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Course summary

Career Start is just as it sounds – the beginning of your future. We'll help you refine your English language and academic skills, setting you on the path to study in Australia and to achieving your career dream.

Whether you choose the cool, green surroundings of the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, or the beachside buzz of the Gold Coast, our campuses are stunning locations for your studies.

Career Start begins with 10 weeks of English followed by four units of academic study aligned to your chosen field. This can be business, nursing and allied health, tourism and hospitality, science or the arts.

This course is offered by SCU College which works with you and for you along the way, offering support through College Connect and additional workshops to develop your academic and study skills.

Successful completion of Career Start makes you eligible for credit into our Diploma of Business or Diploma of Science


Gold Coast streams Starts
Arts 23 November 2020
Business 23 November 2020, 29 March 2021, 2 August 2021
Tourism and Hospitality 23 November 2020, 29 March 2021, 2 August 2021
Science 23 November 2020
Lismore streams Starts
Arts 23 November 2020, 29 March 2021
Business 23 November 2020, 29 March 2021
Tourism and Hospitality 23 November 2020, 29 March 2021
Science 23 November 2020



35wks F

Gold Coast1, 2, 3
Lismore1, 2, 3

Streams available in this course for students to choose from include:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Science
  • Tourism and Hospitality.

Please note: For Nursing and Allied Health in 2021, please contact SCU International.

Assessment tasks vary from unit to unit and can include essays, reports, audio or video presentations, class participation, individual and group work, online quizzes, case analysis, and examinations. Assessment items are in accordance with learning outcomes, and designed to ensure that all the graduate attributes are assessed throughout a course. The performance criteria, grading standards and due dates for assessment tasks are included in each Unit Information Guide. Students receive timely feedback on their assessment submissions.

During the English language component, the focus is on in-class intensive English language development.

During the undergraduate units, on-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Students in the EAP component will comply with ESOS standards for such programs in terms of attendance.

This is a pathway course for study abroad students.

Students who successfully complete the Career Start (Study Abroad) course may receive up to four units of credit towards the Diploma of Business or the Diploma of Science.


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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'