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Diploma in Science and Technology

Do you like technology and solving problems? Or do you just love learning about how the world works? In this one-year program, you’ll investigate the roles science and technology play in our everyday lives, and how data can be used to solve real-world challenges.

In this program you will:

  • Study core scientific fields like biology, chemistry and ecology, as well as ‘Big Idea’ modules that introduce you to the cutting edge of science, research and technology
  • Work in the lab and in the field to build skills in investigation, presenting data and critical analysis
  • Explore career options with elective courses in Environmental Science, general Science or Animal Ecology, then later complete a bachelor
  • Upon successful completion, receive direct entry and up to 96 units of credit* towards USC's Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Environmental Science or Bachelor of Animal Ecology.
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Location

Duration

1 year 1 year Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2022 fees ($AUD)

A$8,842 CSP
CSP

QTAC code

013181 014171

Start

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

Start
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total courses
8
Total units
96
Duration
1 year 1 year
UniSC program code
UC103
Program structure
College Courses (3)

UCC101 Academic and Professional Skills: Planning for Success
UCC102 ICT for Academic and Professional Applications
Plus one (1) course from:
UCC104 Chemistry - Enabling your Future
UCC109 Biology

Discipline Courses (5)

Plus choose 5 introductory discipline courses from the following:

ANM100 Animal Ecology Field Course
ANM102 Endangered Animals and their Conservation
ANM103 Animal Form, Function and Evolution
ANM104 Marine Vertebrates: Sharks, Seabirds, Fish, Turtles and Whales
ENS103 Earth's Surface Processes
LFS100 Cell Biology
MTH103 Introduction to Applied Mathematics
SCI102 Biodiversity and Ecology
SCI105 Introductory Chemistry
SCI110 Science Research Methods
SCI113 Discovering Science


Study sequences

This study sequence reflects the current program structure. Continuing students must follow their commencing structure, which can be found in the previous student handbooks.

Student profile

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Additional entry information

Applicants who have already completed a higher education qualification (AQF Level 5 and above, or equivalent), excluding VET sector diplomas, are not eligible for entry into this program.

Proficiency in the English language is required for entry to all programs and courses and any international or domestic applicant from a non-English speaking background must satisfy the University's standard and program specific English language requirements.

* Maximum credit is possible only if you select relevant discipline electives in the Diploma that are required courses in your preferred degree from the list above, with the exception of Bachelor of Animal Ecology, where maximum credit that can be awarded is only 84 units (7 courses) due to insufficient elective space for introductory level courses.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 96 units as outlined in the Program Structure

Program notes

  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
Inherent academic requirements

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to USC Pathways Diplomas - Inherent Academic Requirements

USC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.

What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

USC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at USC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a USC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

Career opportunities

  • Catchment management agencies
  • Education
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental monitoring and management
  • Industry/government
  • Parks and wildlife
  • Research
  • Resource management
  • Restoration and conservation
  • Waste and pollution control
  • Wildlife management and conservation organisations

Headstart Program - Year 11 or 12

The Headstart program lets you study uni subjects while you’re still in high school. If you successfully complete two Headstart courses, you’ll get a selection rank that you could use to get into uni.

Early Offer Guarantee scheme - Year 12

The Early Offer Guarantee scheme enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at USC on the basis of their Principal's recommendation.

Previous qualifications or experience

If you:

  • have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
  • have a TAFE/VET qualification
  • have relevant work experience, or
  • have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)

You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into uni. For more detailed information selection ranks and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete the Tertiary Preparation Pathway as a stepping stone into most degrees. You can also use TPP to complete subject prerequisites.

If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP is also a great way to brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing.

It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science or maths. TPP courses are fee-free for eligible domestic students.

I identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

You may be eligible for direct entry into a USC degree based on your potential to succeed, under USC’s Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). All you have to do is complete an online application through our website.

CSP estimate
A$8,842

Domestic applicants apply for admission through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Some applicants may be eligible to apply direct to USC if they meet certain criteria.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

QTAC code

Location QTAC code
Sunshine Coast 013181
Moreton Bay 014171
Complete in one year full-time
Flexible learning options
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Student story

“USC Lecturer in Biological Chemistry Dr Peter Brooks and Professor Nicholas Paul were key to my transition to pure science. I thoroughly enjoyed Dr Brooke’s analytical science and organic chemistry subjects."