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The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive qualifications framework. Under the AQF, all qualifications of a comparable level share a defined set of entry requirements and learning outcomes which make moving between Australian institutions easier, and transferring to international institutions less complicated.

Further information can be accessed via the AQF website.

AQF levels

The AQF level for your program will appear alongside other program information on the University’s Courses and Programs website.

The AQF consists of 10 levels, with each level defined by a set of learning outcomes that should be attained by a graduate of a qualification at that level. That is, by the time you graduate with your degree you should be able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and application of that knowledge and skill relevant to your degree area and level of degree. The AQF levels applicable to programs in the BEL Faculty are:

Qualification AQF Level
Associate Degree 6
Bachelor Degree 7
Bachelor Honours Degree 8
Graduate Certificate 8
Graduate Diploma 8
Master Degree 9
Higher Doctorate 10

AQF and undergraduate students

All students with a place in an undergraduate program prior to 2015 are able to continue with their current program. Students thinking about changing to another program, including a dual program, will need to be mindful that some undergraduate programs have changed as a consequence of the AQF.

BEL Faculty programs not affected

Single programs

  • Bachelor of Business Management
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Bachelor of International Hotel & Tourism Management

Dual programs

  • Bachelor of Business Management / Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Business Management / Bachelor of Economics
  • Bachelor of Business Management / Bachelor of International Hotel & Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Economics

Dual programs with one of the BEL programs listed above and a program from another Faculty (for example the Bachelor of Engineering / Bachelor of Commerce) may have been affected by the AQF. Please review the 2015 program rules and requirements for dual programs on the Courses & Programs website.

BEL Faculty programs affected by AQF

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) has moved from an AQF Level 7 program to an AQF Level 8 program. Students commencing this program (or an associated dual or graduate entry program) from 2015 will enrol in the Level 8 program.

The major differences between the Level 7 and Level 8 programs are:

  • All students in a Level 8 LLB will graduate with a class of honours. The class of honours will be awarded based on the university-level cut-offs, outlined in PPL3.50.12b. The Law School is seeking to modify these cut-offs for law programs, but the outcome of the submission will not be known until early 2015.
  • All students in a Level 8 LLB program will be required to undertake the equivalent of #4 of research-based assessment as a minimum. This will be embedded in the program requirements.
  • From 2015 the 'graduate entry' program will be referred to as the LLB(Hons)(#48) program on the Courses and Programs website and in mySI-net, while the standard four year single LLB will be referred to as the LLB(Hons)(#64). However, all students will be awarded the ‘Bachelor of Laws (Honours)' on graduation i.e. there will be no reference to the duration of the program.
Changing to the 2015 rules

Students commencing an LLB program from 2015 will satisfy the AQF requirement for a minimum #4 of research-based assessment by completing the following compulsory courses:

  • LAWS2113 Criminal Law & Procedure A
  • LAWS4114 Advanced Research
  • LAWS5154 Public International Law

If you are a student who commenced the LLB (or LLB dual program) prior to 2015, you will only be able to change to the 2015 rules if you have not yet completed LAWS2113, or you completed LAWS2113 in the year 2011 or later; and you have not completed LAWS5154 prior to 2015. You will be required to complete LAWS4114 and LAWS5154 as part of your program requirements if you change to the 2015 rules.

The 2015 LLB(Hons) course list can be accessed via the Courses and Programs website at:

If, as a current LLB student, you wish to change to the 2015 rules, please submit your request to change programs via mySI-net. Program changes for Semester 1 2015 will open on 27 October 2014. Information and instructions on how to request a program change via mySI-net are available from myAdvisor.

Before requesting a program change, LLB students should also consider the GPA cut-offs for class of honours, as they are different for the Level 7 and Level 8 degrees.

AQF and postgraduate students

Current postgraduate students who commenced their program prior to 2015 can continue to articulate through a postgraduate coursework suite of programs under the pre-2015 rules, provided they maintain continuous enrolment. Continuous enrolment means a student must be enrolled in at least one course every semester from Semester 1, 2015, not including Summer Semesters.

Students who can demonstrate extenuating circumstances can make a case to the Associate Dean (Academic) for exemption from the need to be continuously enrolled.

Credit cancellation periods will continue to apply in accordance with section 1.8.2 of the General Award Rules, i.e. students will have 3 years to complete a Graduate Certificate, 5 years for a Graduate Diploma, and 7 years for a Masters program.

Students who are required to, or who choose to, study under the 2015 rules will need to meet the entry requirements as stated in the 2015 program rules. These are clearly articulated on the Courses and Programs website for each program, but in summary, the BEL Faculty has complied with the AQF entry requirements by applying the following general criteria:

Program

General Entry Requirements

This is a guide only. Please refer to the rules of the specific program that you are interested in.
#16 Masters A Bachelor Honours Degree, or a Masters Degree from the same discipline, with a minimum GPA.

