Exemption

The granting of exemption or credit acknowledges that an individual's knowledge or skills represent the equivalent of the learning outcomes of one or more units of study in a course. The granting of exemption takes into account the relevance, standard and currency of the learning for which the exemption is sought.  Exemption normally is not granted for learning completed more than ten years prior to the time of the application for exemption.  The minimum qualification level recognised by Holmesglen for exemption into Holmesglen higher education courses is normally AQF diploma level. Exemption for incomplete studies at these levels will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

There are limits to the number of credit points for which exemption may be granted in a course.

The maximum amount of exemption available may vary from course to course but is normally:

  • up to 66.6% exemption for an Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree when linked to a three-year Bachelor Degree
  • up to 50% exemption for an Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree when linked to a four-year Bachelor Degree
  • up to 33% credit for a Diploma when linked to a three-year Bachelor Degree
  • up to 25% credit for a Diploma when linked to a four-year Bachelor Degree

The maximum amount of external exemption based on a completed course at the same or higher level is normally 66.6% when linked to a three-year Bachelor Degree.

A maximum of 50% exemption will apply to post graduate qualifications.  The maximum amount of credit may be lower than 50% in some instances in accordance with professional body accreditation.

Applying for exemption

Students may apply for exemption for a unit of study based on prior studies and/or work experience.

When assessing an application for exemption for a unit of study, in order to grant an exemption the assessor or assessment panel need to assess the evidence provided by the student and be convinced that this evidence shows that the learning outcomes of the unit of study have been met by the student through their prior studies and/or work experience.

Students may provide the evidence supporting their application in a number of ways however an evidence portfolio aligned to the learning outcomes is a common approach.

Student applying for an exemption should confirm with their faculty what is required as part of an exemption application, including any preferred format for the applications supporting evidence.

When prior studies form part of the evidence base for an application for exemption, the following should be included:

  • A certified copy of the qualification, including subjects completed
  • A description of each subject from the institute course brochure or official institute website. (Students with a Holmesglen qualification are not required to attach subject descriptions.)

When work experience forms part of the evidence base for an application for exemption, the following should be included:

  • Detailed description of position and work experience. Please include detailed evidence of any projects completed.
  • Resume
  • Official letter from 2 referees confirming work experience and including contact details for the referees.

Applications will not be processed unless the required evidence is included.

Download the Credit Transfer/Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) form or collect a copy from the Campus Information Office. If applications are successful, students will be assigned a result of 'Ex' or Exemption for the given subject(s).

For further information regarding eligibility of exemption for a previous qualification or industry experience (if applicable to the degree) refer to the course information and frequently asked questions page.


Articulation Pathways from Holmesglen VET courses into Degrees

This is a guide only. If a VET course has been studied at another Registered Training Organisation the exemptions/advanced standing (subject credits) will be dealt with on a case by case basis. The number of subject credits may vary depending on elective units successfully completed with any qualification. There is a maximum number of credit points for which exemption can be granted for each qualification. The minimum time to complete a degree is dependent on subject availability.

Articulation Pathways from Holmesglen VET courses into Holmesglen degrees


Holmesglen credit arrangements with other providers

Holmesglen has a number of partnership arrangements with other educational institutions that enable students who complete qualifications at these institutions to be granted credit towards Holmesglen's courses.

Holmesglen credit arrangements with other providers