Diploma of Higher Education

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.

Enhance your future

Increase your opportunities

Take the next step

Be equipped for education

Develop your potential

Find your study strengths


  • Online: February, July
  • Townsville: February, July
  • Cairns: February, July

Business major is offered by trimesters: February, May and September.



+estimated annual Commonwealth Supported Fee

Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible


1 year full-time

or part-time equivalent

Entry Requirements


Business major - English (Units 3/4,C); all other majors - nil

Work experience/qualifications may be relevant if you do not meet the ATAR for this course.

QTAC Codes

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Course detail

Real stories

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    Rebecca Ottone

    Diploma of Higher Education

    I’m so happy that I went for the Diploma of Higher Education as it better prepared me for study. The lecturers and tutors have been so approachable, and the coursework has been designed to support your entry to academia. My peers were from a variety of backgrounds so everyone brought something to the table.

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    Andrew Samuel

    Diploma of Higher Education

    The diploma of higher education was challenging academically, but, as I have come to understand, deliberately so. My undergraduate degree has proven to be the most extraordinary and challenging pursuit of my life to date, and the diploma prepared me well for this environment.

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    Ayarat (Phoebe) Burke

    Diploma of Higher Education

    JCU’s Diploma of Higher Education prepared me for my first year of university. Without it, I would not know how to research, nor how to study at a tertiary level. Thanks to the diploma, I graduated from my Bachelor degree and am now working as a Media Designer for one of the largest tourism groups in Cairns.

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    Dr Rhian Morgan

    Diploma of Higher Education

    We’re focused on setting people up for success. Our subject coordinators are all teaching specialists and discipline experts, which means students get the best of both worlds. Our aim is to serve our region by empowering people to pursue their aspirations.