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Diploma of Higher Education

Location
Townsville, Cairns
Commencing
February, July
Duration
1 year full time
Part-time available
Attendance mode
Internal, External
Entry Requirements
Business major - English (Maths B or Mathematical Methods desirable); all other majors - nil
QTAC Code
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Develop the necessary skills to become a successful university student. Begin your dream career with a recognised qualification and pathway to your preferred bachelor degree.

The JCU Diploma of Higher Education is a pathway into university if you don’t have the academic entry requirements for your preferred undergraduate course. It also provides an example of what university study will be like prior to enrolling in a full degree.

Some subjects completed as part of this diploma may be eligible for credit towards a subsequent JCU undergraduate degree.

Gain a one-year university qualification while opening up your pathway into many JCU Bachelor degrees. The Diploma of Higher Education is recognised as a stand-alone qualification designed for students who don’t meet the entry requirements of a Bachelor degree.

Study a variety of introductory and first-year degree subjects, designed to help you build on core knowledge and foster skills of academic enquiry. You will enrol in a specific study plan created to suit your chosen major. Benefit from support staff dedicated to students of this degree and the award-winning JCU Learning Centre.

Receive the foundational skills and knowledge to enter your target Bachelor degree course. Graduates who successfully complete JCU’s Diploma of Higher Education meet the entry requirements necessary to enter into many JCU Bachelor degrees.

JCU students may be eligible for advanced standing or credit for some of the subjects completed as part of the diploma.

View the handbook for more information and entry requirements for each major.

You will study a range of core subjects, plus choose one major. There are a wide variety of majors to choose from. Before you enrol in this degree, you must speak to a pathways team member to discuss your study plan.
Not all majors can be studied at all campuses.

Business

Gain skills and knowledge specifically related to the business sector. Study subjects core to the Bachelor of Business degree and prepare to enter business-related degrees upon graduation.

This major incorporates more business subjects than the Business Studies major and requires English and a Ranking as a prerequisite to study.

Business Studies

Gain the skills necessary to enter the JCU Bachelor of Business. Study core subjects that prepare you for university study and select from a variety of specialised business subjects.

Graduates can enter the Bachelor of Business or other equivalent business-related degrees.

Education

Build fundamental education skills and gain essential knowledge in science and maths, educational psychology and science and sustainability in education.

Choose from a wide variety of major and elective subjects to commence your teaching studies. You will graduate confident and prepared to begin an undergraduate education course.

Engineering and Applied Science

Benefit from JCU’s expert lecturers and explore a wide range of essential foundation subjects. Complete prerequisite subjects that are required for many JCU degrees and choose from a wide range of electives across JCU’s extensive engineering programs.

Graduates will gain technical knowledge in areas such as chemistry, process engineering, biological processes, programming, statistics and data analysis and physics.

General Studies

Develop the skills to analyse, synthesise and evaluate information and evidence drawn from a wide range of sources. Diversify your skillset and choose from the full range of elective subjects across the entire Diploma of Higher Education Program.

This major provides the flexibility to explore your interests while still providing a pathway into a JCU bachelor degree.

Health

Gain the basic skills and knowledge to succeed in a health-related JCU bachelor degree. Study the fundamentals of health-related subjects which could include  anatomy, physiology, chemistry, psychology, pharmacy and sport and exercise nutrition.

Choose from a wide range of elective subjects and tailor your study plan so you can articulate into your target degree.

Information Technology

Learn from world-class lecturers to develop knowledge in one of the fastest-growing industries in Australia. Gain essential knowledge in mathematics and choose from a wide selection of electives.

Benefit from the flexibility to select subjects that interest you, including design thinking, programming, problem solving and interactive media and web technologies.

Psychological Science

Only available at JCU’s Singapore campus, this major will prepare you to enter JCU’s Bachelor of Psychologial Science.

Explore the fundamentals of psychology through introductory core subjects. You will gain a basic understanding of psychological principals, critical thinking in psychology, counselling and mental health.

Science

Gain the knowledge and skills to progress towards a world-class JCU science degree. JCU students access cutting-edge facilities and learn the practical application of theoretical concepts in their chosen electives.

This major provides a pathway to an undergraduate science. Depending on your study plan, you will learn the fundamentals of science theory. Students complete the prerequisite maths and science subjects required for admission to many JCU degrees.

Social Work

Gain an insight into the world of social work. Build a fundamental understanding of human rights and social issues, human behaviour and the basics of psychology.

Select from a range of elective subjects to tailor your study plan. This major is a pathway to the Bachelor of Social Work or a social sciences degree.

Society and Culture

Explore contemporary social and cultural concepts including political science, Indigenous studies, innovation, and the making of place. You can choose from a range of subjects that will prepare you for a JCU undergraduate degree.

Graduates are equipped to apply their knowledge of diversity and interpersonal skills to communicate ideas, evaluate information and create solutions.

Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Major

Campus

QTAC codes 

Business

Cairns

Townsville

External

320011

310011

310019

Business Studies

Cairns

Townsville

320021

310021

Education

Cairns

Townsville

320091

310091

Engineering and Applied Science

Cairns

Townsville

320041

310041

General Studies

Cairns

Thursday Island

Townsville

320001

350001

310001

Health

Cairns

Thursday Island

Townsville

320061

350041

310061

Information Technology

Cairns

Townsville

320071

310071

Science

Cairns

Townsville

320031

310031

Social Work

Cairns

Townsville

320081

310081

Society and Culture

Cairns

Townsville

320051

310051

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Diploma of Higher Education

Handbook year

2019

Course code

113121

Course type

Diploma (AQF Level 5)

Division

Division of Student Life (Administered by Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement)

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course prerequisites

Business Major – English (Maths B desirable)

All other Majors – Nil

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

APPLICANTS OF NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING BACKGROUND

For the Business major1

International applicants of non-English speaking background must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

For the Health major

International applicants of non-English speaking background must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

For the Psychological Science major

International applicants of non-English speaking background must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

For all other majors

International applicants of non-English speaking background must meet the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • An overall IELTS score of 5.5 (with no component lower than 5.0)

Domestic applicants of non-English speaking background (all majors1)

Domestic applicants of non-English speaking background who do not have English 4SA must be able to demonstrate that they have the English language proficiency required to participate effectively in the course. This can be demonstrated by having achieved one or more of the following

  • 4 semesters of sound achievement or better in a senior secondary language rich subject (e.g. English Communication, History, Legal Studies, Business and Communication)
  • successfully completed a university preparation course
  • a satisfactory result in assessment of academic readiness2
  • a minimum of 0.25FTE at tertiary level with a passing GPA
  • STAT Test–score of 157 or better overall or 152 or better in the verbal sub-score
  • other achievement deemed equivalent by the Dean, Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement.

1the Business major has a course pre-requisite of English 4SA

2a new JCU tool which combines a personal competency assessment and an academic skills assessment

APPLICANTS OF ENGLISH SPEAKING BACKGROUND

All majors

Students of English speaking background are assumed to be proficient in the English language and are therefore not required to demonstrate English language proficiency.

Special admission requirements

Important: before you enrol you must speak with a Pathways team member to discuss your study plan.  Please call: Townsville campus 47815740 or Cairns campus 42321155 or email: pathways@jcu.edu.au

Additional selection
requirements

James Cook University appreciates that a student's performance in Year 12 studies may not always be a true indicator of their ability to succeed at university. Therefore JCU will consider a school principal’s recommendation of an applicant's potential for university study for admission to the Diploma of Higher Education.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education, students will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply theoretical and technical knowledge and concepts, with depth in some areas, in a discipline or broad field of learning

  • Identify, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information, claims and evidence from a range of sources

  • Communicate ideas, arguments and perspectives in a clear and logical way through English language proficiency and a range of media and technologies

  • Analyse, plan, design and evaluate solutions to problems by applying creativity, initiative and judgment and, where appropriate, numeracy skills

  • Demonstrate autonomy and responsibility in learning independently and managing personal development and future pathways

  • Apply knowledge of diversity and interpersonal and/or intercultural skills to work effectively in teams to complete a range of activities within broad parameters.

Course Structure

Course Structure – Business Major

OPTIONS

Select a major from Table 1

TABLE 1 (BUSINESS MAJOR)

Types of majors

Mandatory, Single

Credit points in major

24 credit points

Notes

Available for mid-year entry

Not available at all campuses

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Business

Townsville

Cairns

External

This is not a pathway program

Course Structure – All other majors

CORE SUBJECTS

CU1022:03 Developing Academic Skills

CS1022:03 Learning in a Digital Environment

OPTIONS

Select a major from Table 2

TABLE 2 (ALL OTHER MAJORS)

Types of majors

Mandatory, Single

Credit points in major

18 credit points

Notes

All majors are available for mid-year entry

Not all majors are available at all campuses

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Business Studies

Cairns

Singapore

Townsville

 

Education

Cairns

Townsville

 

Engineering and Applied Science

Cairns

Townsville

 

General Studies

Cairns

Thursday Island

Townsville




Delivery at Thursday Island will be in Limited Attendance mode

Health

Cairns

Thursday Island

Townsville


Delivery at Thursday Island will be in Limited Attendance mode

Information Technology

Cairns

Singapore

Townsville

 

Psychological Science

Singapore

 

Science

Cairns

Townsville

 

Social Work

Cairns

Townsville

 

Society and Culture

Cairns

Townsville

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Singapore

Business Studies, Information Technology and Psychological Science majors only
Thursday IslandHealth and General Studies majors only - delivered in Limited attendance mode

Townsville

 

External

Business major only

Candidature

Expected time to complete

One year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Other than with the approval of the Dean, Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement or authorised delegate, Diploma of Higher Education students majoring in Health, Business Studies, Society and Culture, Information Technology, Science, Engineering and Applied Science, or General Studies must enrol in the two core subjects either prior to or concurrently with other Diploma subjects.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment
requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation
requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Credit

Eligibility

Not eligible

Maximum allowed

Not applicable

Currency

Not applicable

Expiry

Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

DIPLOMA OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Approved abbreviation

DipHigherEd

Honours award

No

Inclusion of stream of study on testamur

The major will appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible to apply for entry into JCU bachelor degrees. Successful Diploma students may be granted credit for subjects successfully completed under this course towards a Bachelor degree.

Annual Tuition Fee: $8,368. (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is also payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a diploma or degree at JCU. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university. Contact us for more information.

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“If you’re thinking about it, I recommend applying straight away because it’s something you won’t regret. I didn’t know my own capabilities until I got through this diploma.”

Jade Yanner, JCU Diploma of Higher Education student