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Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Start Date

    March, July

  • Duration

    3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Lismore

  • Placement

    Yes  Learn more

  • Course abbreviation

    BHSc(HlthLifest)

  • Course code

    3007319

  • Credit points

    288

  • Equivalent units

    24

  • Scholarships

  • Indicative fee

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

International snapshot

  • Start Date

    February, June

  • Duration

    3 years full-time

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Lismore

  • Placement

    Yes  Learn more

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

Overview

The World Health Organisation estimates a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers by 2030 – building the health workforce is a global health priority.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Lifestyle) is a foundation degree for students who wish to pursue a career in health, naturopathic medicine, or lifestyle medicine.

To practice as a Clinical Naturopath, students must successfully complete the Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Lifestyle) and the Southern Cross University Master of Naturopathic Medicine. The total full-time duration for this clinical training program is four years. This is the only four-year program in Naturopathic Medicine offered in Australia where students will graduate with a Masters degree.

This course allows students to develop an understanding of health science, social science, lifestyle medicine, clinical science, scientific enquiry and naturopathic medicine. Students will also develop a theoretical and practical understanding of health promotion through undertaking a work-integrated health placement, health promotion project or professional engagement with Aboriginal communities.

This degree provides graduates with a solid foundation in evidence-based practice and a deep understanding of naturopathic medicine’s philosophical foundations of preventing ill-health, improving patient health outcomes, supporting a patient’s innate ability to heal and addressing the underlying causes of illness.

This is the only undergraduate Naturopathic Medicine degree in Australia offering Commonwealth Supported places (HECS-HELP).

Clinical Exercise Physiology student Vincent Manze at the Exercise lab on Gold Coast campus

“My experience at Southern Cross has been really good. There has been a vast array of opportunities for me. I've seen the whole spectrum of what I'm capable of doing."

The Southern Cross Model is a game-changer in higher education study.

Our students now engage in shorter, six-week unit structures designed around immersive and interactive learning experiences. The shorter unit structure gives students a greater sense of momentum as they achieve milestones quickly, resulting in increased student success rates, and course and teacher satisfaction. Lectures are a thing of the past - students will be engaged in active, interactive and discussion-based learning.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes.

Our online study option is highly interactive and may include a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes.

The method of teaching and assessment may vary from unit to unit.

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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 (GA).

Course Learning Outcome

GA1: Intellectual rigour

Interpret evidence-based clinical-decision making frameworks appropriate for contemporary health and lifestyle contexts

GA2: Creativity

Use initiative and problem-solving skills to respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges

GA3: Ethical practice

Understand and function within applicable professional competencies, scope of practice, codes of conduct, codes of ethics, laws and policies

GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate broad and coherent understanding of health and lifestyle philosophies, theories and frameworks in applicable professional contexts

Demonstrate a body of knowledge and skills derived from the physical, biological, behavioural, clinical and social sciences

GA5: Lifelong learning

Use reflection to guide professional development and to be a self-directed and life-long learner

GA6: Communication and social skills

Demonstrate and apply well-developed verbal and written communication skills applicable to diverse settings with high academic and professional integrity

Collaborate effectively with a diverse range of individuals, groups and interdisciplinary teams

GA7: Cultural competence

Demonstrate respect and responsiveness to socio-cultural preferences, needs and values of individuals and groups in diverse settings

Display social responsibility to others in the community and within the broader healthcare setting

This course includes 52 hours of professional placement. Elective units may include additional placement hours.

There are regulatory requirements that students must meet before commencing professional placements.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Lifestyle) provides a direct pathway into the Master of Naturopathic Medicine.

The 24 units of study in this course (including 23 core units and 1 elective unit) centre around three themes:

  • Profession and Principles: professional contexts in naturopathic medicine 1-2; language and learning in your discipline.
  • Practitioner and Practice: exercise physiology; introductory pharmacology; nutritional medicine; botanical medicine; manual and mind-body medicine; clinical studies in naturopathic medicine 1-5; work-integrated health placement (elective); working with Aboriginal communities I (elective).
  • Patient and Population: introduction to science for health professionals; human anatomy; human physiology I and II; biological chemistry and human metabolism; psychology and sociology for health professionals; introduction to evidence for health science practitioners; health promotion and wellness; counselling theory and practice; practice-based health research.

Location Teaching period
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3
LismoreTerm  1, Term  3
Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3$30,832 ($3,854 per unit)108299A
LismoreTerm  1, Term  3$30,832 ($3,854 per unit)108299A

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.

