Undergraduate Certificate in Engineering



Course Summary

This course will prepare you with a solid grounding in scientific knowledge and skills in mathematics, chemistry, hydrology and ecology, and a taste of the many opportunities that engineering provides to change lives and manage natural and built landscapes. This course provides students with a pathway to undergraduate programs in engineering and the engineering profession.

Units of study

MAT10001 – Foundation Mathematics

Introduces students to and develops mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills required in a range of quantitatively based awards. To reinforce learning real world applications of mathematics will be utilised to develop students’ problem solving skills. Software associated with mathematical calculations, graphing and problem solving will be used..

EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline

Introduces students to learning skills for university study, communication skills, and reading and writing conventions within university discipline focused study. Students will develop understanding of, and skills in, digital literacies within SCU environment, a variety of academic writing genres relevant to their discipline of study, and principles and application of academic integrity.

ENS00203 - Humanitarian Engineering Project

Introduces students to the use of engineering materials and technologies in engineering applications, including their application in humanitarian engineering projects. Students will develop logical thinking, professional and communication skills through a design project.

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ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere

This unit examines the movement of water through the global hydrological cycle. Topics include consideration of the atmospheric component of the global water cycle, investigating weather and climate, and the movement of water on and under the Earth's surface in hydrology. Techniques for the measurement and analysis of surface and sub-surface water and the effect this water has on stream and catchment development is investigated.

BIO00202 – Ecology

Examines the principles and concepts of plant and animal interactions with the abiotic and biotic environment. Consideration is given to the individual, population, community and ecosystem levels of organisation. Aspects of human ecology and human impact on the environment are introduced. Field and laboratory studies will include quantitative analysis and qualitative observations of natural systems and processes, experimental design and critical comparisons of different quantitative sampling and measurement techniques.

CHE00201 – Chemistry

Provides an introduction to basic chemical concepts in inorganic and organic chemistry. It includes atomic and molecular theory, bonding, the periodic table, and chemical reactions important in understanding the nature of geological materials, chemical processes in biological systems, water chemistry, and pollution. Laboratory classes complement lecture content, and provide experience in basic practical techniques.

Start Date

6 July


6 months, Fulltime




To support workers displaced by the COVID 19 crisis the maximum student fees for these courses have been set at significantly discounted rates, and students will still be able to defer payment through HECS-HELP.

Commonwealth-Supported Place: $2,500

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International students can apply for a non-award variation of the Undergraduate Certificate, this is a Higher Education Certificate. Fees: $6,000

How to apply

Complete the International Application for Admission form with all supporting documents:

  • Academic Transcripts
  • Proof of English Language proficiency

Send your completed documentation to intapps@scu.edu.au

Career Opportunities

This will give you a foundation in science and engineering or, with further study, may lead into a career in engineering.


Admission Criteria

ATAR 40; OR Certificate III or above; OR one year of paid work experience or equivalent.

Advanced standing

Successful completion of this course will guarantee entry and the equivalent of four units of credit towards the Diploma or Associate Degree of Civil Construction (Engineering and Management). Upon successful completion of the Diploma or Associate Degree, students will have guaranteed entry and relevant advanced standing toward a Bachelor of Engineering Systems (Honours).

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