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Nomenclature of Sealed Awards

Nomenclature of Sealed Awards Policy

Policy Code: LT1431


To provide a clear and consistent framework for the naming of Federation University awards and their post-nominals.  The nomenclature must reflect the level of award and be readily understood within the University sector and the broader community.


This Policy covers all Awards offered at the University.


Double Degree Two undergraduate degrees -the student is eligible to receive two testamurs, for example, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Computing
Joint Degree One undergraduate degree (branching across two discipline areas) The student is eligible to receive one testamur, for example, Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Technology
Double Award One VET award and one undergraduate degree - the student is eligible to receive two testamurs, for example, Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Business (Office Administration)
Level Defined under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) guidelines and corresponds to the level of study
Discipline – Generic Refers to the broad area of study and for most institutions is historically based, eg Arts, Science, Applied Science, Computing or Business - by its very nature, it is general
Specialisation – Badge Specific

An appropriate qualifier to the preceding generic term. It is an optional appellation to a broad area of study, which may indicate a specific area of expertise. Such expertise is most likely attained when 50% of the units/courses, which make up the award, are based in this discipline. Guidelines for appropriate badge specific terms are given in the style section of this document.

* For TAFE, where this Policy is at variance with the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF), the AQTF will prevail.

*For HE, where this Policy is at variance with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), the AQF will prevail.

Honours A single year of study (or equivalent) following on from a Bachelor's degree as described in Regulation 5.1.2-Honours and Distinction consisting of 120 credit points (or equivalent).
With Distinction When academic performance is of a very high standard throughout specified three-year Bachelor degrees, a degree 'with Distinction' (not bracketed) may be granted. A grade point average of 6.5 and greater is required.
[Refer to Regulation 5.1.2-Honours and Distinction].
Post-nominal The award abbreviation displayed after a person’s name to indicate their educational qualifications.

Policy Statement

  1. The names of awards and their post-nominals should be proposed and confirmed at the program approval stage as per the Approval of New Award Programs (Higher Education) Procedure and the VET Program Approval and Maintenance Procedure.
  2. When proposing a name and post-nominal for a new higher education program, the conventions below must be applied.
  3. When submitting a name for a new TAFE award being offered, the name listed for the qualification in au must be used and the conventions for the post-nominal below should be followed.
  4. Once confirmed, names of awards and their post-nominals are listed in Schedule 5.1 - Current Programs Higher Education and Schedule 5.1 - Current Programs Technical and Further Education

Conventions for Naming Awards

  • When proposing a name for a new TAFE award being offered, the name listed for the qualification in au must be used
  • Use ‘of’ to link the award level to discipline (except Certificates).
  • Use ‘and’ to link double degrees and double awards.
  • Use '/' to separate the two components of a joint degree.
  • Use a single set of brackets to show the specialisation - badge-specific. It should be brief, specific and informative. Capitalise all major words and do not use punctuation within the brackets.
  • Use 'and' rather than '&'.’

Conventions for Assigning a Post-Nominal

  • Use the abbreviations listed in Federation University’s Post-Nominals Index (see Forms) when creating a post-nominal.
  • Use an unambiguous abbreviation e.g. Engineering abbreviated to Eng and English abbreviated to Engl.
  • Use a mix of upper and lower case to distinguish the individual words within the award title.
  • Use brackets to contain the specialisation.
  • Do not use spaces or full stops in the abbreviation Use “/” to separate the two components of joint degrees. Do not use full stops.


Single Awards
Level   Discipline:
Optional Specialization: badge-specific in brackets Honours – if appropriate Post-Nominal
Certificate III in Plumbing     CertIIIPlumbg
Diploma of Graphic Design     DipGraphDes
Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)   AdvDipBldDes(Arch)
Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) (Honours) BA(SocSc)(Hons)
Bachelor of Commerce   (Honours) BCom(Hons)
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)   BCom(Acc)
Bachelor of Business (Marketing and Information Technology)   BBus(Mkt&IT)
Master of Strength and Conditioning     MStr&Cond
Double Degrees
Two components Post-Nominal
Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Business BCom/BBus
Joint Degrees
Two components Post-Nominal
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business BA/BBus


Academic Board (as the Approval Authority) is responsible for monitoring the implementation, outcomes and scheduled review of this procedure.

Chair, Academic Board (as the Policy Sponsor) is responsible for maintaining the content of this procedure as delegated by Academic Board.