The Australian higher education grading system consists of four levels, High Distinction, Distinction, Credit, Pass and Fail. Assignments and exams are marked against an outcome-based grading framework where students are required to demonstrate their proficiency against learning outcomes and achievement standards to the best of their abilities.
This provides a very transparent and goal-driven learning structure for students, allowing them to acquire and retain real knowledge and expand on the guidance provided in lectures and tutorial, testing their ability to independently source and assess information, engage in critical analysis and adopt a solutions-based, problem solving approach to demonstrate satisfaction with learning objectives.
Completely different to the outdated, rote-based education systems that are still inherent in many countries, Australian learning outcomes are markedly different in terms of their focus.
While challenging and requiring real commitment on part of students, their ability to grasp and acquire the benefits of this system over the course of their educational journey is the foundation of the practical, job-ready skill sets that Australian graduates are equipped with once they venture out into the workforce.
Students are required to earn a certain number of credit or unit points each semester to complete their degree. These units can be transferred across universities and qualification levels, enabling students to continue your higher education in a streamlined manner.