Passing subjects and completing your degree at a steady rate is important to ensure your knowledge and qualifications are current. You must pass at least 50% of your subjects each year of enrolment, along with other criteria detailed in the Academic Progress Policy.
If you don’t progress at a satisfactory rate you could be:
- Considered for exclusion from your course for up to five years
- Required to develop an academic progress plan to get your study back on track
An academic progress plan sets out strategies to help you stay on track and provides access to resources, support services and contacts.
Requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress
There are five criteria that mean you don't meet academic progress requirements.
Rate of progress
If you do not pass at least 50% of your enrolled subjects in a session:
- for the first time, you will be advised that you are at stage one of academic progress and offered support.
- for the second time, you will be advised that you are at stage two of academic progress and be required to create an Academic Progress Plan and access university support.
- after the third time, you will be considered for exclusion from your course.
If you have a key subject in your course, you will be identified at Stage 2.
You have two attempts to pass a key subject. If you fail a subject a second time, you will be identified at Stage 3.
There is a maximum time to complete your degree. This ensures currency of knowledge and your professional suitability as a graduate. You can find the normal course duration for your course in the Handbook.
If you exceed the maximum time to complete your course, you will progress to stage three of academic progress and be considered for exclusion.
More information about how maximum time is calculated is available in the Course and Subject Design (Coursework) Procedure.
If you have failed workplace learning requirements that are specified as necessary to progress further in the course, you will not be able to enrol in any other subjects in the course until they have passed these requirements.
Bachelor Honours subjects
If you fail any subject in a one-year Bachelor Honours degree, or in the honours component of an integrated bachelor honours degree, you will be advised that you are at stage two of academic progress and be required to create an Academic Progress Plan and access university support.
If you meet this criterion for a second time, you will be considered for exclusion.
What happens next?
We will let you know if you are not meeting the requirements for academic progress in an email.
Stage 1: support offered chevron_right
We will notify you via email and provide you with information about relevant support services that can help you get your studies back on track.
Stage 2: support required chevron_right
We will notify you via email and you will be informed of relevant support services. You will be asked to create an Academic Progress Plan so you have a strategy in place to deal with the factors holding you back from your study. How to create an academic progress plan.
Stage 3: considered for exclusion chevron_right
You will be informed via email if you are considered for possible exclusion. You will have seven days to submit a written response explaining why you should not be excluded - this is called a 'show cause' response.
The Deputy Dean of your Faculty will then determine if you should remain in your course or if you should be excluded. You will be advised of this decision via email.
You will progress directly to exclusion, and not be reconsidered by the Deputy Dean if you do not:
- create an academic progress plan and engage with support services while in stage two, or
- submit a written ‘show cause’ response