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TEQSA Guidance Note: Nested Courses

Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011 
22 October 2013

NOTE: This Guidance Note is related to the requirements of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011 which are no longer in force. 


This Guidance Note explains how TEQSA addresses the requirements in the Threshold Standards that relate to nested courses.

Nested courses of study can lead to awards at different AQF levels, offered and awarded by a single provider sequentially. Courses at the lower levels are ‘nested’ within courses leading to awards at the higher levels (as represented in Figure 1), enabling multiple entry and exit points for students. Students may take out awards at the lower levels when they complete units that are defined sub-sets of the total program. They may or may not be able to enter at different levels depending on their prior experience or qualifications in the field of study.