Grade Point Average (GPA)
What is a GPA?
A simple numerical index summarising your academic performance in a course in:
- a single teaching period or
- over a year or
- for the duration of your enrolment in a course.
It’s based on the relative size of units, measured by:
- student contact hours (for vocational education students, diploma and above)
- credit points (for higher education students).
GPA is not used in units with competency-based grading or grades that do not have marks.
What’s it used for?
A GPA can be among criteria for a study offer, for identifying candidates for academic prizes or as a measure when applying for a job or another university place.
The two main GPA scales are the 4-point and 7-point scale, which differ by the grade points allocated but share the same calculation method.
How your GPA is calculated
For higher education, the GPA is calculated using the following formula:
Total grade points divided by the total credit points = Grade Point Average.
GPA = 175/100 = 1.75 (4 point scale)
Example 1: Higher education
(CP x GPA value)
Total grade points divided by the total student contact hours = Grade Point Average
GPA = 625/245 = 2.55 (4-point scale)
Example 2: Vocational education
(SCH x GPA value)