Undergraduate Certificate in Engineering



Course Summary

This course will prepare you with a solid grounding in scientific knowledge and skills in mathematics, chemistry, the basic laws of mechanics, the design process, and its application in humanitarian engineering projects. This course provides students with a pathway to undergraduate programs in engineering and the engineering profession.

Units of study

MATH1001 – 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.

EDUC1001 - 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.

ELECTIVE UNITS (Choose two from the following):
CIVL1002 - 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.

PHYS1001 - Physics and Materials

This unit introduces the basic concepts of mechanics (Newton’s Laws) and conservation laws, waves and optics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and atomic structure and material properties.

CIVL1003 – Processes and Philosophy of Engineering

This unit introduces concepts of the engineering design process and design philosophy through an authentic real world engineering problem. A core aspect of the unit is introducing students to the Engineers Australia stage 1 competencies and the use of reflective writing to demonstrate the development of these competencies over time. The use of statistical analysis in engineering will also be introduced.

CHEM1001 – 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

22 February 2021 (Orientation and Induction)
1 March 2021 (Studies commence)


6 months, full-time
12 months, part-time


Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Lismore, Online
See each unit link for sessions and locations


This is a Commonwealth-Supported course. Get more information on fees for domestic students.

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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 (2021)

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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