What is a credit point?
When I started at University I had no idea what a ‘credit point’ is nor how many of these I would need to get these and how many I needed. So here is the simplified version:
- Every degree requires you complete a certain amount of credit points over your period of study. Just like in the HSC / VCE (or your State equivalent) where you are required to complete ten units to receive a final mark, at university you are required to complete a certain amount of credit points to get your degree. Mine requirement was 144 credit points across a minimum of three years full time. Each subject you select is worth a number of points (usually 6) and these accumulate over your study.
- There is no need to look at the credit point requirement when picking your courses, as unless they are below 6 points, you will complete your degree in time no matter which course.
- You will receive all 6 points for a subject no matter if you receive a pass, credit or distinction. A Pass is a Pass! Having that in mind, your credit point total and grade average are two very different indicators! One is just a requirement for graduation, while your average will help you in your search of post graduate positions. A higher grade average is extremely valuable in the application process.