Certificate of Higher Education

100% Online | Start date: 27 July | Fee: from $1,250

What will you achieve?

This Undergraduate Certificate is designed for students returning to study to prepare for a career change. The core subjects get you ready to study online at university level by improving your digital, writing and research skills. At the same time explore your passions and plan your next career move by choosing your study area of interest.

Students who need to complete prerequisite subjects for their chosen bachelor degree will have the opportunity to enrol in these discipline-based subjects.

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What will you learn?

Four subjects

Complete two core subjects:

  • Developing Academic Skills, and
  • Learning in a Digital Environment.

Then choose two subjects from your discipline (study area):

  • Allied Health
  • Education
  • Engineering and Applied Science
  • Information Technology
  • Nursing
  • Science
  • Society and Culture (Languages)

See below for more information.

Entry requirements

Minimum English language proficiency requirements apply.

JCU has a responsibility to ensure that any student enrolling in a JCU course has the skills required to complete the course. A no obligation online assessment is available which offers the opportunity to assess your readiness for academic study. Click here to find out more.

Subsidised courses are available to workers displaced by the COVID-19 crisis, who are new students to JCU. If you do not meet the criteria for Government subsidised fees, you may be eligible for support through a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) and a HECS-HELP loan. Find out more.

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Choose your discipline

Choose two subjects from your discipline area:

  • Health and Health Care in Australia
  • Preparatory Chemistry
  • Preparatory Mathematics
  • Essential Maths

Students who successfully complete this course and satisfy prerequisites are eligible for entry to the Diploma of Higher Education and other JCU undergraduate qualifications including:

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).

Please note: This website is intended as a general guide for domestic students only. Prospective students should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses.


Choose two subjects from your discipline area:

  • Bridging Science for Teachers
  • Educational Psychology: Learners and Learning or Technologies for Primary School
  • Essential Maths
  • Science and Sustainability in Education

Students who successfully complete this course and satisfy prerequisites are eligible for entry to the Diploma of Higher Education and other JCU undergraduate qualifications including:

  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary).

Please note: This website is intended as a general guide for domestic students only. Prospective students should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses.


Choose two subjects from your discipline area:

  • Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming I
  • Mathematical Foundations
  • Preparatory Mathematics
  • Programming II

Students who successfully complete this course and satisfy prerequisites are eligible for entry to the Diploma of Higher Education and other JCU undergraduate qualifications including:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Bachelor of Science.

Please note: This website is intended as a general guide for domestic students only. Prospective students should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses.


Choose two subjects from your discipline area:

  • Design Thinking
  • Essential Maths
  • Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming I
  • Internet Fundamentals
  • Mathematical Foundations
  • Preparatory Mathematics
  • Programming II

Students who successfully complete this course and satisfy prerequisites are eligible for entry to the Diploma of Higher Education and other JCU undergraduate qualifications including:

  • Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Business

Please note: This website is intended as a general guide for domestic students only. Prospective students should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses.


Choose two subjects from your discipline area:

  • Health and Health Care in Australia
  • Preparatory Chemistry
  • Preparatory Mathematics

Students who successfully complete this course and satisfy prerequisites are eligible for entry to the Diploma of Higher Education and other JCU undergraduate qualifications including the Bachelor of Nursing Science [Pre-Registration].

Please note: This website is intended as a general guide for domestic students only. Prospective students should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses.


Choose two subjects from your discipline area:

  • Essential Maths
  • Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming I
  • Mathematical Foundations
  • Modelling Natural Systems
  • Preparatory Chemistry
  • Preparatory Mathematics
  • Programming II

Students who successfully complete this course and satisfy prerequisites are eligible for entry to the Diploma of Higher Education and other JCU undergraduate qualifications including the Bachelor of Science.

Please note: This website is intended as a general guide for domestic students only. Prospective students should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses.


Choose two subjects from your discipline area:

  • Foundation French 1
  • Foundation French 2
  • Foundation German 2
  • Foundation Italian 2
  • Foundation Japanese 2
  • Basic Japanese 1
  • Basic Japanese 2
  • Great Books

Students who successfully complete this course and satisfy prerequisites are eligible for entry to the Diploma of Higher Education and other JCU undergraduate qualifications including the Bachelor of Arts.

Please note: This website is intended as a general guide for domestic students only. Prospective students should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses.


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Certificate of Higher Education.

Why study online with JCU?

Experience a vibrant learning culture where you’ll develop digital literacy skills, explore tools and technologies for learning and research, and take part in experiential learning activities. Develop the necessary knowledge to use information communication technologies that are integral to learning and success at university and your future career.

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