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Start Date

1 year(s) full-time


Program Code

476002 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

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Degree overview

  • Competitive entry into a range of health-related degrees.
  • For Nursing pathway, study regionally for the entire journey.
  • Great start to university life, setting you up for success for further studies in the discipline you’re interested in.
  • Study eight courses with up to two credits towards a bachelor's degree.
  • Support from UniSA College staff as you build academic skills, knowledge and confidence for university study.
  • Graduate with new skills and a diploma qualification.
  • Access 100% of UniSA or UniSA Online degrees.



The Diploma in Health (Mount Gambier) is a one-year program that prepares you for university study while setting you up to thrive in popular areas of health. If you don’t meet the direct entry requirements for the degree you want to study, this pathway program may be perfect for you. You’ll build academic skills, university knowledge and confidence in your first year of study, while having support from UniSA College staff to then make the transition into your chosen related bachelor's degree. Once you complete a Diploma in Health (Mount Gambier), you can continue your studies in a health-related field.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will study a combination of discipline specific courses that will develop your academic skills, along with up to two first-year courses from your related bachelor’s degree. This will give you real insight into your preferred degree and up to two study credits (conditions apply).

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Introduction to Academic Life SOCU 1010 4.5
Introduction to Biosciences NASC 1013 4.5
Applied Computer Practices COMP 1050 4.5
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,4,5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Critical Thinking: Media and Academia LANG 1068 4.5
Introduction to Anatomy HLTH 1069 4.5
Introduction to Human Physiology HLTH 1070 4.5
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,4,5

Study hours

Your study schedule will be divided into the time you spend attending classes and watching lectures as well as independent study, including your personal research and assignment work.



Your assessments may include:

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

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Diploma in Health (Mount Gambier)

Why this Degree

You will be fully supported when choosing courses within your program so that you are confident and ready to transition into your desired area of study. You can book one-on-one appointments with the helpful UniSA College staff for enrolment/study support, or access individual Program Director appointments and consultations with academic staff in the UniSA College Common Room. You will also be taught by highly experienced academics from UniSA.

You will experience elements of your undergraduate degree by completing up to two courses within a diploma. This will provide insight into how your intended study journey might look so you can make sure it’s right for you!

Online study

Online study

Studying externally (online) gives you the flexibility to study where and when you want, at your own pace. All 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 teamwork and communication

Further Study

After successfully completing your Diploma, you'll graduate with a standalone qualification and you can then apply for direct entry, via UniSA College, into your chosen bachelor’s degree using your Grade Point Average (GPA).

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

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

Alternative Pathways

Students can also apply for the Diploma in Health (Mount Gambier) upon completion of the UniSA Foundation Studies program (DFFS) if they do not meet the requirements for direct entry.


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

Providing high quality learning experiences that are student-centred and inclusive has been a key focus of my role since becoming a Lecturer with UniSA in 2017. I’ve a strong background in biology and completed my PhD here at UniSA in 2015. What I love most about my current role is getting to share my passion for science with students.

Dr Natasha Wilson

Program Director

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Dr Natasha Wilson

Program Director


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