Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning policies enable credit for previous learning experiences.

We’ll review a student's previous learning experiences – this could enable students to get a real head start for both entry into and credit towards a course of their choosing. We consider two main forms of prior learning for potential credit:

  • formal qualifications, or 
  • other types of non-formal and informal learning.

Formal learning

Formal learning is a structured study program that leads to tertiary accreditation (a university, TAFE or private college). Applications will need to provide evidence of these formal learning achievements which could be transcripts, enrolment advice or detailed unit guides, outlines or course syllabus.

Note:  Supporting documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

In assessing any application for prior learning, consideration is given to both currency and relevancy criteria.

Macquarie has developed articulation arrangements based on qualifications from other institutions - please check the Articulations Register for existing arrangements. We've also assessed a number of individual units from other institutions for equivalency to Macquarie units - please check the Credit Transfer Register for unit equivalencies. We assess 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.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.

Informal or non-formal learning credit must still be provided to support any claim. This could include certificates of attainment, non-credit course results, employment history, community activities and other examples. Find more information about RPL.

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