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Southern Cross University (SCU)

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Diploma of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Diploma

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 Diploma of Arts and Social Sciences is offered through SCU College, where we understand that learners have diverse experiences and ways of learning.

Key details

Degree Type
Diploma
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Course Code
2125300, 102590B, 102590B
Study Mode
In person, Online
International Fees
$26,800 per year / $26,800 total

About this course

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Study locations

Gold Coast

Lismore

Online

What you will learn

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.

Career pathways

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 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.

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

Course structure

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:

  • 8 core units (96 credit points) from one Specialisation.