Diploma in Languages

Available to:
Domestic students only.
Location:
  • Ballarat
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
  • Strathfield
Duration:

Minimum duration: 3 years part-time.

This course is available to international applicants who hold a valid visa. International applicants requiring a student visa, cannot apply for this course as a stand-alone course for the purposes of attaining a student visa.

Applications close 6 December 2020.

Domestic students

Description

Give yourself a professional edge by adding Italian or Spanish to your skill set. As an ACU graduate with fluency in an additional language, you will position yourself for success in today’s competitive global employment market.

As well as language skills, you will have a deeper understanding of intercultural communication and possess the ability to interact and negotiate appropriately and respectfully across a range of cultures.

ACU offers undergraduate students across all faculties the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Languages in conjunction with an ACU undergraduate degree so that you graduate with a bachelor degree and a diploma in the same timeframe. The course is part time, so you take one language unit in any study period. Units are offered in Professional Term 1, Semester 1 and Semester 2.

The diploma is open to members of the university and to the community, and individual language units can also be taken on a non-award basis.

The Diploma in Languages focuses on developing communicative language skills through active practice.

Course duration

Minimum duration: 3 years part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Ballarat (Multi-mode)
  • Brisbane (Multi-mode)
  • Canberra (Multi-mode)
  • Melbourne (Multi-mode) - (Application not available)
  • North Sydney (Multi-mode) - (Application not available)
  • Strathfield (Multi-mode) - (Application not available)

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

ITALIAN

Year – Study Period Unit 1
Year 1 – Semester 2 ITAN101
Introductory Italian
Year 1 - Semester 1 ITAN102
Elementary Italian A
Year 1 - Semester 2 ITAN103
Elementary Italian B
Year 2 – Professional term 1 ITAN201
Intermediate Italian A
Year 2 - Semester 1 ITAN202
Intermediate Italian B
Year 2 - Semester 2 ITAN203
Italian for social and professional purposes

SPANISH

Year – Study Period Unit 1
Year 1 – Semester 2 SPAN101
Introductory Spanish
Year 1 - Semester 1 SPAN102
Elementary Spanish A
Year 1 - Semester 2 SPAN103
Elementary Spanish B
Year 2 – Professional term 1 SPAN201
Intermediate Spanish A
Year 2 - Semester 1 SPAN202
Intermediate Spanish B
Year 2 - Semester 2 SPAN203
Spanish for social and professional purposes

'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

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Ballarat, Victoria

  • Professional Term 1 – 4 January 2021
  • Semester 2 – TBA

Brisbane, Queensland

  • Professional Term 1 – 4 January 2021
  • Semester 2 – TBA

Canberra, ACT

  • Professional Term 1 – 4 January 2021
  • Semester 2 – TBA

Melbourne, Victoria

  • Professional Term 1 – Not on offer
  • Semester 2 – TBA

Sydney (Strathfield), NSW

  • Professional Term 1 – Not on offer
  • Semester 2 – TBA

Sydney (North Sydney), NSW

  • Professional Term 1 – Not on offer
  • Semester 2 – TBA

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $2505 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:-

  1. be enrolled in an ACU bachelor degree and have completed a minimum of 40 credit points; or
  2. have completed the equivalent of year 12 level.

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

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2020

OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer    
Median OP to receive an offer    
Lowest OP to receive an offer    
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer    
Median Rank to receive an offer    
Lowest Rank to receive an offer    
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
Median ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
Median ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer    
Median ATAR to receive an offer    
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer    
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer    
Median ATAR to receive an offer    
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer    

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2020
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of OP/Rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both OP/Rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum OP/Rank) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/Rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/Rank requirement) 0 0.00%
International students 0 0.00%
All students <5 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2020
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
N/A N/A
Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
N/A N/A
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) N/A N/A
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) N/A N/A
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) N/A N/A
International students N/A N/A
All students N/A 100%
  • N/A – Students not accepted in this category.
Applicant background 2020
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
International students 0 0.00%
All students <5 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2020
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
International students 0 0.00%
All students <5 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2020
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
International students 0 0.00%
All students <5 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Direct Applications

Admission Pathways to this course

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation.

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

Career paths

The course is designed for those intending to follow careers in international development, diplomacy, international business, public health, education, social services, government and non-government organisations, church ministry and not-for-profit organisations.

Specialisations

  • Italian
  • Spanish

English language requirements

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

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

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