Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
038770M
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

1 year full-time

Description

The Diploma in Liberal Studies provides students from diverse backgrounds with a flexible one-year introduction to tertiary studies through the completion of 80cp of Arts units. Students completing the Diploma may choose their units from a wide range of Arts subjects.

Students may choose units from the following disciplines (subject to campus availability):

  • communication
  • creative writing
  • computing
  • development studies
  • drama
  • economics
  • geography
  • graphic design
  • healthy development
  • history
  • literature
  • mathematics
  • media
  • music
  • philosophy
  • politics and international relations
  • psychology
  • sociology
  • study of religions
  • theological studies
  • visual arts
  • youth work

The Diploma in Liberal Studies prepares you for a wide choice of careers in areas such as government, industry, business, the creative arts and education.

It is a Diploma-level course that is offered to domestic and International students. It is available to international students as a UniAccess-International program.

A student who successfully completes four or more units in the Diploma in Liberal Studies may be awarded a Certificate in Liberal Studies.

Course duration

1 year full-time

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • Strathfield (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 ENGL105
English Language Communication Skills
or
HIST106
Australian Indigenous Peoples: Past and Present
or
HIST115
Global History: Six Degrees of Separation
Elective Unit 1 Elective Unit 2 Elective Unit 3
Year 1 - Semester 2 UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Elective Unit 4 Elective Unit 5 Elective Unit 6

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

80

Exit Point

A student who successfully completes four or more units in the Diploma in Liberal Studies may be awarded a Certificate in Liberal Studies.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $6560 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed:

  1. Equivalent of year 12 level with the ACU minimum eligibility rank for Diploma programs;
    OR
  2. Entry via an alternative pathway as approved by ACU.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Alternate entry provisions including an interview, English language testing and written assessment apply to students accepted through the Refugee Education Project.

Applying for admission

Direct Applications

Career paths

The course assists students to prepare for a diverse range of careers in areas such as government, industry, journalism, creative arts and education.

English language requirements

Overall score: 6.0. Individual score of 5.5 in all tests.

Pathways to further study

Diploma in Liberal Studies graduates may be eligible to progress their studies in a Bachelor of Arts. International students must meet the ACU English Language Proficiency requirements as defined by the Admission rules to be eligible for consideration into a Bachelor level degree.

More course information

A student who subsequently gains entry to the Bachelor of Arts may receive academic credit for relevant units (depending on pathway chosen) completed successfully in the Certificate or Diploma in Liberal Studies.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

The Diploma in Liberal Studies provides students from diverse backgrounds with a flexible one-year introduction to tertiary studies through the completion of 80cp of Arts units. Students completing the Diploma may choose their units from a wide range of Arts subjects.

Students may choose units from the following disciplines (subject to campus availability):

  • communication
  • creative writing
  • computing
  • development studies
  • drama
  • economics
  • geography
  • graphic design
  • healthy development
  • history
  • literature
  • mathematics
  • media
  • music
  • philosophy
  • politics and international relations
  • psychology
  • sociology
  • study of religions
  • theological studies
  • visual arts
  • youth work

The Diploma in Liberal Studies prepares you for a wide choice of careers in areas such as government, industry, business, the creative arts and education.

It is a Diploma-level course that is offered to domestic and International students. It is available to international students as a UniAccess-International program.

A student who successfully completes four or more units in the Diploma in Liberal Studies may be awarded a Certificate in Liberal Studies.

Course duration

1 year full-time

Start dates and campus availability

Brisbane
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020
Melbourne
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020
Strathfield
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 25% of the program online.

Credit Points

80

Exit Point

A student who successfully completes four or more units in the Diploma in Liberal Studies may be awarded a Certificate in Liberal Studies.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 ENGL105
English Language Communication Skills
or
HIST106
Australian Indigenous Peoples: Past and Present
or
HIST115
Global History: Six Degrees of Separation
Elective Unit 1 Elective Unit 2 Elective Unit 3
Year 1 - Semester 2 UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Elective Unit 4 Elective Unit 5 Elective Unit 6

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $2840.00 (2019)
  • Average first year fee: $22720.00 (2019)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $22720.00 (2019)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Apply directly to Australian Catholic University.
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed year 12 or equivalent with a minimum 50% pass, plus an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with an individual score of 5.5 in all tests.

Career paths

The course assists students to prepare for a diverse range of careers in areas such as government, industry, journalism, creative arts and education.

English language requirements

Overall score: 6.0. Individual score of 5.5 in all tests.

Pathways to further study

Diploma in Liberal Studies graduates may be eligible to progress their studies in a Bachelor of Arts. International students must meet the ACU English Language Proficiency requirements as defined by the Admission rules to be eligible for consideration into a Bachelor level degree.

More course information

A student who subsequently gains entry to the Bachelor of Arts may receive academic credit for relevant units (depending on pathway chosen) completed successfully in the Certificate or Diploma in Liberal Studies.

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