored by employers or professional bodies, including information about the course of study
  • Results from other non-accredited courses from various education and training providers (eg. MOOCs), including outlines of any units studied
  • Employment history and employment position descriptions
  • Letters of reference from employers, including direct supervisors, verifying your knowledge, skills and experience
  • Letters/documents from clients, verifying work activities
  • Copies of documents you have completed as part of your work (eg. budgets, reports, memos, spread sheets, estimates, etc.)
  • Details of community activities involving significant responsibilities
  • Samples, photographs or videos of your work that are related to the credit sought

In some cases, students may be required to perform a challenge test to further demonstrate their prior learning.

You can find more information and definitions of RPL in the Macquarie University RPL Policy.

For assistance please contact Student Connect on: +61 9850 6410 or enquire at ask.mq.edu.au

RPL Assessment Criteria

Currency

Prior informal/non-formal learning attained within ten years of the date of application for admission and/or credit, will generally be considered current.

Relevancy for admission

Prior informal/non-formal learning will be considered relevant for admission where:

  • there is evidence to demonstrate that you have achieved a standard of learning which is comparable to the admission requirements of your selected Macquarie degree
  • you demonstrate competency and readiness for tertiary studies
Relevancy for credit

Prior informal/non-formal learning will be considered relevant for credit where there is evidence to demonstrate that:

  • you have achieved a quality and standard of learning equivalent to tertiary studies at an appropriate level
  • you have attained the learning outcomes of a specific unit or units and/or stage of the degree program
  • your prior learning is assessed as equivalent in discipline content, depth and breadth.
Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes and other information for Macquarie University units are available through the online RPL Application form and in more detail through the Unit Guide webpage.

 

RPL Steps Graphic Domestic

Undergraduate RPL: All assessments for RPL towards undergraduate programs at Macquarie should be submitted via the online RPL Application form.

Postgraduate RPL: Information on recognition of prior learning towards postgraduate programs at Macquarie is available on Coursefinder. If you have prior learning which matches the criteria listed for your intended postgraduate degree, you may simply submit an application for admission and your RPL will be assessed through the admissions process. All other cases should be submitted via the online RPL Application form.

 

Important Notice

  1. The information set out in this publication is an indication only and does not guarantee entry into a program of study.

  2. Regardless of the nature or amount of RPL granted, any specific requirements of a course must be fulfilled.

  3. The final decision on whether to offer admission and RPL into a program of study resides with the University and depends on factors such as the currency and relevancy of any prior learning and the supporting evidence provided. The maximum amount of RPL that can be granted for particular qualifications is determined in accordance with the Schedule of Equivalencies and the Schedule of Minimum Requirements at Macquarie.

  4. The information contained in this publication is correct at the time of publication and the University reserves the right to make alterations to any information contained within this publication without notice.

Enquiries

Student Connect
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Tel: +61 (2) 9850.6410
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