Diploma of Science (YSCI01)




Courses Overview

What will I learn?
The Diploma of Science is designed for students who are interested in developing skills and knowledge in science, but who do not wish to commit to a 3-year Bachelor degree.
For some students this single-year degree provides a taste of university, and it is ideal for anyone interested in investigating if further education is the right pathway for them.
This very flexible Diploma is also attractive to those who may already hold a degree, such as teachers, engineers or other professionals, but who want to update or broaden their knowledge and skills in a particular science discipline. Depending on prior experience or qualification, applicants with previous qualifications may take units at first, second and third year undergraduate levels. Part-time enrolment is also an option.
Successful graduates are guaranteed entry into the CDU Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Environmental Science and gain a full year's credit if they follow the recommended study plans for those courses. Other direct pathways are available that lead into the second year of one of the many other Bachelor degrees offered by CDU.
Students achieve a Higher Education award at the end of the one year Diploma, irrespective of whether they continue on to other study. Students with a VET Certificate IV in science can be given up to six months credit towards the Diploma of Science.
The Diploma of Science is taken by students throughout Australia. The course provides a range of study plans, in internal and external modes, and can be taken completely externally without any requirement to come to campus, depending on unit selection. For units where practical laboratory skills are important, external students may be required to attend on-campus intensive teaching blocks (please check when selecting units).
Course Structure
The course includes two common units, five specialist elective units and an elective unit. The common units are designed to assist Diploma students gain the academic skills required to make the successful transition to higher education. They focus on developing the practical skills required for university study. These include: assignment writing, reading and thinking critically, referencing, researching, IT skills, teamwork and communication.
Specialist elective units enable students to study biology, chemistry, ecology, environmental science, earth science, computing science, physics, mathematics, geographic information science, psychology, sports science, indigenous environmental management and knowledge, statistics and biomedical science.
Students without higher education experience should take 100 level units but professionals wanting to upgrade science qualifications and skills can take units at any undergraduate level as long as they structure their unit selection to meet prerequisite unit requirements.
A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp). All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.


Which department am I in? Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment

Entry Requirement From Vietnam

Students are required to have minimum score of 7.0/10.0 GPA.

Entry Requirement For International Student

Applicants must hold a qualification equivalent to Australian Year 12.
Other English Language Requirements:
IELTS Academic module minimum overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0; Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) minimum overall score of 165; Navitas Academic English - an overall pass of 60% in Academic English 2; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module minimum overall score of 42 with no less than 36 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking; TOEFL (iBT) minimum overall score of 46 with a minimum writing score of 21.

Path Way Options by Other Partners

Pathways options
Offered by other partners
This university accepts pathways courses from Georgian College

Full Time (1 year)

A$24,600.00 (US$ 19,242) per year

26 February 2018, 16 July 2018

Charles Darwin University Casuarina Campus, Ellengowan Drive, CASUARINA, Northern Territory, 0810, DARWIN, Australia

Online/Distance (80 credit points)

A$24,600.00 (US$ 19,242) per year

26 February 2018, 16 July 2018

Charles Darwin University Casuarina Campus, Ellengowan Drive, CASUARINA, Northern Territory, 0810, DARWIN, Australia