Credit vs. non-credit

Credit vs. non-credit: what's the difference?

When you're looking at courses and programs, you may notice that some courses are labelled as "credit" and some are "non-credit". What does this mean?

In short: credit refers to degree credit. If you're taking a course or program "for credit" through UVic Continuing Studies, it means that course or program provides credit towards an undergraduate or graduate degree at UVic or another authorized university.

 

To take a course or program for credit, you have to meet certain criteria. This handy chart explains things in more detail:

Credit programs

You have to be admitted to Continuing Studies and UVic (two separate applications)

You access your transcripts and tax receipts through UVic MyPage

You may have to register for courses, and pay fees, through UVic MyPage

Non-credit programs

You only have to be admitted to Continuing Studies (one application)

You access your transcripts and tax receipts through My Account

Credit courses

You register and pay your course fees through UVic MyPage

You may be eligible for bus pass and health benefits through the UVic Student's Society

Your courses may be transferable towards undergraduate or graduate degree credit

You are graded according to UVic scale

Your transcript and final grades are available through UVic MyPage

Non-credit courses

You register and pay your course fees through the Continuing Studies website

You are not eligible for bus pass and health benefits

Your courses not transferable towards undergraduate or graduate degree credit

You are graded according to UVic scale

Your transcript and final grades are available through My Account

 

Credit programs offered at Continuing Studies at UVic

The Continuing Studies programs you can take for degree credit are:

 

Can you take credit courses without being a credit student?

In some cases: yes. Some Continuing Studies programs offer both credit and non-credit options for the same course. But even if you're taking a credit course as non-credit, you're expected to complete all assignments, and you will be graded just like credit students.

Note: if you decide to become a credit student later, you will not receive degree credit for the courses you've already taken. So if you want to take a UVic Continuing Studies course or program for credit, please make sure you've met the proper qualifications before registering/applying.

If you're not sure whether you should register as a credit or non-credit student, or if you'd like more information about credit courses and programs, please contact us.