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Credit for Previous Study


What is Credit?

A student who has undertaken previous formal or non-formal education may apply to have their achievement recognised and credited towards a University of Waikato qualification, reducing the number of papers required to complete that qualification.

Credit will be awarded at an appropriate level for the content of the qualifying paper. Credit may be:

  • for a specified University of Waikato paper, identified by paper code;

  • in a specified subject at a specified level, e.g. 15 points at 100 level (Accounting). The credit can count towards major or support requirements, where applicable;

  • specified by level, but not by subject (unspecified credit). Unspecified credit counts only towards the elective component of the degree. If the elective component has been filled then this credit will be excess to the requirements of the programme and will not be counted.

The decision to award credit in individual cases will be made by the Dean or Director of the College, Faculty, or School of Studies concerned.

The provision of credit is governed by section 14 of the Personal Programmes of Study Regulations which can be found in the University of Waikato Calendar.

The following are not eligible to be considered for credit:

  • Continuing Education short courses offered by tertiary institutions;
  • incomplete papers; the University of Waikato will only award credit for completed papers with a final grade;
  • a completed/conferred graduate or postgraduate qualification. Papers that do not count towards the completed qualification may be transferred to another qualification; evidence will need to be provided to indicate which papers are excess to the requirements of the completed qualification;
  • papers from a completed/conferred undergraduate qualification towards a graduate or postgraduate qualification;
  • papers from a completed/conferred graduate or postgraduate qualification towards an undergraduate qualification.