- Townsville: March, July
1 year, 2 months full-time
Successful completion of a course of study equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Certificate
Learn core skills in mathematics, natural systems, biodiversity and earth science. Apply methods and technologies from a broad range of cognitive and technical skills to analyse, solve and communicate information about complex problems.
This course is a pathway for international students to study the Bachelor of Science at JCU. View the Handbook for detailed overview of available subjects.
Pursue your passion for knowledge and research with JCU’s Diploma of Science (Pathway). You will gain foundational skills in a variety of science areas.
Graduates of JCU’s Diploma of Science (Pathway) can progress directly into the second year of a JCU Bachelor of Science. Depending on your area of specialisation in your Bachelor degree, you could work in a variety of specialist science fields including aquaculture, fisheries management, zoology, mining, or biotechnology.
This course is a pathway to the Bachelor of Science majoring in Aquaculture Science and Technology, Earth Science, Marine Biology, or Zoology and Ecology provided you meet the relevant English Language entry requirement.
This course is available to international students only.
Diploma of Science [Pathway]
Diploma (AQF Level 5)
Tropical Environments and Societies
Course Entry Requirements
Guaranteed entry where applicants have obtained a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) or passes in at least 3 academic subjects from Year 12 or equivalent; or
Satisfactory completion of the JCU Foundation Program (Science/Engineering) with a minimum GPA of 4.00
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band P – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
27 credit points as per course structure
Minimum overall attendance level of 80% across all scheduled activities for the duration of the Diploma, including any support classes such as English language development. Students failing to maintain the required attendance will need to undertake additional requirements prior to graduating from the Diploma.
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Diploma of Science at James Cook University, graduates will be able to:
MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics
SC1101:03 Science, Technology and Truth
SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems
BS1007:03 Introduction to Biodiversity
BS1001:03 Introduction to Biological Processes
EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth
EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change
Select either English for Academic Purposes Level 3 or 4
English for Academic Purposes Level 3
LS0331:01 English for Academic Purposes Level 3a
LS0332:01 English for Academic Purposes Level 3b
LS0333:01 English for Academic Purposes Level 3c
English for Academic Purposes Level 4
LS0441:01 English for Academic Purposes Level 4a
LS0442:01 English for Academic Purposes Level 4b
LS0443:01 English for Academic Purposes Level 4c
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
One year full-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Course includes mandatory Fieldwork
Maximum allowed Pass
Supplementary exam for
Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
12 credit points
Credit will be granted only for subjects completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 7 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
DIPLOMA OF SCIENCE
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Exit with lesser award
Students who are awarded the JCU Diploma of Science are eligible for entry into the JCU Bachelor of Science majoring in: Aquaculture Science and Technology; Earth Science; Marine Biology; and Zoology and Ecology provided they also meet the relevant English Language entry requirement. Applicants meeting the entry requirements for the JCU Bachelor of Science will receive credit for all subjects successfully completed in this Diploma.
Successful Diploma students may alternatively be granted credit for subjects successfully completed under this course towards any other Bachelor degree for which they satisfy the entry requirements.
Estimated annual tuition fee: $AUD29,200.00
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 students.
International student - Sri Lanka
Diploma of Science
After completing my diploma, I hope to pursue a Bachelor of Science and a postgraduate science degree at JCU, focusing on environmental science. My goal is for a career in wildlife conservation. The academic staff at JCU are very friendly and responsive. The JCU International Student Support team are also amazing.
Diploma of Science graduate, now studying a JCU Bachelor of Science
I selected JCU because it’s one of the best universities in Australia. I have received a lot of great support from the staff at JCU, which is helping me towards my goal of working in the health industry.
Director and Principal JCU College
At JCU College, every student's needs are important. Classes are small and staff are committed to student success. We provide a highly supportive learning environment to ensure students meet our high expectations. The JCU College team is energetic and will work with you to achieve your study goals.