Start Date

0.5 year(s) full-time


Program Code

428002 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

Entry Scores
2023 Guaranteed Entry
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2022 Cut-Offs
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Degree overview

  • Based at the City West campus, with the flexibility to also study online
  • Fast-tracked six month qualification
  • Unique pathway to many health-related undergraduate degrees offered by UniSA
  • Join one of the World’s Top Young Universities1
  • Build on academic skills and personal confidence while being guided by world-class teaching staff
  • Access to state-of-the-art learning facilities

1 Ranked #46, 2022 THE Young University Rankings, Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50.



The UniSA College Undergraduate Certificate in University Studies (Health) is a university preparation program. The six-month higher education qualification offers you a unique pathway to a suite of health-related undergraduate degrees across UniSA, or other higher education providers*.

You will undertake four courses specifically designed to build both academic skills and personal confidence, within a supportive learning environment. The College offers introductory discipline specific courses with dedicated study support provided by leading educators.

Upon successful completion of the Undergraduate Certificate (Health), you will graduate with this qualification. You can use this qualification to gain entry into a number of health-related destination degrees using your competitive GPA (Grade Point Average), provided you've met any relevant prerequisites. 

There are other Undergraduate Certificate option offered through UniSA College to suit your area of interest. These include:

*Undergraduate program entry requirements must be met to obtain admission into these degrees. 

This program will not provide a direct pathway into the high demand health degrees including, but not limited to: Clinical and Exercise Physiology, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Speech Pathology and Medical Radiation Science. Contact us at for further information.

Destination Degrees

Upon successful completion of the Undergraduate Certificate (Health), you can use this qualification to gain entry into a number of destination degrees using your competitive GPA (Grade Point Average), provided you've met any relevant prerequisites. See below the full list:

*the bachelor program prerequisites must be met to obtain admission into these degrees.

In addition to what is listed above, you can also choose a number of alternative degrees including:

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:

  • writing academic assignments
  • effectively managing your time
  • how to reference
  • effectively collaborating with fellow students 

The six-month program will consist of four subjects in total. This includes one core course combined with an option of four health related discipline areas, plus two electives.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, or 6)
Critical Thinking: Media and Academia LANG 1002 4.5
Students to complete at least one of:
Introduction to Anatomy HLTH 1046 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Introduction to Human Physiology HLTH 1048 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Science for Tertiary Learning NASC 18 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Introduction to Biosciences NASC 1009 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 2
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 2

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. 

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 Undergraduate Certificate in University Studies (Health)

Why this Degree

This Undergraduate Certificate (Health) provides you with a fast-track pathway into undergraduate degrees, related to health, for those who do not meet the traditional entry requirements for direct entry.

It will help prepare you for university study by building your academic skills, prerequisite knowledge, and overall confidence. 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.

Online study

Online study

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit you. You can:

  • study online for all or part of this degree, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for teamwork and communication

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as attending seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

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

Completion of this program will provide a pathway into the majority of UniSA bachelor degrees. Please note that some bachelor programs have program prerequisites which must be adhered to. These prerequisites can be fulfilled via a combination of successfully completed SACE Stage 2, and Undergraduate Certificate in University Studies courses.

This program will not provide a direct pathway into the high demand health degrees including (but not limited to): Clinical and Exercise Physiology, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, and Speech Pathology. Please contact for further information.


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 study spaces

You will have full access to the UniSA College study space, found at the City West Campus – David Pank Building. Here you will find a dedicated ‘common room’ where students can study in a comfortable environment, with access to computers, lounges, and a small kitchen.

You may also experience our other campuses which are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, and laboratories.

Your study spaces

Your program director

Mr Tristan King

Program Director

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Mr Tristan King

Program Director


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