Start Date
February
July

Duration
2 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
DDHL

SATAC Code
426041 (Internal)
426051 (Packaged)
426063 (Packaged)
426066 (Packaged)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Entry Scores
2022 Guaranteed Entry
Year 12 (ATAR-based): 50.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): C,C,C
TAFE/RTO: N/A
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2021 Cut-Offs
Year 12 (ATAR-based):
- Internal: 50.00
TAFE/RTO: Cert III
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Degree overview

  • Upon successful completion of this diploma, you’re guaranteed entry into the second year of many health degrees.
  • A great back up option if you don’t think you’ll get the ATAR for your preferred degree.
  • Study with South Australia’s No.1 university for graduate careers in health.1
  • UniSA College staff and support services are still there to help you while you’re studying the first year of your degree.
  • Get the full student experience with events, entertainment, sports, clubs, volunteering opportunities and more.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20, Health Services and Support — Overall Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Snapshot

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UniSA’s Diploma in Health is a two-year program which prepares you for university study and is a gateway to a bachelor’s degree. Once you’ve completed your diploma, you’re guaranteed entry into the second year of a wide range of health degrees.

This is a great pathway into UniSA, and your unstoppable career in health, if you don’t meet the direct entry requirements for the degree you initially set your sights on.

Even after completing this diploma, you can still access UniSA College staff and support services while studying the first year of your selected health degree.

Online study options are available for regional students. Students located near the Whyalla and Mount Gambier campus are welcome to use the campus facilities and to access the campus study supports. Students should apply to the City West option via SATAC, and then select ‘external’ courses when completing their enrolment. Noting that if the course is offered on campus, students can enrol in the on-campus option. Our Campus Central Teams are available to support students through this process.

What you'll need

To meet entry requirements, applicants to the nursing pathway must consider the professional registration requirements, including the English Language Skills standard, and complete a declaration stating how they will demonstrate their English language competency, as determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Further details can be accessed via the undergraduate program pages.

Undergraduate degrees in health may have pre-placement requirements that must be met prior to commencement. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit page for details.

Incomplete diplomas will not be accepted for entry into a non-linked high demand undergraduate program. Refer to Program Director (Diplomas) for further advice.

Linked degrees

The degrees linked to this diploma are:

UniSA Online linked degrees are:

Flexible study options are available, such as full-time or part-time and online studies, depending on your course selection.

*If you already know that you want to study the Bachelor of Health Science, you can apply to study the Diploma in Health, Bachelor of Health Science as a package.

**Available in Mount Gambier and Whyalla.

What you'll learn

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With a diploma, you’ll get a real taste of university and learn the invaluable skills you need to study a degree, including:

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


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

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3) Rule(s): 3
University Studies EDUC 1075 4.5
Literacy Course 1 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 2
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Numeracy Course 1 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 3 4.5 Note(s): 2
Elective 4 4.5 Note(s): 2
Elective 5 4.5 Note(s): 2
SECOND YEAR
8 courses from selected discipline area - Enrol under bachelor degree code 36 Rule(s): 4,5,6

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.

Assessment

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  • research papers
  • 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

296x202_whyddhl.pngOur diplomas 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 Health you will have the opportunity to transfer into a health related UniSA degree.

Online study

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  • 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

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 Health Science. If you already know that you want to study the Bachelor of Health Science, you can make life easier by applying for both at the same time.

Deferment

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.

Scholarships

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

You‘ll 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 succeed, 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.

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

UniSA's 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 advanced facilities including modern 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

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 Natasha Wilson

Program Director

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Program Director

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