Find your path to uni with our new diplomas.

Our diplomas are designed to provide you with a more supported start to university study. They cover key areas including arts and social sciences, business, engineering and the built environment, science and environmental science, information technology and educational studies.

These credit-based pathways provide you with academic literacy, research and discipline-specific skills required for further study. You’ll study a combination of first-year degree courses alongside supported pathways courses that help with the transition to university studies.

Taken over one year full-time or up to four years part-time, you can gain up to 80 units of credit and receive guaranteed entry into related degree programs. There are additional degree programs that you can also receive guaranteed entry into, however the level of credit may vary depending on your choice of degree.

While there are entry requirements for these diplomas, if you don’t have an ATAR you could still gain entry based on other criteria like past study, work or vocational experience. See Admission Criteria on the UAC website for more information.

You’ll be supported through your study by the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre including access to academic learning support, counselling and peer support.

Apply Now - If you want to apply now, applications are open via UAC. There is an application fee from UAC.

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Eligibility

Admission into our diplomas is available to Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents who meet the selection requirements, age requirements and English language proficiency requirement for the University. The minimum standard for admission to a diploma is an IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you don’t have an ATAR you could still receive entry based on other criteria like past study, work or vocational experience. See Admission Criteria on the UAC website for more information.

Find your path to uni

Find your path to uni

We offer a range of free pathway programs designed to help you gain entry into an undergraduate degree and thrive while studying.

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