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Diploma of Higher Education

Location
Townsville, Cairns
Commencing
February, July
Duration
1 year full time
Attendance mode
Internal, External
Only the Business major is available externally (off-shore only) to international students
Entry Requirements
Business major - English (Maths B desirable); all other majors - nil
CRICOS code
082840C; 082841B
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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.
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Gain a firm foundation in the skills you need to advance your business career goals. With a Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Business from JCU, you will be ready to apply a broad array of knowledge and technical experience into a successful career.

Ready Today for Tomorrow

Study for a Diploma of Higher Education majoring in Business and earn the type of qualification employers want to see. Build competence in academic skills and be ready to enter the workforce or use your degree as a pathway to JCU’s Bachelor of Business. Start by learning the critical thinking skills you need to gather and analyse information. Develop academic literacy and critical analysis skills and prepare to make your own important contribution.

Build solid academic skills and gain confidence as you move successfully through your higher education courses. Become an independent learner while working in a team setting and collaborating with others to achieve goals.

Business Foundations

Be prepared for your bachelor degree studies or move directly into the workforce with a strong foundation in the principles and practices of business. Benefit from JCU’s professional connections as you study your Diploma of Higher Education majoring in Business in Queensland. Learn about the realities of business in the Tropics, and how business objectives and sustainability principals intersect.

Depending on your personalised study plan, you could gain an understanding of business law and how business communication works in the modern setting. Or, use your foundation accounting skills to contribute to advancing a company's economic situation. You’ll learn how to analyse information and use it to make data-driven choices.

Important Insight

Through your personalised study plan, you could go beyond the fundamentals of business to understand how to manage the customer service experience. Or, understand how brands and marketing affect customers directly and indirectly.

Depending on your target degree, you could master the fundamentals of marketing to become a valuable asset to employers. Know when to take advantage of opportunities, how to analyse data, and when to make changes to maximise marketing outreach. Understand the foundations of what makes an effective leader. Throughout the Diploma you learn how to interact with others, foster productive workplace relationships, and use emotional intelligence to achieve important workplace goals.

Flexible Study

Advance your career in your own time and in a way that meets your needs and goals. Choose all on-campus subjects and maximise your time spent with lecturers committed to student success. Study for a Diploma of Higher Education majoring in Business during your spare time using online resources and technologies to communicate with lecturers and classmates.

Take advantage of small class sizes to advance your education quickly and work one-on-one with mentors. Grow your professional network as you get to know peers and leaders in the business field. Take advantage of JCU's professional connections within the Australian business sector to enhance your employability.

A Bright Future With JCU's Diploma of Higher Education (Business)

Depending on your study plan, with your JCU Diploma of Higher Education majoring in Business you can work as a sales team leader, an operations manager, or supervisor of facilities. Forge your own path as a business owner or an entrepreneur. Use this Diploma as a standalone qualification or a pathway to JCU’s Bachelor of Business. Your world-class education begins here, at JCU.
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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.
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Prepare yourself for a bright future and a successful business career with a Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Business Studies (similar to a Diploma of Higher Education Business Studies) with JCU. Get ready for the next step with a qualification that advances your career or prepares you for a JCU Business degree.

Preparing for a Bachelor Degree

Enhance your employability or prepare for a Bachelor degree as you study for your Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Business Studies. Benefit from not needing any prerequisites to enter this major and use your personalised study plan as a pathway to enter an undergraduate degree.

Qualify for bachelor degree studies through your year of full-time study as you earn your Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Business Studies in Queensland. Find out if a university bachelor’s degree is for you or enter the business world with a standalone qualification.

Enhance Your Skills

Your diploma studies will enhance your academic and professional skills which you can apply to most careers. Learn how to take theoretical concepts and apply them in practical learning settings. Become a better researcher, with the ability to analyse and synthesise information, identifying which claims are legitimate and which demand more study.

Use your analysis skills to develop solutions to real problems, leveraging data and creativity to apply effective solutions. Become an autonomous learner and independent thinker. Learn how to work in groups, applying principles of effective teamwork to achieve goals and work successfully in an intercultural environment.

