11. Academic Progression - TAFE Queensland

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11. Academic Progression

Academic Progression Requirements

What You Need to Know

You are expected to meet all of the academic progression requirements for your education and training with TAFE Queensland.

This means you are required to:

  • Meet all of your attendance obligations for each unit;
  • Submit and undertake all assessment on time; and
  • Complete all the requirements for the unit within the prescribed study period.

Intervention Strategies

What You Need to Know

Informal Intervention:

If you are having difficulties in managing satisfactory academic progression, you should be proactive and discuss the matter with your teachers.

  • Discussing issues with your teacher, or a counsellor/disability support officer; and
  • Negotiating any required changes to your enrolment (for example undertaking a reduced study load).

TAFE Queensland will also monitor your academic progression. If you identified as at risk of unsuccessful academic progression, TAFE Queensland will discuss with you your options to improve your performance.

Formal Intervention:

If you continue to demonstrate unsuccessful academic progression, TAFE Queensland will introduce more formal intervention strategies, including:

  • A formal meeting between TAFE Queensland, you, and other relevant stakeholders to discuss formal intervention strategies to be put in place;
  • A Student Academic Progression Plan, detailing how academic progression will be managed through these formal intervention strategies; and
  • (If applicable) A Student Behaviour Contract, detailing how behavioural improvements will be made.

Note that under legislation and funding agreements, TAFE Queensland will also be obligated to report academic progression issues to your parents/guardians (if you are under 18 years of age), your school (if you are enrolled in secondary school), your employer (if you are an apprentice or trainee), and other relevant government agencies (e.g. the commonwealth Department of Education for international students, the Department of Education and Training in Queensland for User Choice students).

Extensions

What You Need to Know

If you cannot reasonably complete your study within the expected duration (as specified in your Training Plan for Apprenticeships and Traineeships, and your Confirmation of Enrolment for international students), TAFE Queensland may grant an extension of study based on compassionate or compelling circumstances.

Any request for an extension to the close of study date for a unit must be made in writing to the regional General Manager at least 48 hours prior to the close of study date. An original signed doctor's certificate (or other documentary evidence) must be provided to support the request.

If TAFE Queensland accepts your request for an extension of study, you will be issued with a Student Academic Progression Plan.

Formal Disciplinary Process

What You Need to Know

If you have a continued pattern of failing to achieve satisfactory academic progression and/or the agreed actions in your Academic Progression Plan, you will be subject to a formal disciplinary process for Student Misconduct.

Penalties for International and Higher Education Students

What You Need to Know

International Students:

International students who do not achieve satisfactory academic progression (by not successfully completing 50% of the course requirements within the study period) may be reported to the Department of Education and Training for unsatisfactory course progress.

This reporting automatically alerts the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and may impact the status of your student visa.

Higher Education Students:

Time for Higher Education Course Completion:

Domestic higher education students are required to complete their course within certain time limits:

  • 2 Year Associate Degree students have a maximum time for completion of 5 years regardless of study mode; and
  • 3 Year Bachelor Degree students have a maximum time for completion of 8 years regardless of study mode.

This incorporates all assessable components including, for example, professional practice.

Higher Education Probations:

If you have a semester Grade Point Average (GPA) of less than 3.0 at the end of a semester and/or are awarded a failing grade in a unit which you have previously failed in your current program of study you will be placed on probation for the following semester.

Your enrolment in that semester will be determined by TAFE Queensland, and may include a restricted number of units. You will also be provided with advice to identify how you may access assistance to improve your academic performance. We will notify you in writing of your probation.

The outcome of being placed on probation is dependent on your performance in the subsequent semester. You may have:

  • Probation rescinded; or
  • Probation extended for an additional probationary period; or
  • Probation progressed to exclusion.

Higher Education Exclusions:

You are liable for exclusion if you:

  • Fail the same required unit more than twice; and/or
  • Have a semester grade point average (GPA) of less than 3.0 in two consecutive semesters of your study in the course; or
  • Exceed time limits for the completion of your course.

If you are excluded, you are not permitted to attend classes or undertake study in the qualification from which you were excluded, or re-enrol in the same qualification for at least two standard semesters. We will notify you in writing of your exclusion.