Academic Diploma and Associate Degree Progression

At Southern Cross University, one year diploma or two-year associate degrees with the SCU College or Schools lead to professional careers in accounting; business; information technology; tourism and hospitality; health; science; engineering; law and arts.

Southern Cross Diploma/Associate Degree paths provide:

  • the opportunity to learn in a well-supported environment;
  • immediate employment options;
  • a guaranteed place of study in a discipline related Southern Cross Bachelor Degree where minimum English language requirements are met;
  • maximum credit for prior learning; and
  • the option to achieve multiple nationally recognised qualifications in a reduced time frame, boosting your income potential.

View the Southern Cross Diploma and Associate Degree to Higher Degree Pathways PDF document for specific credit details by course.

Choose your electives carefully

There are a number of core units within the Diplomas and Associate Degrees, which provide the foundation skills to support successful university studies.

When selecting a stream or specialisation available in your Diploma or Associate Degree, please choose the elective units of study carefully. You should plan to study the units that are most appropriate for your immediate professional goals.

If you plan to transition (articulate) into higher level studies at Southern Cross University after completing your Diploma or Associate Degree, with maximum credit for your prior related learning, you should become familiar with the units of study in the higher degree and choose units of study that are common to both courses wherever possible.

Selection of elective units within an Associate Degree should occur with reference to the Course Progressions detailed online in the relevant Course Structure — (see Southern Cross Courses) and with assistance from your Course Coordinator.

For instance, if your are an international student studying the Diploma of Science the electives you would select within the Diploma to be able to progress, with maximum credits (advanced standing), into the Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Biology, will differ considerably from the electives you would select to progress, into the Bachelor of Science majoring in Engineering.

If your are a domestic student studying the Associate Degree of Science the electives you would select within the Associate Degree to be able to progress, with maximum credits (advanced standing), into the Bachelor of Science may differ from the electives you would select to progress into the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering.

Maximum credit for prior learning requires careful selection of units within the diploma or associate degree course structure.

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What do Diploma/Associate Degree students and graduates say?

Current students and graduates appreciate the skills and knowledge they learn and the employment advantage they have gained from completing a Diploma/Associate Degree pathway.

Sharni Bodna

Sharni Bodna says:

“I didn't want to go straight into a Bachelor degree after school. I knew I wanted to do something in allied health, but I didn't know which path to take. By studying the Associate Degree in Allied Health, I had the opportunity of transferring into a range of allied health Bachelor degrees the University had to offer. SCU College has a really supportive environment. It makes university a lot easier for first timers.”

Yixin Hu

Yixin Hu says:

“I was unable to begin my Bachelor's degree in Australia as I needed to improve on my English language in higher education. This is why I enrolled in the Diploma of Business to assist me with improving my academic skills. I learned a lot about business, which I didn't know before and my English is getting better and better. The Diploma has provided me with a good base for higher level study and the SCU College has a wonderful learning environment for international students. When I graduate I will be moving into the second year of the Bachelor or Business with 8 credits and just two years of study remaining.”