Applicants may be able to combine a lesser qualification plus work experience in the discipline to meet this minimum entry.

#24 Masters A Bachelor Degree from the same discipline, with a minimum GPA.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA may be able to articulate through an associated Graduate Certificate provided a GPA minimum is met in that program.

#32 Masters A Bachelor Degree from any discipline, with a minimum GPA.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA may be able to articulate through an associated Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma provided a GPA minimum is met in that program.

#8 Graduate Certificate If used for entry into a #24 Masters: A Bachelor Degree from the same discipline, with a minimum GPA.

If used for entry into a #32 Masters: A Bachelor Degree from any discipline, with a minimum GPA.

#16 Graduate Diploma If used for entry into a #32 Masters: A Bachelor Degree from any discipline, with a minimum GPA.

Cannot be used for entry into a #24 Masters.

Changing your program

Undergraduate

Current undergraduate students changing to a program that has been classified as a Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree will need to ensure that all research-based assessment requirements can be met with no extra study.

Changing from one Level 7 Bachelor Degree to another Level 7 Bachelor Degree will generally not create problems, however students are advised to look closely at both sets of program rules to ensure they understand the implications of changing.

A student commencing in a program for the first time in 2015 cannot change to the pre-2015 program rules.

Postgraduate

Before applying for a program change, current postgraduate students should check that they meet the entry requirements for the new program.

AQF and honours

All Bachelor Honours Degrees are awarded with a class of honours. The classes of honours available are honours class I; honours class II (A or B); honours class III (A or B). The standard cut-offs for classes of honours are outlined in PPL3.50.12b

BEL Faculty honours programs not affected

  • Bachelor of Business Management (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Economics (Honours)
  • Bachelor of International Hotel & Tourism Management (Honours)

It is intended that no student will be disadvantaged under the revised standard class of honours cut-off arrangements. Transition arrangements will be made for students who, prior to 2015 have completed courses that will be used to determine the class of honours. The student’s class of honours will be determined using both the 2015 cut-offs and the applicable 2014 method and cut-offs. The highest class of honours will be awarded.

BEL Faculty honours programs affected

As outlined above, from 2015 all students commencing the Bachelor of Laws or an associated degree will graduate with a class of honours.

Same Discipline

Entry into a #24 or #16 postgraduate program requires completion of a previous degree that is considered to be within the same discipline as the postgraduate program.

Definitions of 'same discipline':

School of Business - study areas deemed to be the same discipline

Program

Program Code

Areas of study or work experience deemed to be "same discipline"

Master of Business (#24) 5250 Bachelor degree specialising in at least one of the following areas:
  • accounting
  • advertising (business degree related only)
  • business
  • business administration
  • business information systems
  • commercialisation (business degree related only)
  • economics
  • entrepreneurship
  • finance
  • human resources
  • international business
  • international hotel and tourism management (UQ BIHTM and Griffith University BITHM degrees permitted, others considered on a case by case basis)
  • management
  • marketing
  • strategy
  • sustainability (business degree related only)
Master of Commerce (#24) 5165 Bachelor degree specialising in at least one of the following areas:
  • accounting
  • advertising (business degree related only)
  • business
  • business administration
  • business information systems
  • commercialisation (business degree related only)
  • economics
  • finance
  • international business
  • international economics and trade
  • entrepreneurship
  • human resources
  • management
  • marketing
  • strategy
  • sustainability (business degree related only)
Graduate Certificate in Project Management 5287 Work experience in a least one of the following areas:
  • accounting
  • administration
  • architecture
  • business
  • construction
  • conveyancing
  • economics
  • emergency services
  • engineering
  • environmental (incl. energy, water, waste)
  • events
  • finance
  • health services (health practitioners, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, psychology, speech)
  • hospitality
  • hotel
  • law
  • management
  • military
  • project management (any area)
  • tourism
  • real estate
  • sustainability
  • town planning
Master of Project Management 5289 Bachelor degree specialising / work experience in at least one of the fields of:
  • accounting
  • administration
  • architecture
  • business
  • construction
  • conveyancing
  • economics
  • emergency services
  • engineering
  • environmental (incl. energy, water, waste)
  • events
  • finance
  • health services (health practitioners, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, psychology, speech)
  • hospitality
  • hotel
  • law
  • management
  • military
  • project management (any area)
  • tourism
  • real estate
  • sustainability
  • town planning
Graduate Certificate in Property Studies 5047 Bachelor degree specialising in at least one of the following areas:
  • accounting
  • architecture
  • business
  • construction
  • conveyancing
  • economics
  • finance
  • international hotel and tourism management (UQ degree permitted, others considered on a case by case basis)
  • land management
  • management
  • marketing
  • planning
  • property studies
  • real estate
  • regional planning
  • sustainability
  • town planning
  • valuation
Master of Property Studies 5201 Bachelor degree specialising in at least one of the following areas:
  • accounting
  • architecture
  • business
  • construction
  • conveyancing
  • economics
  • finance
  • international hotel and tourism management (UQ degree permitted, others considered on a case by case basis)
  • land management
  • management
  • marketing
  • planning
  • property studies
  • real estate
  • regional planning
  • sustainability
  • town planning
  • valuation
Graduate Certificate in Technology and Innovation Management 5353 Bachelor degree specialising in at least one of the following areas:
  • biotechnology
  • business
  • commercialisation
  • economics
  • engineering (business administration)
  • entrepreneurship
  • innovation
  • management
  • strategy
  • sustainability
  • technology (agricultural, information, nano, bio)
Master of Technology and Innovation Management 5355 Bachelor degree specialising in at least one of the following areas:
  • biotechnology
  • business
  • commercialisation
  • economics
  • engineering (business administration)
  • entrepreneurship
  • innovation
  • management
  • strategy
  • sustainability
  • technology (agricultural, information, nano, bio)
Master of Tourism, Hotel and Event Management (#24) 5548 Bachelor degree specialising in at least one of the following areas:
  • event
  • hospitality
  • hotel
  • tourism
Master of Tourism Leadership 5549 Bachelor degree specialising in at least one of the following areas:
  • event
  • hospitality
  • hotel
  • tourism

