Why have I got an SC grade and what does it mean?
A Special Circumstance or SC grade is awarded to students that do not meet the assessment requirements of a unit. It is only applicable to specific study periods mentioned above.
If you don’t pass a unit:
- your results notification email will display an SC grade for that unit, and the mark you achieved.
- the corresponding mark will not be included in your Weighted Average Mark (WAM) calculation
- your official transcript will just display just the SC grade, however no mark will be displayed.
What can I tell prospective employers?
Due to the unique situation and impacts caused by COVID-19, the University decided that a Fail grade was not appropriate.
What’s the difference between a W grade and an SC grade?
Students that submit a Withdraw without Academic and/or Financial Penalty may not face a Financial Penalty.
However, students awarded an SC grade will still be required to pay for their unit.
Do I still have to pay for any unit I receive and SC grade for?
Can I appeal an SC grade?
Yes. Refer to the grade appeals page for more information.
Do I need to redo a unit if I’ve received an SC grade?
An SC grade means that you have not successfully completed the requirements of the unit.
You will still need to complete the unit if it is a requirement for your degree.
If the unit is an elective, you may choose to:
- Re-enrol into it at a later date, or
- Select a different elective unit.
Does an SC grade count for credit towards my degree?
No, as an SC grade indicates that the unit requirements have not been met, it will not count for credit towards your degree.
If I pass but with a 51 or 52 (or similarly low mark) can I elect to get a SC grade instead?
No, if you are awarded a Pass grade, you are not able to elect to receive an SC grade.
How does an SC grade affect my academic standing/progression?
In these challenging times, we have relaxed the rules around Academic Progression.
If you do not pass 51 per cent of the load you attempted, in the study periods mentioned above, you WILL NOT be subject to the Academic Progression process.
Therefore, an SC grade has no negative impact on your academic standing.
If I receive an SC grade for an elective, do I have to repeat the same elective?
As the unit is an elective, you can choose whether to repeat the unit or not.
You should note that some degrees have requirements regarding the number and type of electives you can select.
If you started your degree in 2020 refer to the Course Handbook, however, if you started prior to 2020 you should refer to your Study Plan.
Do I have to pay to reattempt a unit I received an SC grade for?
Yes, you will be required to pay for reattempting any units that you receive an SC grade for.