Foundation in Business

Prepare yourself for a business career with a solid foundation in business theories. Learn the foundations of business in rural, remote and urban areas. Depending on your study plan, you could learn about the interrelationship between corporations and environmental sustainability.

Understand business communication and what factors can influence effective communication. Master the basics of interpersonal communication skills and how to critically evaluate what others say and write. Become an effective communicator, able to persuade others of your position in an unbiased and professional style.

Work with the pathways team to create a study plan where you learn the foundations of business law. You could study the fundamentals of how Australian and international legal frameworks affect business development, reconciliation, contracts, and trade. Learn how the law protects consumers and intellectual property and how to apply core ethics to everyday business operations.

Choose Accounting or Economics

Develop a study plan that helps you gain an understanding of the importance of mathematics to business success through your Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Business Studies. You could investigate accounting principles and how they apply in smart business decisions.

Learn how to read and analyse business reports, annual reports, and regulatory documents. Master the foundations of economic principles that underline a sustainable business.

Take the Next Step to Your Diploma of Higher Education, Majoring in Business Studies

Your world-class education begins here, at JCU. Take the next step in your career, participate in classes with lecturers committed to student success and small class sizes.
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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.
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Take the first step towards university and successful career with the Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Engineering and Applied Science from JCU. Master the prerequisites you need to study an undergraduate degree in engineering and applied science and become valuable to future employers.

A Degree and a Job Is Important

Get the academic requirements and skills you need to start your university career in Engineering. Qualify for the JCU Engineering undergraduate degree through your study of this engineering Diploma of Higher Education.

Whether you didn’t get the OP or ATAR you want, you didn’t finish high school, or it’s been a long time since you have studied, the Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Engineering and Applied Science will bring you closer to your career goals.

Enjoy Robust Support

Work with the JCU pathways team to develop your personalised study plan and study under lecturers committed to student success. Enjoy the personalised support of the JCU pathways team as you develop your academic skills and ability to work within a digital learning environment.

Take advantage of small class sizes as you develop the academic abilities required for undergraduate study.

Prepare for University Studies

Get the foundation you need to be a successful university student. Become skilled in academic writing as you learn how to find, analyse, and evaluate data from research publications. Learn how to communicate your ideas logically and appropriately for academic settings.

Grow your skills as an independent learner so you are ready to work in a career that makes a difference. Develop your project management and time management skills and learn how to apply them in university studies.

Become a Master of Digital Learning

Learn how to work within the modern university environment as you experience how technological advances have changed the way we learn and teach. Become an expert in using the tools and technologies you need which will allow you to learn from anywhere.

Use computers, mobile devices, and other technologies to communicate with peers, respond to lecturers, and find the information you need to progress through your courses. Master the ethics of finding and using online information and how to apply those ethics wherever life takes you.

Jump Start Your Bachelor Studies

As you study for your engineering Diploma of Higher Education, you will get the academic foundation you need. You could also complete core, first-year subjects required to earn a Bachelor degree. Successful Diploma students may apply that credit to further studies or get advanced standing towards your target JCU degree.

Depending on your study plan, you could gain the maths foundation you need to interpret mathematical terminology and theories and apply them in your engineering career. Grow your skills as a problem solver as you develop the analytical skills you need to find solutions and make decisions. Understand the role of the various types of engineering and the basics of engineering as a discipline.

Challenge Yourself

Study an engineering Diploma of Higher Education in Queensland and progress towards success at JCU and beyond. Become a better communicator and analytical thinker. Apply your creativity and initiative effectively within the academic world. Take these skills with you into your bachelor studies and beyond as you enter the workforce.

Earn Your Diploma of Higher Education, Majoring in Engineering and Applied Science

You have what it takes to succeed in higher education. Get the training and support you need to enter the university world and jump-start your career.
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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.
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Prepare for flexible career opportunities with your Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in General Studies (similar to a Diploma of Higher Education General Studies) at JCU. Become ready to pursue a JCU bachelor's degree in most fields or use your qualification to advance your current career or move into another.

Ready today for tomorrow’s workplace

The global economy needs skilled people who can adapt to rapid changes. A degree and a job is important, and your higher education general studies diploma in Queensland will make you a valuable employee no matter what career you choose.

