Student Achievement Component

EFTS value of qualifications

TEOs[1] must use the three methods, and follow the process, described in Rule SAC034 to determine the appropriate workload involved in qualifications so that they can be appropriately funded for delivering those qualifications. These methods must converge when entering details on the TEC Qualifications Register.

Credits and points

Credits or points measure the average amount of learning needed to complete the qualification or part of the qualification.  Rule SAC035 outlines the calculation process and provides an example. See also variable credit values.

Learning hours

Rule SAC036 and Rule SAC038 explain the definition and calculation of learning hours.

Full-time weeks

Full-time weeks of learning are known as teaching or tuition weeks. Rule SAC038 and Rule SAC039 explain the definition and calculation of full-time weeks of learning.

Postgraduate qualifications

SAC[2] funding provided under Investment Plans reflects postgraduate courses for domestic students either as taught postgraduate (funding categories A3–N3) or research-based postgraduate (funding categories A4–M4).  It also represents research-based postgraduate funding for foreign students (funding categories A5-M5).

It is possible for the usual 4.0 EFTS[3] value of doctorates to be increased to up to 5.0 subject to Rule SAC075.


  • [1]

    Tertiary education organisation (TEO)

  • [2]

    Student Achievement Component fund (SAC)

  • [3]

    Equivalent Full-Time Student (EFTS)

  • Last changed: 27 November 2009
  • Last verified: 23 December 2010