Career Start (Study Abroad)

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Sat, 4 December

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
N/A
Duration
35 weeks full-time
35 weeks full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Lismore
Start date
February, June, October
Course code
9509910
Course abbreviation
CareerStart
Credit points
48
Equivalent units
5
CRICOS
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Fees
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Non-tuition fee: $240

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

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

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

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Applicants for admission to candidature to the Career Start (Study Abroad) program must have an education qualification recognised as equivalent to having successfully completed Australian Year 12; and be a minimum of 18 years old at the start of the program.

Applicants must also have an assessable entry qualification from a country where English is the main language and where the medium of instruction for that qualification was English, or have completed an International English Language Test (or comparable test scores*) with:

  • a minimum overall score of 5.0 and a minimum score of 4.5 in each subtest (or comparable test scores*).
  • in order to successfully complete the core unit and progress to elective units students must complete ENGL1002 with SCU College Exit Test scores of 5.5 overall and a minimum score of 5.0 in each subtest.
* comparable scores include SCU College Placement Test scores, CPE, CAE and TOEFL PBT (see www.scu.edu.au/englishskills)
 

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score5.0
Reading4.5
Writing4.5
Listening4.5
Speaking4.5

About the course

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

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Science
  • Tourism and Hospitality.

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

Domestic students

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2, Session  3$13,340 ($2,668 per unit)096807M
LismoreSession  1, Session  2, Session  3$13,340 ($2,668 per unit)096807M
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

View domestic application details View international application details

Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

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Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.


Assessment methods

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.

Teaching methods

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.

Career opportunities

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.

Ask a question

Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To successfully complete the Career Start (Study Abroad), students must complete English for Academic Purposes and the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising:


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Complete the unit English for Academic Purposes in the commencing session before progressing through this program
ENGL1002English for Academic Purposes
Select one of the following Specialisations: Note 1

Specialisations

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Complete the following unit:
EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
Choose three units from the following:
MATH1003Quantitative Methods with Economics
COMM1001Communication in Organisations
ACCT1001Accounting and Finance for Business
MRKT1001Marketing Principles
MGMT1001Managing Organisations
COMM1005A Culture of Dialogue
COMM1004A Culture of Enquiry

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Complete the following unit:
EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
Choose three units from the following:
MATH1003Quantitative Methods with Economics
COMM1001Communication in Organisations
ECON1001Economics for Decision Making
TOUR1002Hospitality Services Management
MGMT1001Managing Organisations
TOUR1001Tourism Theories and Practices
COMM1005A Culture of Dialogue
COMM1004A Culture of Enquiry

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Complete the following unit:
EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
Choose three units from the following:
SCIN1001Nature of Science
ENVR1001Science and Global Challenges
CIVL1003Processes and Philosophy of Engineering
PHYS1003Physics
STAT1001Statistical Analysis
MATH1001Foundation Mathematics
MATH1003Quantitative Methods with Economics
COMM1005A Culture of Dialogue
COMM1004A Culture of Enquiry

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Complete the following unit:
EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
Choose three units from the following:
MATH1003Quantitative Methods with Economics
CLST2002Australia, Asia and the World
COMM1001Communication in Organisations
CLST1003Doing Cultural Studies
INDG1001Indigenous World-Views
ENVR1002Outdoor Education I
CLST1004Critical Thinking for Digital Times
COMM1005A Culture of Dialogue
COMM1004A Culture of Enquiry


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Year 1

Note 1
Complete the unit English for Academic Purposes in the commencing session before progressing through this program.
ENGL1002English for Academic Purposes
Session1,2,3
*
Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold CoastN/A
Session1,2,3
*
LismoreN/A
Session1,2,3
*

* This unit is normally offered in 5 week blocks throughout the year. Students may enrol in 1 to 50 weeks depending on their English language proficiency on entry and the level aimed for at completion.

