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Start Date

2 year(s) full-time


Program Code

424641 (Packaged)
426021 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 51.80 (for 2017)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 50.00 (for 2018)
TAFE/RTO Note: Complete a Certificate III or IV, and meet any prerequisite or other academic requirements of the program.
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): N/A
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Assumed Knowledge

Key features

  • Guaranteed entry into the second year of many Science and Technology degrees (upon successful completion).
  • A great back up option if you don’t think you’ll get the ATAR for your preferred degree.
  • You can still access UniSA College staff and support services while you’re studying the first year of your degree.
  • In your second year, study the same courses alongside other (first year) Science and Technology students.
  • Get the full student experience with events, entertainment, sports, clubs, volunteering opportunities and more.



The Diploma in Science and Technology is a two-year program that prepares you for university study and – upon successful completion – guarantees you entry into second year of a wide range of science and technology degrees.

If you do not meet the direct entry requirements for the degree you want to study, this offers you a pathway into UniSA. There are still entry requirements for this diploma, but they are set lower than those of a degree.

Why Diploma in Science and Technology

Why this Degree

Our programs prepare you for university study by building your academic skills and prerequisite knowledge. You will experience life as a UniSA student, being taught by UniSA staff and having access to the full range of support services that the University provides. By successfully completing the Diploma in Science and Technology you will have the opportunity to transfer into a related UniSA degree.

Online study

Online study

Studying externally (online) gives you the flexibility to study where and when you want, at your own pace. Some of the courses offered through UniSA College can be studied online. You can choose your study mode when you enrol. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 digital environment, you can also:

  • access your lectures online, plus study and course resources
  • submit your assignments and get feedback
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

What others are saying

I made the decision to pursue my dream and study architecture. Without the skills taught at UniSA College I believe I would not have had the skills or confidence to complete by undergraduate degree.

Benjamin Van Loggem

Diploma in Science and Technology

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Benjamin Van Loggem

Diploma in Science and Technology

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will get a taste of university and learn the skills you need to study for your degree, including:

  • how UniSA works
  • how to write academic assignments
  • how to reference
  • how to manage your time

In first year you will complete core courses that develop your critical writing, study, communication, numeracy and research skills. In second year, you will start studying first-year courses from your linked bachelor degree. You will sit in the same lectures and tutorials as other first-year students, but you can still rely on UniSA College for extra support.

Study hours

Your study schedule will be divided into contact hours (the time you spend doing lectures and tutorials) and independent study, including your personal research and assignment work. Study hours depend on the courses you choose and the amount of additional work you put in. Generally, full-time study is equivalent to 40 hours per week.



Your assessments will include:

  • research papers
  • tests (in person and online)
  • assignments
  • take home examinations
  • group assignments
  • participation and attendance
  • examination

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
University Studies EDUC 1075 4.5
Science for Tertiary Learning NASC 18 4.5 Note(s): 2
Literacy Course 1 4.5 Note(s): 1
Numeracy Course 1 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 3
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 3
Elective 3 4.5 Note(s): 3
Elective 4 4.5 Rule(s): 4
Rule(s): 6
8 courses from selected discipline area - Enrol under bachelor degree code Rule(s): 3,5,7
Successful Tertiary Learning EDUC 20 0 Rule(s): 3

I am a lecturer and Diploma Director at UniSA College. I have a deep concern for issues related to education and justice. This has led me to work in enabling access to education, and it informs my teaching approach.

Dr Sarah Hattam

Program Director

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Dr Sarah Hattam

Program Director



Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study experience

Our campuses have advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll discover that your journey at UniSA is also about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. Depending on your campus, you’ll find student gyms, pools, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you’re keen to explore the social side of university life, there’s movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Student services

Student services

You will have full access to our student support services to help you settle in to university life before you begin studying a bachelor degree. We want you to be successful, and if you need help you’ll have it. We provide a full range of support services, including: 

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • library services
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • wellbeing resources and advice
  • accommodation
  • community health clinics
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

To apply to study with UniSA College:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the relevant SATAC code*, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

*There are two SATAC codes – one for just this diploma, and one for this diploma packaged with the Bachelor of Information Technology. If you already know that you want to study the Bachelor of Information Technology, you can make life easier by applying for both at the same time.

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