Diploma of Higher Education

Gain a solid foundation for university study as you build academic skills, confidence and knowledge. Take classes relevant to your study goals and get a taste of university life in this qualification designed to help you meet the entry requirements of your desired degree. Enter university prepared for success after this one-year course.

Fast-track your degree

Eligible courses can transfer credits to a JCU bachelor's degree

Ready for success

Gain the strategies, skills and qualification needed for university study

Develop your potential

Find your study strengths


Some majors may include compulsory on-campus attendance for online students.


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

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



+estimated annual Commonwealth Supported Fee for a full-time study load

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


1 year full-time

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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Real stories

  • Student of Diploma of Higher Education


    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.

  • Studied Diploma of Higher Education


    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.

  • JCU Alumni Phoebe Burke


    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.

  • Rhian Morgan lecturer Diploma of Higher Education


    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.