Jump-start your career development and develop your self-management skills through your diploma studies. Demonstrate your commitment to continued learning or prepare yourself for a successful university career, eventually graduating with a higher degree.

Experience the Incredible

Gain first-hand experience in a university setting as you study for a higher education general studies diploma. Enjoy a fully supported environment with access to the JCU Pathways team who can help and support you as you navigate university study.

Learn from lecturers committed to student success and benefit from small class sizes. Your world-class education begins here, at JCU, with a diploma that can stand as a qualification on its own or that you can use to move on to other studies.

Develop Your Skills

Practice the reading, analytical thinking, writing, and time-management skills that are crucial to academic success. Get ready to take part in research that matters as you learn how to find, analyse, and evaluate information. Grow as a communicator as you practice your written and oral communication skills. Learn cross-cultural skills that will benefit you in a multicultural workplace.

Become a confident independent learner and learn to apply your personal initiative in an academic setting. Develop teamwork skills to use in further research, higher education courses, or throughout your career. Master the technological and critical thinking skills you need to research problems and clearly communicate your findings.

Prepare for Further Study

Study a higher education general studies diploma and use your qualification to enter a JCU undergraduate degree. Fulfil university entry requirements through your diploma course and, depending on your personalised study plan, you may study some of the first-year subjects of a bachelor's degree. Choose from a flexible range of subjects based on your interests. Use your courses to determine your career path.

Explore your study plan options with the JCU Pathways team. You could prepare for a future in the sciences through essential courses in biological processes, ecology, and chemistry. Or pursue a digital career with courses in programming, internet fundamentals, design thinking, and maths. Choose to enhance your business credentials with courses in business communication, business and environment, and accounting.

Further Your Career

Whether you decide to study an undergraduate degree or choose an alternative path, prepare yourself for career success with a diploma qualification. Develop analytical thinking and communication competencies that employers value, and gain experience putting them all into practice.

Be Ready for the Jobs of the Future

Graduate with your Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in General Studies from JCU and invest in a brighter future, whichever career path you choose.
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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.
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Prepare to make a difference in the world with your Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Health from James Cook University. Get the skills you need to be successful in university and use your degree to fulfil the academic requirements to study a bachelor's degree.

Transition to health studies with JCU

You are passionate about helping people and want to explore your interests in health care. Use Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Health, as your pathway to university studies. Boost your confidence as you gain experience in a university setting and benefit from personalised support from the JCU pathways team.

Your world-class education begins here, at JCU, as you develop the academic and technological skills you need to succeed. Build your writing skills to thrive in an academic environment. Hone your oral communication skills to better collaborate with peers, lecturers, and colleagues. Be prepared to take part in research that makes a difference as you develop the foundation you need to find and analyse data effectively.

Maximise your learning potential as you learn how to access online materials, plan and carry out academic tasks, and manage your time and priorities efficiently.

Prepare for a Degree

Work with the JCU pathways team to develop a study plan that prepares you for your desired degree. Master the essential maths foundation you need to enter a health degree. Depending on your study plan, you could ground yourself in the key biological and chemical concepts you need to study advanced anatomy and physiology. You may be able to receive credit towards a Bachelor degree for the core subjects that you study in your Diploma.

Ready to Make a Difference

The JCU Pathways team will help you in choosing electives that prepare you for the future career path that you want. You could choose a study pathway to prepare for a future in nursing or midwifery as you learn about Australia's health challenges. Throughout your Diploma, you could understand how to identify the social and cultural barriers to effective therapy and learn to overcome them. Learn the fundamentals of identifying the implications human rights and social justice have for health professionals. Understand the basics of exploring effective responses to patients who may be economically or socially disadvantaged.

You might decide to work towards a career in counselling or psychology as you learn how to the human brain works and how we translate perception into reality. Learn essential scientific concepts and how to integrate science and technology effectively. You could choose to gain a firm foundation in important core science subjects like chemistry, biology, and physics to be prepared for future bachelor studies.

