Please be advised that we have recently changed this definition in line with the Centrelink definition.
You’re studying full time if you’re doing 75% or more of your course’s full time study load. We work this out this using one of the following:
Example 1 – you’re studying a course based on EFTSL
Your university works out your study load using EFTSL. You can do up to 8 subjects per year, and the EFTSL weighting for each subject is the same.
|Total EFTSL||Course length||Full time study load||75% study load|
|1.0 per year or 0.5 per semester||1 year||8 subjects worth 0.125|
8 x 0.125 = 1.0
|6 x 0.125 = 0.75 over the year 0.375 in each semester|
In this example, 3 subjects in semester 1 and semester 2 equals 0.375 EFTSL for each semester. If you’re doing less than this in either semester, you’re considered part time.
Example 2 – you’re studying a course based on credit points
The place you’re studying at says the total number of credit points for your course is 24 per semester. In this example, you’re studying 3 subjects worth 6 credit points each.
|Total credit points||Course length||Full time study load||75% study load|
|24 per semester||3 years||4 subjects worth 6 credit points each|
4 x 6 = 24
|24 x 0.75 = 18 credit points per semester|
In this example the 75% study load is 18 credit points per semester. Because you’re completing 18 credit points, you are considered full time. If you’re doing less than this, you are considered part time.
Example 3 – you’re studying a course based on hours
The place you’re studying at says your course is 200 hours in total and the course length is 10 weeks.
|Total hours||Course length||Full time study load||75% study load|
|20 hours||10 weeks||20 hours per week|
200 ÷ 10 weeks = 20 hours per week
|15 hours per week|
200 hours x 0.75 = 150 hours
150 hours ÷ 10 weeks
In this example, if you’re doing at least 15 hours per week you are full time. If you’re doing less than this, you are considered part time.