Guide to Academic Progression

Guide to Academic Progression

Academic progression is the progress you make towards completion of your program.

The purpose of monitoring your academic progression is to alert you and your Program Authority as early as possible to any issue/s with your progress which may prevent you from completing your program within the maximum timeframe allowed. It also provides you with an opportunity to receive academic advice, support and guidance as required.

The Academic Progression Procedure can be found here (PDF).

Important things to note:

  • Your academic progression is reviewed at the end of Term 1, Term 2, Term 3 and Summer Term for UNSW Sydney and in Semester One, Semester Two and Summer Term for UNSW Canberra.
  • Academic progression is assessed at a program level.
  • Academic progression applies to coursework programs only. It does not apply to coursework elements of higher degree research programs.
  • You must also meet any program specific progression requirements as specified in the rules of your program.

Maximum time to complete

You must complete your program of study no later than the published maximum time to complete, for your program.

This rule will come into effect from Summer Semester 2018

For more information, see Maximum time to complete.

Maximum repeat fails

If you repeatedly and unsuccessfully attempt the same course or course rule, it is important that you seek academic advice at the earliest opportunity.

The consequence differs depending on the number of times you have failed the same course or course rule.

These rules will come into effect from Summer Semester 2018

For more information, see Maximum Repeat Fails.

Support and how to appeal

Find out How to Appeal if your enrolment in your program is terminated.

A number of Support Services are available if you need advice or assistance with your academic progression.

For all general enquiries regarding academic progression, please contact