A World-Class Education

You don't have to go far to get a world-class education. Your Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Health from JCU is the perfect way to prepare for a future in the world of healthcare. Improve your opportunities with a diploma qualification that will enhance your skills and your employability.
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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.
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Advance your knowledge in technology and prepare for a career with a Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Information Technology (similar to a Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT) from James Cook University. Enhance your employability and be ready for the jobs of the future with a diploma qualification.

Experience Life at University

You might need qualifications to meet Bachelor degree entry requirements or you might want to experience what university life is like before committing to a full degree. Studying a computing and information technology Diploma of Higher Education in Queensland will help you prepare for a successful future at university.

Fulfil the entry requirements you need to qualify for a bachelor's degree program. Decide whether university life is right for you as you work with lecturers committed to student success. Develop your study skills and prepare for the next step through courses with small class sizes. Experience has no substitute: find out what it is like to explore the world of information technology and study at JCU.

Develop a Strong Skillset

Succeed in the university environment as you master the critical thinking skills you need to pursue your education. Practice researching, analysing, evaluating, and presenting data in an academic setting. Learn how to plan and direct your own successful learning and apply knowledge in practical ways.

Become an effective communicator, develop and express your point of view and evaluate the arguments of others. Build respect for other cultures and viewpoints as you learn teamwork and cross-cultural communication skills. Develop the autonomy and independent learning skills you need for a successful academic career.

Choose a Direction that Motivates you

Work with JCU's Pathways team to choose subjects that prepare you for your bachelor studies. Learn the fundamentals of Information Technology as you study your computing and IT Diploma of Higher Education.

Depending on your study plan, you could prepare for a future in business and IT by mastering communication as a key business tool. Learn how to evaluate how information is communicated in professional settings and gain insight into how this could be improved. Master the professional communication style you need to establish credibility in the business world.

You could fast-track your programming career with your chosen study plan as you earn your computing and information technology higher education diploma. Master the basics of problem solving, programming, and internet fundamentals. Learn how to plan out design solutions and work in a team, collaborating to solve problems and find innovative solutions.

Improve Your Career Prospects

Finish your computing and IT higher education diploma in Queensland and use it anywhere your career takes you. Become job-ready, with practical skills and a qualification that builds your employability skills.

Stand out among your peers with a diploma that demonstrates your commitment to learning and your ability to problem solve. Study part-time and get the qualification you need in a time frame that fits your goals.

A World-Class Education

You don't have to go far. Earn your Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Information Technology at James Cook University and be ready for the challenges of tomorrow's technological advancements.
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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.
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You have the drive to excel at university, but not the qualifications for entry. With a Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Science (similar to a Diploma of Higher Education Science) from James Cook University, you can fulfil the qualifications you need to move on to an undergraduate university degree.

Experience the Incredible

Find out what university life is like as you study for your higher education science diploma. Work with lecturers committed to student success. Take advantage of the personalised support of the JCU pathways team and the additional support and benefits provided to all JCU students.

Decide if a full degree is right for you while earning a standalone qualification that will give you an advantage in your current career. Achieve your academic goals and use your diploma qualification as a springboard into further study or a foundation for career success.

Start your studies in Science with JCU and explore unrivalled research locations with access to some of the most diverse locations in the world. Study in state-of-the-art laboratories and learn from lecturers who are leaders in their fields.

Build your Academic Skillset

Gain the skills you need to successfully start your university studies. Learn how to find data and analyse it effectively. Comprehend basic theoretical knowledge and understand its practical applications. Become adept at problem-solving and finding innovative solutions that change outcomes for the better.

Learn how to manage your time effectively as you plan your study and assignment deadlines. Work with people from other cultural backgrounds and expand your horizons as you develop your intercultural skills.

Understand the impact of academic bias and begin to learn how to develop cohesive arguments and gain experience in expressing them to others while understanding another point of view. Start your journey of becoming a more flexible and analytical thinker, ready to succeed at university and in a career.

Prepare for a Degree

Work with the JCU Pathways team to choose courses that get you ready for your target degree program. Gain the essential maths and science foundations you need to pursue a science degree. As you study your Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Science, select subjects that will apply to your bachelor's degree program or give you a strong foundation for future studies.

Learn the fundamentals of problem-solving as you develop your analytical skills and decision-making competence. Depending on your study plan, you could apply your skills to algorithm design and basic programming. Prepare yourself to make a difference in how we manage the environment by studying how human interactions affect the natural world.

