Diploma of Arts and Social Sciences

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 2:39 PM on Wed, 7 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR/OP
N/A
Duration
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
1 year full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Lismore, Online
Start date
March, July
Course code
2125300
Course abbreviation
DipArts&SS
Credit points
96
Equivalent units
8
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

Looking for a career in the humanities and a pathway to a Bachelor Degree in arts, media, social sciences, welfare, social work or education? 

The one-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) Diploma of Arts and Social Sciences gives you the opportunity to develop academic skills while focusing on either education, arts, community welfare, social work, digital media or social sciences through the choice of a specialisation.  

Successful completion of the Diploma will guarantee you entry and up to eight units of credit towards a Southern Cross University Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Digital Media, Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Social Work or the Bachelor of Community Welfare.

The Diploma of Arts and Social Sciences is offered through SCU College, where we understand that learners have diverse experiences and ways of learning. The College connects you to your peers and supports your study success through additional workshops to assist with academic and study skills.

Looking for a career in the humanities and a pathway to a Bachelor Degree in arts, media, social sciences, welfare, social work or education? 

The one-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) Diploma of Arts and Social Sciences gives you the opportunity to develop academic skills while focusing on either education, arts, community welfare, social work, digital media or social sciences through the choice of a specialisation.  

Successful completion of the Diploma will guarantee you entry and up to eight units of credit towards a Southern Cross University Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Digital Media, Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Social Work or the Bachelor of Community Welfare.

The Diploma of Arts and Social Sciences is offered through SCU College, where we understand that learners have diverse experiences and ways of learning. The College connects you to your peers and supports your study success through additional workshops to assist with academic and study skills.

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 Diploma of Arts and Social Sciences must 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 5.5 and a minimum score of 5.0 in each subtest (or comparable test scores*), except for writing with a minimum score of 5.5.

* comparable scores include SCU College Placement Test scores, CPE, CAE and TOEFL PBT (see www.scu.edu.au/englishskills)

Education Specialisation 

A pathway into the Bachelors of Arts/Bachelor of Education degrees is available for students with an English language score comparable to Academic IELTS 7.0, with no band less than 6.5. Graduates of the course in the Education Specialisation who have an Academic IELTS 7.5, with no band less than 7.0, qualify for direct entry into the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education degree at Southern Cross University. Up to 8 units of advanced standing is included in this pathway.

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 Score5.5
Reading5.0
Writing5.5
Listening5.0
Speaking5.0

About the course

Students complete core units and choose a specialisation in one of the following areas:

  • Arts
  • Community Welfare*
  • Digital Media
  • Education
  • Social Sciences.

 *Students seeking a pathway into Social Work should complete the Community Welfare specialisation.

Domestic students

LocationSession
Gold Coast1, 2
Lismore1, 2
Online1, 2

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold Coast1, 2$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)102590B
Lismore1, 2$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)102590B
 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.

Australian/Domestic students

Gold Coast
Session 2 July 2021
Lismore
Session 2 July 2021
Online
Session 2 July 2021

International students studying in Australia

Gold Coast
Session 2 June 2021
Lismore
Session 2 June 2021
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

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

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.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Exercise critical judgment and creative thinking to identify problems and contribute to their solutions in defined education, arts, community welfare, social science, and digital media settings.

Creativity

Exercise critical judgment and creative thinking to identify problems and contribute to their solutions in defined education, arts, community welfare, social science, and digital media settings.

Ethical practice

Apply ethical and sustainable values and practices within defined education, arts, community welfare, social science, and digital media settings.

Knowledge of a discipline

Apply theoretical, technical knowledge and skills within defined contexts within the fields of education, arts, community welfare, social science, and digital media.

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and work in defined education, arts, community welfare, social science, and digital media contexts.

Communication and social skills

Communicate information, concepts, and solutions, individually and/or in a team within defined education, arts, community welfare, social science, and digital media contexts.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate an awareness of diverse cultural perspectives within defined education, arts, community welfare, social science, and digital media contexts.


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 analyses, and examinations. Assessment items are in accordance with learning outcomes and designed to ensure that all the graduate attributes are assessed throughout the 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

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

Graduates are well prepared for entry-level roles in a range of industries including administrative support and advocacy; professional services in education; positions in advertising, media and communications such as a social media intern or media officer; in arts and cultural organisations; as community workers, support or project workers; in local government in admin roles; or as sales assistants.

Graduates can further their studies at the Bachelor level. Successful completion of the Diploma will guarantee you entry and up to eight units of credit towards a Southern Cross University Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Social ScienceBachelor of Digital MediaBachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of EducationBachelor of Social Work or the Bachelor of Community Welfare.

Career outcomes for all these Bachelor degrees are diverse - from teaching to social work, media and cultural industries. See each degree for more details.

