Advanced Standing & Credit Transfer / Module Exemption
Normally, applicants with a VTC Higher Diploma (HD) or equivalent sub-degree qualifications / studies in the relevant streams may be admitted into Year 3 of the degree programme, if they pass an interview to assess their suitability. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis on the applicant’s overall academic qualifications, provided there is substantial overlap in the contents of the programmes and the programme structure requirements can be met. The concerned Department will carry out a mapping exercise to ensure that the fit of the HD programme or equivalent sub-degree qualifications / studies is consistent with that of the degree programme concerned. Additional core module(s) may be required to satisfy the programme requirements.
In assessing applications for individual module exemption, a module mapping will be conducted to ensure there is at least 70% similarity between the two modules in curriculum contents and module learning outcomes. The institution that offers the programme / modules used for claiming exemption should be a recognised post-secondary institution. The applicant should normally have obtained a grade equivalent to B- (or a Grade Point of 2.7) or above in the module before the application for exemption is considered. The application for exemption should normally be made before the end of the “add / drop” period of the first semester the student is admitted to the Institute.
Normally, the study used for claiming advanced standing or module exemption should not be more than 8 years from the year in which it was completed but individual Departments may impose shorter maximum periods. Claims for advanced standing on the basis of work experience must be supported by documented evidence of attainment and will be assessed by the Vice President (Academic).
The maximum amount of specified and unspecified advanced standing and module exemption which may be granted is 50% of the total number of credit points for the programme.
For students who enter the degree programme with advanced standing, the Grade Point Average (GPA) will be calculated based on the grades achieved during the remainder of the programme.
Except for students admitted to Year 3 on the strength of their VTC’s HD qualifications or other equivalent qualifications, other students who wish to apply for advanced standing should submit an application form to the Vice President (Academic) upon their initial enrolment on the programme or before the end of the “add / drop" period of the first semester of his / her first year of study. Such applications incur a handling fee.