Start Date
February
July

Duration
2 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
DDSE

SATAC Code
426062 (Packaged)
426064 (Packaged)
426065 (Internal)

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
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2021 Cut-Offs
Year 12 (ATAR-based):
- Internal: 51.20
TAFE/RTO: Cert III
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Degree overview

  • Guaranteed* entry into the second year of many Science and Environment 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 & environment students.
  • Get the full student experience with events, entertainment, sports, clubs, volunteering opportunities and more.

Snapshot

Snapshot

The Diploma in Science and the Environment 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 environmental degrees.

We offer a pathway into UniSA, if you do not meet the direct entry requirements for the degree you want to study. The entry requirements for our diplomas make them more accessible for students who do not receive their desired result.

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.

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
Science for Tertiary Learning NASC 18 4.5 Note(s): 2
Literacy Course 4.5 Note(s): 1
Numeracy Course 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 7
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 7
Elective 3 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 7
Elective 4 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 7
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
4 courses from selected discipline area - Enrol under bachelor degree code Rule(s): 4,5,6
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
4 courses from selected discipline area - Enrol under bachelor degree code Rule(s): 4,5,6

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your assessments will include:

  • 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

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

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

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 should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect 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 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

Dr Natasha Wilson

Program Director

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Dr Natasha Wilson

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