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 be eligible to receive the Diploma of Arts and Social Sciences, students must complete the equivalent of 8 core units (96 credit points), comprising:


Course structure


Schedule of units

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Specialisations


Course progressions

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

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It is recommended that International students complete this course over three sessions. Domestic students may elect to study four units per session.
Year 1, Session 1
Students must enrol in the core College unit in their first session of study: EDUC1001 -  Language and Learning in your Discipline.
EDUC1001 -  Language and Learning in your Discipline
CLST2002 -  Australia, Asia and the World
CRTV1002 -  Create: Innovate: Change
HIST1001 -  Making History
Year 1, Session 2
CLST1004 -  Critical Thinking for Digital Times
CLST1005 -  Unruly Subjects: Citizenship
WRIT1003 -  Written Communication
CLST2004 -  Gender, Sexuality and Culture

TitleNote
It is recommended that International students complete this course over three sessions. Domestic students may elect to study four units per session.
Year 1, Session 2
Students must enrol in the core College unit in their first session of study: EDUC1001 -  Language and Learning in your Discipline.
EDUC1001 -  Language and Learning in your Discipline
CLST1004 -  Critical Thinking for Digital Times
CLST1005 -  Unruly Subjects: Citizenship
CLST2004 -  Gender, Sexuality and Culture
Year 2, Session 1
CLST2002 -  Australia, Asia and the World
CRTV1002 -  Create: Innovate: Change
HIST1001 -  Making History
WRIT1003 -  Written Communication

TitleNote
It is recommended that International students complete this course over three sessions. Domestic students may elect to study four units per session.
Year 1, Session 1
Students must enrol in the core College unit in their first session of study: EDUC1001 -  Language and Learning in your Discipline.
EDUC1001 -  Language and Learning in your Discipline
POLT1001 -  Australian Politics
SOCI1001 -  Introduction to Sociology
CLST2002 -  Australia, Asia and the World
Year 1, Session 2
CRTV1002 -  Create: Innovate: Change
WRIT1003 -  Written Communication
SOCI1005 -  Social Policy
SOCI1002 -  Understanding Community

TitleNote
It is recommended that International students complete this course over three sessions. Domestic students may elect to study four units per session.
Year 1, Session 2
Students must enrol in the core College unit in their first session of study: EDUC1001 -  Language and Learning in your Discipline.
EDUC1001 -  Language and Learning in your Discipline
SOCI1005 -  Social Policy
SOCI1002 -  Understanding Community
WRIT1003 -  Written Communication
Year 2, Session 1
POLT1001
SOCI1001 -  Introduction to Sociology
CRTV1002 -  Create: Innovate: Change: Change
CLST2002 -  Australia, Asia and the World

TitleNote
It is recommended that International students complete this course over three sessions. Domestic students may elect to study four units per session.
Year 1, Session 1
Students must enrol in the core College unit in their first session of study: EDUC1001 -  Language and Learning in your Discipline.
EDUC1001 -  Language and Learning in your Discipline
CLST2002 -  Australia, Asia and the World
WRIT1003 -  Written Communication
POLT1001 -  Australian Politics
Year 1, Session 2
WELF1003 -  Counselling Theory and Practice
WELF1002 -  Community Development
CRTV1002 -  Create: Innovate: Change
WELF1001 -  Introduction to Social Welfare

TitleNote
It is recommended that International students complete this course over three sessions. Domestic students may elect to study four units per session.
Year 1, Session 2
Students must enrol in the core College unit in their first session of study: EDUC1001 -  Language and Learning in your Discipline.
EDUC1001 -  Language and Learning in your Discipline
WELF1003 -  Counselling Theory and Practice
WELF1002 -  Community Development
WELF1001 -  Introduction to Social Welfare
Year 2, Session 1
CLST2002 -  Australia, Asia and the World
WRIT1003 -  Written Communication
POLT1001 -  Australian Politics
CRTV1002 -  Create: Innovate: Change

TitleNote
It is recommended that International students complete this course over three sessions. Domestic students may elect to study four units per session.
Year 1, Session 1
Students must enrol in the core College unit in their first session of study: EDUC1001 -  Language and Learning in your Discipline.
EDUC1001 -  Language and Learning in your Discipline
CLST2002 -  Australia, Asia and the World
WRIT1003 -  Written Communication
MDIA1001 -  Media Studies
Year 1, Session 2
CRTV1002 -  Create: Innovate: Change
MDIA1004 -  Journalism in the Digital Age
MDIA1003 -  Digital Media Practices
MDIA2006 -  Film Studies

TitleNote
It is recommended that International students complete this course over three sessions. Domestic students may elect to study four units per session.
Year 1, Session 2
Students must enrol in the core College unit in their first session of study: EDUC1001 -  Language and Learning in your Discipline.
EDUC1001 -  Language and Learning in your Discipline
MDIA1004 -  Journalism in the Digital Age
MDIA1003 -  Digital Media Practices
MDIA2006 -  Film Studies
Year 2, Session 1
CLST2002 -  Australia, Asia and the World
WRIT1003 -  Written Communication
MDIA1001 -  Media Studies
CRTV1002 -  Create: Innovate: Change


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