Appreciate the role of science in society and cultural development, and understand how it can affect our future. Learn about marginalised people and the role of scientific development in accomplishing social justice goals and economic equality.

Start a Successful Career

Gain an advantage in your profession through your Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Science in Queensland. Use your recognised qualification to progress your current career or open up other opportunities.

Demonstrate to employers you have the drive to continuously learn and the character to follow through on your commitments. Build your skillset with a diploma qualification from James Cook University.

Experience Has No Substitute

Experience the incredible through your science Diploma of Higher Education in Queensland. Improve your employability or take the first step towards a bachelor's degree in the sciences. Indulge your curiosity about the world we live in, develop your skills, and start your scientific journey.
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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.
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Prepare yourself for the next step in your studies, or in your career, with a Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Society and Culture (similar to a Diploma of Society and Culture, Higher Education) from JCU. Graduate with a respected qualification from a leading educational institution or enter into your bachelor's degree studies at James Cook University.

Challenge Yourself

Become qualified to start your undergraduate degree studies and experience university life as you study your society and culture higher education diploma. Develop your study skills and critical thinking abilities as you benefit from the personalised support of the JCU Pathways team. You’ll also experience the full support system available to all JCU students and study under lecturers committed to student success.

Prepare yourself for university by working with the JCU Pathways team to select a study plan that suits you. You could choose from essential courses in maths, science, writing or speaking. Experience university life, advance in your current career or make yourself more valuable to employers as you look towards a new job.

World-Class Education

Your world-class education begins here, as you study in small class sizes and master the foundational skills for a successful academic career. Become an effective writer able to express your ideas in an academic setting. Maximise your learning potential as you become adept at studying in lecture settings, through online portals, and in tutorials.

Learn to manage your time as you plan your study and meet assignment deadlines. Build on your desire to succeed and become an independent, self-directed learner. Prepare for academic studies as you practice researching information and using it to build effective arguments and make insightful evaluations.

Ready Today, for Tomorrow

Prepare for your target degree through your society and culture Diploma of Higher Education in Queensland. Work with the JCU Pathways team to select subjects that you could receive credit for when you start your bachelor degree studies.

Depending on your study plan, you could learn how politics affect our world and the role of co-operation, conflict and communication in Australian politics and world systems. Appreciate the unique role of Australia in the world and the diverse backgrounds and stories that make up the Australian identity. Explore how human rights and social justice interact, how advocacy helps, and the key global issues surrounding social change.

Be Ready for the Jobs of the Future

A degree and a job is important, and your society and culture higher education diploma will prepare you for both. Show employers that you are invested in your own future and have the drive to meet challenges. Improve your job application with a recognised qualification that will help you stand out from your peers.

Further your employability skills and create a study plan that will help you deepen your grasp of sociology and psychology and improve your ability to work with others. You could gain an understanding of the history and current situation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Improve your skills as an advocate for change and become a more effective participant in society.

Earn Your Diploma of Higher Education, Majoring in Society and Culture

Invest in your own future and prepare to further your career or enter an undergraduate degree at JCU. Talk with a JCU Pathways representative today to find out how a society and culture Diploma of Higher Education can set you on the path to success.
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What you need to know before you apply

Certified copies of supporting documents

You must supply the following information with your application:

  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to internationaladmissions@jcu.edu.au. If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:

James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.

Entry requirements

You must also meet minimum academic and language requirements for this course.

Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.

If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.

How to apply

Gather electronic copies of your documentation.

Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.

Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.

Ready to apply? Apply now.

Help with your application

If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at enquiries@jcu.edu.au or phone: +61 7 4781 5601

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Diploma of Higher Education

Handbook year

2020

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 mixed attendance mode

Health

Cairns

Thursday Island

Townsville


Delivery at Thursday Island will be in mixed 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 Island

Health and General Studies majors only - delivered in mixed 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: AUD$28,900 (Estimate only)

Courses are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.

A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international student.

JCU offers pathway study options if you don't meet the academic of English language requirements for direct entry into your preferred JCU degree, or if you want to enhance your career prospects. 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