If you don't meet the engineering course ATAR cut off score, you may also find a pathway to university through the Diploma of Higher Education. You can earn this recognised qualification in one year of full-time study, or, if you need to continue working, in two years of part-time studies.
Your diploma studies will give you the skills you need to succeed in higher education. When you choose to major in Engineering and Applied Science, you could gain credit in up to four subjects for your Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) course, or potentially earn an advanced standing.
Why Consider the Diploma
Through your diploma course, you will prove to yourself and others that you have the skills and drive to succeed at university. During your diploma studies, you will have access to JCU's engineering experts and lecturers committed to student success. You will also have all the support available to any uni student as you build a core set of skills and gain the prerequisites needed to enter a bachelor degree program.
Your diploma studies include subjects designed to build your academic skills and prepare you for the rigorous studies you'll take part in as you pursue your world-class education at JCU. Develop your ability to read critically, write accurately, and manage your time in a busy university context. Understand how to maximise your learning potential through lectures, online materials, and tutorials. Your core studies will also set you up for success as a self-directed and independent learner.
As you prepare for your higher education studies, you'll learn to find and evaluate data, judge the validity of claims and evidence, and make data-based decisions in response to your research. You'll also master the key communication skills you need to interact with peers and other professionals to communicate your ideas clearly and logically.
Be ready today for tomorrow by developing skills needed to use advanced technology to use in a progressively digital environment.
A Focus on Engineering
Your Diploma of Higher Education allows you to choose an engineering major even if you did not meet the engineering course ATAR cut off score. You’ll work with the JCU Pathways team to develop a personalised study plan. In the Engineering major, you'll focus on essential maths and choose other engineering and science subjects that appeal to you and will help you succeed in your bachelor studies.
Learn about the engineer as a problem-solver, applying established engineering methods to design efficient solutions that promote sustainability. Apply your knowledge of the systematic approaches of engineering to design and application. Learn about computers and sensors and access cutting-edge engineering software.
You may also choose to consider how environmental management and ecological processes apply in the field of engineering and start on a career path to help the world solve key climate issues. Or, your courses could lead you to further education and the chance to educate others, preparing the next generation of engineers to solve the key problems of their future.