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Exemptions / RPL

Recognition of Prior Learning - Advanced Standing Register

Students with recognised tertiary studies may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) (also called exemptions). Exemptions are granted on the basis of prior learning (formal or informal) where that learning is assessed as equivalent to the learning outcomes or competencies of one or more Edith Cowan College (ECC) units. Exemption (also called Unit Credit) releases a student from having to undertake one or more units within his/her course. ECC may give RPL to students who have completed an equivalent course of study at another recognised educational institution or university. You can apply for an RPL when you submit your application.

All Applications for Exemptions must be submitted before Week 4 of the semester.

Applications received after Week 4 will be processed but will not qualify for a fee refund if the student is already enrolled in that unit. Exemptions for Diploma level units align with ECU requirements and therefore may be subject to approval from ECU.

ECC have established direct articulation arrangements with Edith Cowan University (ECU) with respect to the following courses. Note that not all pathways offer a full year of credit (advanced standing) and that ECU may amend these arrangements from time-to-time such that the number of credits may be increased or decreased.

Applications for entry into the ECC courses listed below will be given confirmation of the advanced standing arrangements at the time of offer. When accepted, the offer and acceptance are legally binding on all parties including ECC and ECU.

ECC Program Edith Cowan University (ECU) Program Credit Awarded From the ECC Diploma Program Course or Credit Points remaining at ECU Remaining Semesters (After ECC Diploma Program)
Diploma of Business Bachelor of Business (majors in Accounting, Event Management, Finance, Hotel Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Project Management, Sport Management, Tourism and Hospitality Management) 8 units = 120 credit points 16 units = 240 credit points 4 semesters = 2 years
Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management 8 units = 120 credit points 16 units = 240 credit points 4 semesters = 2 years
Bachelor of Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations 8 units = 120 credit points 16 units = 240 credit points 4 semesters = 2 years
Diploma of Communications and Creative Industries Bachelor of Arts (majors in, English, History, Politics and International Relations, Writing) 8 units = 120 credit points 16 units = 240 credit points 4 semesters = 2 years
Bachelor of Media and Communications (majors in, Advertising, Broadcasting, Film and Video, Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Public Relations, Screen Studies) 8 units = 120 credit points 16 units = 240 credit points 4 semesters = 2 years
Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (majors in, Fashion *, Photomedia, Visual Arts*) 8 units = 120 credit points 16 units = 240 credit points 4 semesters = 2 years
Bachelor of Design (majors in, Animation, Environmental and Spatial Design*, Games and Interactivity, Graphic Design*) 8 units = 120 credit points 16 units = 240 credit points 4 semesters = 2 years
Bachelor of Marketing Advertising and Public Relations 8 units = 120 credit points 16 units = 240 credit points 4 semesters = 2 years
Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management 8 units = 120 credit points 16 units = 240 credit points 4 semesters = 2 years
Diploma of Science (Computing/IT) Bachelor of Computer Science (majors in, Computer Security, Software Engineering) 8 units = 120 credit points 16 units = 240 credit points 4 semesters = 2 years
Bachelor of Information Technology (majors in, Computer Security, Software Engineering) 8 units = 120 credit points 16 units = 240 credit points 4 semesters = 2 years
Bachelor of Science (Cyber Security) 8 units = 120 credit points 16 units = 240 credit points 4 semesters = 2 years
Diploma of Hotel Management Bachelor of International Hotel and Resort Management 8 units = 120 credit points 16 units = 240 credit points 4 semesters = 2 years
Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management 8 units = 120 credit points 16 units = 240 credit points 4 semesters = 2 years
Diploma of Science (Engineering Studies) Bachelor of Engineering Honours (majors in, majors in, Civil, Civil and Environmental, Computer Systems, Electrical Power, Electronics and Communications, Instrumentation Control and Automation, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Chemical) 8 units = 120 credit points 24 units = 360 credit points 6 semesters = 3 years
Bachelor of Technology (majors in, Electronic and Computer Systems, Motorsports) 8 units = 120 credit points 16 units = 240 credit points 4 semesters = 2 years
Bachelor of Technology (Engineering) (majors in, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics and Communications) 8 units = 120 credit points 16 units = 240 credit points 4 semesters = 2 years
Bachelor of Engineering Science 8 units = 120 credit points 16 units = 240 credit points 4 semesters = 2 years
Diploma of Science (Health Studies) Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) 6 units = 90 credit points 18 units = 270 credit points 5 semesters = 2.5 years
Bachelor of Science (Nursing) 6 units = 90 credit points 18 units = 270 credit points 5 semesters = 2.5 years
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) 8 units = 120 credit points 16 units = 240 credit points 4 semesters = 2 years
Bachelor of Science (Psychology) 8 units = 120 credit points 16 units = 240 credit points 4 semesters = 2 years

* Entry into certain majors linked to the Diploma of Communications and Creative Industries may be required to submit a portfolio prior to entering ECU.

Applicants who believe they may be eligible for advanced standing based on other formal qualifications, should apply to ECC directly and lodge:

  • Application for Exemption Form for formal qualifications or Recognition of Prior Learning Form for informal studies and/or work experience
  • Documentary evidence to support your application. Please note that failure to submit full evidence with certified copies of documents will mean your application cannot be processed.
  • Certified copies of academic transcripts and/or qualifications with approved English language translations (if applicable)
  • Copies of the full unit outlines describing detailed contents of learning outcomes, assessments and other course materials. Such evidence must demonstrate equivalent academic rigour (quality, time frame, depth of study and content)
  • Any other evidence demonstrating that your experience, skills, knowledge and qualifications meet the academic rigour required under the respective AQF standards.
  • Proof of minimum level of English competency matching relevant course entry guidelines.

Applications for Advanced Standing and RPL should be lodged prior to the start of the course. Please refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy at: www.edithcowancollege.edu.au/policies and RPL form at www.edithcowancollege.edu.au/documents.