Career Outcomes

This course provides a direct pathway into the Master of Naturopathic Medicine, which enables graduates to practice as a Clinical Naturopath. As a clinical naturopath, graduates will be qualified to work in private practice, as well as in a range of primary and specialised healthcare settings, such as aged care, palliative care, rural health centres or integrative health clinics.

In addition to careers in naturopathic medicine, students will be well-prepared for diverse roles working within health care teams (as an allied health assistant, associate massage therapist, health/lifestyle coach or care coordinator), community teams (as a health promotion officer, community development officer, or project officer), or independently (as a health/lifestyle consultant, or health communicator/writer).

Graduates are eligible to apply for membership with the Complementary Medicine Association and Massage & Myotherapy Australia.

Requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Entry requirements

To meet the University’s minimum English Language Proficiency requirement an applicant must satisfy one of the following criteria:

  1. satisfactory completion of at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the Recognised Countries (see below), including at least two years between years 7 and 12; or
  2. completed at least two years (full time equivalent combined secondary and/or tertiary and/or vocational education taught and assessed solely in English, in one of the Recognised Countries; or
  3. a. the IELTS (academic module) minimum overall score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 6.5 in each of the four components: or
  4. the PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 59 and a minimum score of 59 in each of the four communicative skills; or
  5. the TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 79 and the following minimum score in each section of the test: 20 listening, 19 reading, 24 writing, and 20 speaking; or
  6. successful completion of the English for Academic Purposes 3 program at SCU College.

Recognised Countries means the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, UK and USA.

Please note, Rule 2 Schedule B test scores equivalencies do not apply to this course.

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 Score or equivalent6.5
Reading6.5
Writing6.5
Listening6.5
Speaking6.5

Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Health Science (Heath and Lifestyle), students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points) comprising:

  • 23 core units (276 credit points), and
  • 1 option unit (12 credit points).

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with the Diploma of Health after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points) comprising the first eight units.

Professional Experience Learning

This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on Faculty of Health Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Equity & Inclusion website. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit the Student Equity & Inclusion website for further information and contact details. 

Other things to consider

The Early Offer program allows Year 12 students to secure a place in a Southern Cross University undergraduate degree before Year 12 results are released. It’s designed to remove some of the pressure from Year 12 and provide a pathway directly into university study that is not based solely on Year 12 results.

Learn more

There are different pathways into an undergraduate degree.

Whether you are returning to study after some time or you have just finished school and you need some extra academic preparation before embarking on a degree, Southern Cross University offers two excellent, fee-free academic preparation programs that develop the skills you need to be successful at university.

SCU College also offers a range of one-year Diplomas that provide extra academic support as you commence university. Diplomas are a great pathway to a degree and may also prepare you for diverse paraprofessional roles.

Learn more

Credit for Prior Learning, also referred to as ‘Advanced Standing’ or Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL), is the process of looking at your prior study and/or experience to assess if you can be awarded academic credit or gain entry to a course on the basis of your existing knowledge and skills.

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Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

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

Current Students should select their units by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment as these may be different.

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Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableCredit pointsNotes

Complete units in the following order to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

HLTH1004The Reflective Learner and Health Science Scholar
Term1,3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1,3
Term1,3
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Lismore
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3
Term1,3
HLTH1001Introduction to Science for Health Professions
Term1,3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1,3
Term1,3
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Anti-requisitesCannot be taken if already completed or enrolling in SCIN1001 - Nature of Science.
INDG2001Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
Term2,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
Lismore
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
Term2,4
HBIO1009Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
Term2,3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2,3,5
Term2,3,5
Gold Coast
Term2,3,5
Term2,3,5
Lismore
Term2,3,5
Term2,3,5
Enrolment informationPlease note this unit has assessments scheduled in Week 7. Details will be provided closer to the time.
HBIO1010Integrated Anatomy and Physiology
Summer Term
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Summer Term
Term3
Summer Term
Term3
Gold Coast
Summer Term
Term3
Summer Term
Term3
Lismore
Summer Term
Term3
Summer Term
Term3
Pre-requisitesHBIO1001 - Human Anatomy AND HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I; OR HBIO1009 - Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
NATM2004Professional Contexts in Naturopathic Medicine 1: Foundations
Term3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term5
N/A
Enrolment informationStudents are required to attend scheduled classes and participate in online activities. Students will be required to attend on-campus classes and complete 8 observational clinical placement hours. This unit contains Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities that require students to meet mandatory fit to practice obligations prior to attending. Failure to comply by the fit to practice deadline will result in the cancellation of your WIL activity. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements.
BIOL2007Biochemistry
Term2,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
Lismore
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Term2
Term2
Pre-requisitesHBIO1008 - Human Physiology II OR HBIO1010 - Integrated Anatomy and Physiology
PSYC1009Introducing Health Psychology
Term2,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2,4
Term2,4
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
Term2,4
Students are eligible to exit with the Diploma of Health following completion of the above 8 units