Complete the following two units:
EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
Session1,2,3
Term1,3,5
Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Hayman Island - Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3,5
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Term1,3,5
N/A
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Term1
PerthN/A
Term1,3,5
SydneyN/A
Term1,3,5
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
MATH1003Quantitative Methods with Economics
Session1,2,3
Term1,3,5
Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Hayman Island - Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3,5
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Term3
PerthN/A
Term1,3,5
SydneyN/A
Term1,3,5
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Anti-requisitesCannot be taken if already completed or enrolled in MATH1001 - Foundation Mathematics
Choose two units from the following:
COMM1001Communication in Organisations
Session1
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
China - TUSTN/A
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3,5
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session1
PerthN/A
Term1,3,5
SydneyN/A
Term1,3,5
ACCT1001Accounting and Finance for Business
Session1,2
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
China - TUSTN/A
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3,5
Online
Term1
N/A
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session2
PerthN/A
Term1,3,5
SydneyN/A
Term1,3,5
Anti-requisitesACC00150 Using Financial Information AND ACC10249 Financial Information for Decision Making
MRKT1001Marketing Principles
Session1,2
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
China - TUSTN/A
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Term1
Online
Term1
Term1
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session2
PerthN/A
Term1
SydneyN/A
Term1
MGMT1001Managing Organisations
Session1
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Term2,4
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port Moresby
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Term2,4
SydneyN/A
Term2,4
Anti-requisitesMNG00111 Fundamentals of Management
COMM1005A Culture of Dialogue
Summer Term
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Summer Term
Term2,4
Summer Term
Term2,4
Online
Summer Term
Term2,4
Summer Term
Term2,4
COMM1004A Culture of Enquiry
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Year 1

Note 1
Complete the unit English for Academic Purposes in the commencing session before progressing through this program.
ENGL1002English for Academic Purposes
Session1,2,3
*
Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold CoastN/A
Session1,2,3
*
LismoreN/A
Session1,2,3
*

* This unit is normally offered in 5 week blocks throughout the year. Students may enrol in 1 to 50 weeks depending on their English language proficiency on entry and the level aimed for at completion.

Complete the following two units:
EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
Session1,2,3
Term1,3,5
Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Hayman Island - Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3,5
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Term1,3,5
N/A
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Term1
PerthN/A
Term1,3,5
SydneyN/A
Term1,3,5
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
MATH1003Quantitative Methods with Economics
Session1,2,3
Term1,3,5
Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Hayman Island - Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3,5
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Term3
PerthN/A
Term1,3,5
SydneyN/A
Term1,3,5
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Anti-requisitesCannot be taken if already completed or enrolled in MATH1001 - Foundation Mathematics
Choose two units from the following:
COMM1001Communication in Organisations
Session1
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
China - TUSTN/A
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3,5
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session1
PerthN/A
Term1,3,5
SydneyN/A
Term1,3,5
ECON1001Economics for Decision Making
Session1,2
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
China - TUSTN/A
Session1
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
MelbourneN/A
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
N/A
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port Moresby
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Term2,4
SydneyN/A
Term2,4
Anti-requisitesECO00101 Macroeconomics AND ECO00102 Applied Microeconomics
TOUR1002Hospitality Services Management
Session1,2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
MGMT1001Managing Organisations
Session1
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Term2,4
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port Moresby
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Term2,4
SydneyN/A
Term2,4
Anti-requisitesMNG00111 Fundamentals of Management
TOUR1001Tourism Theories and Practices
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Session2,3
Session2,3
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session2,3
Session2,3
Online
Session2,3
Session2,3
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session2,3
Session2,3
Anti-requisitesMNG10225 Introduction to Convention and Event Tourism
COMM1005A Culture of Dialogue
Summer Term
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Summer Term
Term2,4
Summer Term
Term2,4
Online
Summer Term
Term2,4
Summer Term
Term2,4
COMM1004A Culture of Enquiry
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Year 1

Note 1
Complete the unit English for Academic Purposes in the commencing session before progressing through this program.
ENGL1002English for Academic Purposes
Session1,2,3
*
Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold CoastN/A
Session1,2,3
*
LismoreN/A
Session1,2,3
*

* This unit is normally offered in 5 week blocks throughout the year. Students may enrol in 1 to 50 weeks depending on their English language proficiency on entry and the level aimed for at completion.

