Director, Curriculum Quality and Standards
University Academic Board
Date of Next Review
3.3.3 Roles and responsibilities
3.3.4 QUT non-award study framework
3.3.5 Certification/record of non-award study
3.3.6 Recognition of prior learning based on non-award study
QUT offers forms of study outside the accredited awards covered in the Award courses policy (C/3.1). Non-award study provides QUT students, alumni and the wider community with an opportunity to undertake learning to further levels of knowledge and skills in particular areas and to enhance employment opportunities.
This policy applies only to non-award study stated in C/3.3.4.
This policy does not apply to:
- any award course, including custom award courses (C/3.1)
- co-curricula offerings that are designed as part of an award course or to complement an award course (C/4.5 and C/3.1)
|Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education)||
|Executive Director, (QUTeX)||
|Executive Deans (or equivalents)||
Faculty Academic Boards (or equivalents)
QUT provides learning to the wider community in a variety of ways in addition to award courses as recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
Non-award study at QUT is offered as:
- Single unit study
- Bridging programs
- Enabling programs
- Foundation programs
- English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)
- Executive and professional education (EPE)
- Client custom education (CCE) for professional development, including micro-credentials; and
- Open professional education (OPE), including micro-credentials.
The ways in which non-award study may be recorded and evidenced is specified in the Non-award study protocols (QUT staff access only).
Recognition of prior learning policy and protocols provides further information (C/5.4).
Bridging program is the non-award study available for the general community to meet the requirements of university study, for example, prerequisites for entry to an award course.
Client custom education (CCE) means engagements with local, national and international organisations for new or custom award courses or for professional development, that only consider enrolment from nominees of the sponsor and/or related organisations.
Custom award course – see definition of custom award course in Curriculum design, approval and accreditation (C/4.1).
Enabling program means a program designed to enable students to undertake an award course. Students who complete an enabling course would generally commence a course of study leading to a higher education award.
English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) means a registered (CRICOS) program designed for students who require English language training before commencing formal studies in Australia.
Executive and professional education (EPE) captures both client custom education (CCE) and open professional education (OPE) offered by the University.
Faculty managed non-award executive and professional education means the EPE that is not in collaboration with QUTeX. Where QUTeX determines it is not appropriate to collaborate with the faculty on the non-award EPE, for example, if the EPE requires specialist industrial equipment, the faculty will be responsible for the EPE.
Foundation program means the registered (CRICOS) program for international students that equips them with the skills for entry into Australian higher education study. They provide an academic entry pathway to first year undergraduate study or its equivalent.
Micro-credential means a structured and coherent set of learning and assessment activities for professional development that addresses a need in the market, meets the standards of the relevant profession or industry and meets the following criteria:
- includes specific learning outcomes
- includes verified summative assessment of the learning outcomes
- meets the minimum volume of learning as defined in the Non-award study protocols (if relevant)
- designed to meet a specific requirement of organisations or community
- approved and quality assured according to the Non-award study protocols.
Module as defined in the Unit and module information policy (C/4.5).
Non-award study as defined in the QUT non-award study framework (C/3.3.4).
Open professional education (OPE) means non-award study that is open for public enrolment.
Non-formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning but does not lead to an officially accredited qualification (C/5.4.4).
Single unit study means a unit of an award course offered as non-award study. The learner may complete the unit without being admitted into the course (E/4.1.13). Single unit study includes the units offered through the START QUT program.
Program is a generic term used at QUT that may include defined sequences of non-award study or non-formal learning.
MOPP C/3.1 Award courses
MOPP C/3.5 Transnational education
MOPP C/4.1 Student admission
MOPP C/4.5 Unit and module information
MOPP C/5.4 Recognition of prior learning
MOPP E/4.1 Student admission
MOPP E/4.2 Advanced standing
Non-award study protocols (QUT staff access only)
|22.06.22||C/3.3.4, C/3.3.7||Chair, University Academic Board / Director, Curriculum, Quality and Standards||Revised policy to include enabling program definition|
|31.05.21||All||University Academic Board||Revised policy to encompass non-award executive and professional education managed by QUTeX and all other forms of non-award study (C/3.4 Graduate and professional education policy rescinded)|
|27.07.20||All||University Academic Board||Revised policy to distinguish non-award from award and include definition of micro-credential|
|24.05.19||C/3.3.3, C/3.3.6||University Academic Board||Revised policy to clarify the definition of 'module' and include amendments to support management of approval of units and modules (effective 01.06.19)|
|24.03.17||All||Director, Governance and Legal Services||Simplified policy|
|25.11.16||All||University Academic Board||Revised policy to include definition of a program|
|27.03.15||All||University Academic Board||Revised policy|
|25.05.12||All||University Academic Board||Revised policy|
|14.11.08||All||University Academic Board||Renumbered policy to C/3.3 (formerly C/5.1)|
|16.11.07||All||University Academic Board||Revised policy (endorsed by Teaching and Learning Committee 30.10.07)|
|12.12.00||All||Secretariat||Updated to reflect new Student Rules|