Second Year

STAT2001Foundations of Evidence for Health Science Practitioners
Term1,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1,4
Term1,4
Gold Coast
Term1,4
Term1,4
Lismore
Term1,4
Term1,4
Online
Term1
Term1
Pre-requisites36 credit points
PHAR2001Introductory Pharmacology
Term1,3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term1,3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Pre-requisitesBe admitted to 3007303 - Bachelor of Nursing OR 1209320 - Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry); OR HBIO1009 - Introductory Anatomy and Physiology OR HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I
NATM2005Professional Contexts in Naturopathic Medicine 2: Ethics and Law
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
N/A
Lismore
Term2
N/A
Enrolment informationIf enrolled on-campus, students are required to attend on-campus classes and participate in online activities.
NUTR2001Nutritional Medicine
Term1,2,3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,2
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term2,3
Term2,3
Pre-requisitesBIOL1004 - Biological Chemistry and Human Metabolism OR BIOL2007 - Biochemistry OR be admitted to course: 1209350 - Master of Naturopathic Medicine OR 1209310 - Master of Integrative Medicine
Enrolment informationOn-campus students will be required to attend workshops online, and tutorials on-campus. Online students will be required to attend workshops and tutorials online.
NATM2001Botanical Medicine
Term1,3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Lismore
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term5
Term5
Pre-requisitesPHAR2001 - Introductory Pharmacology OR Admitted to 1209350 - Master of Naturopathic Medicine OR 1209310 - Master of Integrative Medicine
Enrolment informationOnline enrolment is only available for students admitted to the Master of Integrative Medicine. All other students must enrol into Lismore (weekly) or Gold Coast (intensive) classes. Students are required to attend on-campus classes and/or participate in online activities. Prior knowledge of chemistry and pharmacology is desirable.
NATM2003Massage and Mind-body Medicine
Dual Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Dual Term3
Dual Term3
Lismore
Dual Term3
Dual Term3
Pre-requisitesHBIO1001 - Human Anatomy AND HBIO1008 - Human Physiology II; OR HBIO1010 - Integrated Anatomy and Physiology
Enrolment informationPlease note this unit has assessments scheduled in Week 7 which will require attendance on-campus. Details will be provided closer to the time. Students will be required to attend on-campus practical classes, and complete 80 hours of supervised massage therapy practice. This unit contains Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities that require students to meet mandatory fit to practice obligations prior to attending. Failure to comply by the fit to practice deadline will result in the cancellation of your WIL activity. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements.
HLTH2002Exercise Physiology
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisitesHBIO1009 - Introductory Anatomy and Physiology OR HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I AND HBIO1008 - Human Physiology II
Enrolment informationPlease note this unit has assessments scheduled in Week 7 which will require attendance on-campus. Details will be provided closer to the time.
NATM2002Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 1: Assessment, Microbiology and Immunity
Term2,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
Lismore
Term2,4
Term2,4
Pre-requisitesNUTR2001 - Nutritional Medicine AND NATM2001 - Botanical Medicine
Enrolment informationStudents are required to attend on-campus classes and participate in online activities. Prior knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is required.