School of Economics - study areas deemed to be the same discipline

Program

Program Code

Areas of study or work experience deemed to be "same discipline"

Graduate Certificate in Economics

5010

  1. a bachelor degree in economics, business, or commerce; or
  2. a bachelor degree containing at least 4 courses in any3 of the following areas:
  3. microeconomics
  4. macroeconomics
  5. statistics
  6. mathematics

Master of Business Economics (#24)

5245

  1. a bachelor degree in economics, business, or commerce; or
  2. a bachelor degree containing at least 4 courses in any3 of the following areas:
  3. microeconomics
  4. macroeconomics
  5. statistics
  6. mathematics

Master of Development Economics (#24)

5469

  1. a bachelor degree in economics, business, or commerce; or
  2. a bachelor degree containing at least 4 courses in any3 of the following areas:
  3. microeconomics
  4. macroeconomics
  5. statistics
  6. mathematics

Master of Economics (#24)

5601

  1. a bachelor degree in economics, business, or commerce; or
  2. a bachelor degree containing at least 4 courses in any3 of the following areas:
  3. microeconomics
  4. macroeconomics
  5. statistics
  6. mathematics

Master of Economics and Public Policy (#24)

5545

  1. a bachelor degree in economics, business, or commerce; or
  2. a bachelor degree containing at least 4 courses in any3 of the following areas:
  3. microeconomics
  4. macroeconomics
  5. statistics
  6. mathematics

Master of Health Economics (#24)

5418

  1. a bachelor degree in economics, business, or commerce; or
  2. a bachelor degree containing at least 4 courses in any3 of the following areas:
  3. microeconomics
  4. macroeconomics
  5. statistics
  6. mathematics

Master of International Economics and Finance (#24)

5185

  1. a bachelor degree in economics, business, or commerce; or
  2. a bachelor degree containing at least 4 courses in any3 of the following areas:
  3. microeconomics
  4. macroeconomics
  5. statistics
  6. mathematics

School of Law - study areas deemed to be the same discipline

Program

Program Code

Areas of study or work experience deemed to be "same discipline"

Master of Laws (#16)

5191

Work experience used for entry based on rule 1(1)(b)(ii):

A student seeking admission on the basis of this sub-rule would typically have undertaken full-time work experience, inter alia, as:

  • solicitor
  • barrister
  • in-house legal practitioner
  • legal consultant with a major consulting firm
  • contracts officer or claims manager within a commercial entity
  • bank, finance or insurance officer
  • research officer within a legal practice, law reform commission or public advocacy organisation
  • legal studies teacher or legal academic

Master of International Commercial Law

5604

Work experience used for entry as specified by “… professional work experience relevant to the courses offered in the program…”:

A student seeking admission on the basis of this sub-rule would typically have undertaken full-time work experience, inter alia, in one of the following occupations:

  • accountant
  • anthropologist
  • banker or financier
  • barrister
  • business manager or operator
  • company director
  • contracts officer or claims manager within a commercial entity
  • economist
  • engineer
  • environmental consultant
  • freight forwarder
  • in-house legal practitioner
  • insolvency practitioner
  • mediator
  • occupational health and safety officer
  • patent attorney
  • project manager
  • public servant
  • real estate agent
  • solicitor
  • tax advisor or agent
  • underwriter or insurance agent or broker
  • teacher or academic in one of the above fields of study