Complete the following unit:
EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
Session1,2,3
Term1,3,5
Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Hayman Island - Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3,5
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Term1,3,5
N/A
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Term1
PerthN/A
Term1,3,5
SydneyN/A
Term1,3,5
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Choose three units from the following:
SCIN1001Nature of Science
Term1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term1,3
Term1,3
Anti-requisitesCannot be taken if already completed or enrolling in HLTH1001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions.
SCIN1002Science in Society

Not currently available

CIVL1003Processes and Philosophy of Engineering
Term1,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1,4
Term1,4
Online
Term1,4
N/A
PHYS1001Physics and Materials

Not currently available

STAT1001Statistical Analysis
Session1
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
Lismore
Term2,4
Term2,4
MelbourneN/A
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
Term2,4
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session1
PerthN/A
Term2,4
SydneyN/A
Term2,4
Anti-requisitesMAT00115 Statistics I AND MAT00116 Statistics II
MATH1001Foundation Mathematics
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,3,5
N/A
Anti-requisitesCannot be taken if already completed or enrolling in MATH1003 - Quantitative Methods with Economics
MATH1003Quantitative Methods with Economics
Session1,2,3
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Hayman Island - Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3,5
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Term3
PerthN/A
Term1,3,5
SydneyN/A
Term1,3,5
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Anti-requisitesCannot be taken if already completed or enrolled in MATH1001 - Foundation Mathematics
COMM1005A Culture of Dialogue
Summer Term
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Summer Term
Term2,4
Summer Term
Term2,4
Online
Summer Term
Term2,4
Summer Term
Term2,4
COMM1004A Culture of Enquiry
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Year 1

Note 1
Complete the unit English for Academic Purposes in the commencing session before progressing through this program.
ENGL1002English for Academic Purposes
Session1,2,3
*
Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold CoastN/A
Session1,2,3
*
LismoreN/A
Session1,2,3
*

* This unit is normally offered in 5 week blocks throughout the year. Students may enrol in 1 to 50 weeks depending on their English language proficiency on entry and the level aimed for at completion.

Complete the following unit:
EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
Session1,2,3
Term1,3,5
Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Hayman Island - Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3,5
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Term1,3,5
N/A
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Term1
PerthN/A
Term1,3,5
SydneyN/A
Term1,3,5
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Choose three units from the following:
MATH1003Quantitative Methods with Economics
Session1,2,3
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Hayman Island - Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3,5
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Term3
PerthN/A
Term1,3,5
SydneyN/A
Term1,3,5
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Anti-requisitesCannot be taken if already completed or enrolled in MATH1001 - Foundation Mathematics
CLST2002Australia, Asia and the World
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
COMM1001Communication in Organisations
Session1
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
China - TUSTN/A
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3,5
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Session1
PerthN/A
Term1,3,5
SydneyN/A
Term1,3,5
CLST1003Doing Cultural Studies
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
INDG1001Indigenous World-Views
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
N/A
ENVR1002Outdoor Education I

Not currently available

CLST1004Critical Thinking for Digital Times
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
COMM1005A Culture of Dialogue
Summer Term
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Summer Term
Term2,4
Summer Term
Term2,4
Online
Summer Term
Term2,4
Summer Term
Term2,4
COMM1004A Culture of Enquiry
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5


Notes

Note 1: Students enrolling in the Arts, Business, Science, or Tourism and Hospitality Specialisations must select Language and Learning in Your Discipline.
Note 2: This is a core unit.

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