Third Year

NATM3001Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 2: Integumentary and Gastrointestinal systems
Term1,3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Lismore
Term1,3
Term1,3
Pre-requisitesNATM2002 - Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 1: Assessment, Microbiology and Immunity
Enrolment informationPlease note this unit has assessments scheduled in Week 7 which may require attendance on-campus. Students are required to attend on-campus classes and participate in online activities. Prior knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is required.
NATM3002Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 3: Musculoskeletal and Nervous systems
Term2,3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,3
Term2,3
Lismore
Term2,3
Term2,3
Pre-requisitesNATM2002 - Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 1: Assessment, Microbiology and Immunity
Enrolment informationPlease note this unit has assessments scheduled in Week 7 which may require attendance on-campus. Students are required to attend on-campus classes and participate in online activities. Prior knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is required.
NATM3003Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 4: Cardiovascular and Respiratory systems
Term2,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
Lismore
Term2,4
Term2,4
Pre-requisitesNATM2002 - Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 1: Assessment, Microbiology and Immunity
Enrolment informationPlease note this unit has assessments scheduled in Week 7 which may require attendance on-campus. Students are required to attend on-campus classes and participate in online activities. Prior knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is required.
PBHL2002Health Promotion
Term1,3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1,3
Term1,3
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Lismore
Term1,3
Term1,3
Pre-requisites288 credit points in 3007224 - Bachelor of Occupational Therapy OR 3007306 - Bachelor of Speech Pathology; OR 192 credit points in any other course
Enrolment informationIt is recommended that students who need to complete both PBHL2002 Health Promotion and PBHL3001 Health Promotion Project as part of their course, enrol in both units in the same year.
NATM3004Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 5: Urogenital and Endocrine systems
Summer Term
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Summer Term
Term3
Summer Term
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesNATM2002 - Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 1: Assessment, Microbiology and Immunity
Enrolment informationStudents are required to attend on-campus classes and participate in online activities. Prior knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is required.
Options
Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
NATM3005Work-integrated Health Placement
INDG2005Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement)
PBHL3001Health Promotion Project
WELF1003Counselling Theory and Practice
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Enrolment informationAll students are required to meet compulsory participation requirements to pass the unit. Gold Coast students must attend weekly on-campus tutorials. Online students must attend a 3 day on-campus residential (8.30 am to 4.30 pm Friday to Sunday inclusive) at either the Coffs Harbour (week 2), Gold Coast (week 3) or Lismore (week 4) campus. A record of attendance will be kept at all tutorials and residentials.
HLTH5009Practice-Based Health Research
Term4,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term4,5
Term4,5
Pre-requisitesAdmitted to 1207235 - Master of Osteopathic Medicine OR 1209240 - Master of Advanced Naturopathic Medicine OR 1008440 - Graduate Certificate in Advanced Naturopathic Medicine; OR 196 credit points in 3007319 - Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Lifestyle) OR 3007229 - Bachelor of Midwifery; OR 60 credit points in 1209350 - Master of Naturopathic Medicine


Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Core Units
HLTH1004The Reflective Learner and Health Science Scholar
HLTH1001Introduction to Science for Health Professions
PSYC1009Introducing Health Psychology
HBIO1009Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
HBIO1010Integrated Anatomy and Physiology
INDG2001Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
BIOL2007Biochemistry
NATM2004Professional Contexts in Naturopathic Medicine 1: Foundations
Students are eligible to exit with the Diploma of Health following completion of the above 8 units
STAT2001Foundations of Evidence for Health Science Practitioners
HLTH2002Exercise Physiology
PHAR2001Introductory Pharmacology
NATM2005Professional Contexts in Naturopathic Medicine 2: Ethics and Law
NUTR2001Nutritional Medicine
NATM2001Botanical Medicine
NATM2003Massage and Mind-body Medicine
NATM2002Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 1: Assessment, Microbiology and Immunity
WELF1003Counselling Theory and Practice
HLTH5009Practice-Based Health Research
NATM3001Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 2: Integumentary and Gastrointestinal systems
PBHL2002Health Promotion
NATM3002Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 3: Musculoskeletal and Nervous systems
NATM3003Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 4: Cardiovascular and Respiratory systems
NATM3004Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 5: Urogenital and Endocrine systems
Choose one of the following option units:

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
NATM3005Work-integrated Health Placement
INDG2005Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement)
PBHL3001Health Promotion Project

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Fees and Scholarships

Domestic students

You are a domestic student if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, New Zealand citizen, or Australian humanitarian visa holder. Your course will either be a Commonwealth Supported Place or a full fee-paying place. This is noted in the course snapshot.

Commonwealth Supported Places:

In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), the Government pays some of your fees and you pay the rest as the Student Contribution Amount (SCA).

SCA is calculated per unit, not per course. Eligible students can defer the SCA through a HECS-HELP loan.

Full Fee-Paying Places:

A full fee-paying place is where you pay the full (unsubsidised) tuition fee for your course. Eligible students can defer the payment of their tuition fees through the FEE-HELP scheme (including employer-reserved places for The Hotel School courses).

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

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Fees and Scholarships

International Students

If you're an international student, you can find the annual course cost in Australian dollars (AUD$) on our International Courses and Fees page or on the web page for your course under fees.

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

More about scholarships

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