"I was nervous at the start and may not have completed my Bachelor degree without the tools and confidence I received during the SCU College courses."

Victoria Suzuki

Diploma of Business graduate, Bachelor of Information Technology graduate
Junior Developer, Coding Labs

Get set for your degree with a diploma

SCU College has a variety of diplomas that provide a pathway into a university degree. If you do not have a suitable qualification for direct entry into a specialist degree program, or if you want to study university one step at a time, talk to our team about finding the perfect diploma for you.

Diplomas provide direct entry

into the 2nd year of a range of bachelor courses with students able to receive up to full advanced standing into those linked bachelor pathways.

Get a qualification while you study

Complete a diploma and you can receive a university award in your own right. This can help secure a job in your discipline while continuing studying.

Additional support through College Connect

Diploma students have additional support, which includes weekly one-hour workshops and a Blackboard learning site with resources for online students.

For all students, on-campus and online

Diplomas are for both international and domestic students, with domestic students having online and on-campus study options.

We offer a range of diplomas to help make sure you start your university journey in the field you are passionate about while gaining credit towards your future Southern Cross University bachelor degree.

When you choose to study a pathway diploma at SCU College you will be supported every step of the way by the College Connect initiative. You will also receive significant credit (advanced standing) into the specialist bachelor degree you are aiming for, based on the units you successfully complete in your SCU College degree. The diploma pathway is the beginning of your professional career.

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Frequently asked questions

A diploma is one year full-time or 8 units. Graduates can receive up to 8 units of credit towards a bachelor degree.

Each diploma starts with introductory units which develop the skills vital to your future success. These normally include units about:

  • Language and learning related to your discipline
  • An introduction to your broad discipline.

These foundational units are followed by degree-level units from the linked bachelor degrees. SCU College continues its support while you are studying these units. For details of specific units, click on the courses listed above and look for 'Course Structure'.

Diplomas open access to a world of careers and professions - including occupational therapy, speech pathology, podiatry, nursing, education, engineering, science, business, tourism, social work, creative arts and cultural studies. Some will provide you with the qualifications for employment in their own right, while others will allow you to access professions you may not have thought possible.

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Get connected with College Connect

If you want to succeed in your studies, develop your academic skills, and meet other students from your units, then come along to the weekly College Connect workshops!

College Connect will help you to improve your learning skills, access support services, and meet other students.

The free College Connect academic support workshops focus on helping you develop your skills and build a stronger connection with your university. And the best part? College Connect workshops are free to all students enrolled in our diplomas, Career Start, and Postgraduate Qualifying and Undergraduate Qualifying programs.

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Contact SCU College

Dean, SCU College - Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic Quality)

T: +61 7 5589 3366

E: colldirector@scu.edu.au

Assistant to Dean, SCU College

T: +61 7 5589 3360

E: emily.pather@scu.edu.au