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Progressing Between SCU Courses

The University provides a variety of preparatory, Diploma and Associate Degree pathways into SCU Bachelor and Masters degrees that facilitate entry (admission) while offering maximum credit for prior learning (advanced standing).

View the PDF SCU Preparatory, Diploma and Associate Degree Pathways document for specific credit details by course.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Preparatory pathways

Career Start undergraduate pathways for International Students

Career Start in Science and Career Start in Business are 1 year, full-time courses that include the study of English for Academic Purposes, digital literacy and academic skills development, as well as foundation knowledge and skills in the disciplines of science or business management.

Students who successfully complete a career start course will receive up to 4 units (one session) of credit into a range of SCU Diploma, Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree courses:

Business progression optionsScience progression options
Diploma of Business; Associate Degree of Business; Bachelor of Accounting; Bachelor of Business; Bachelor of Business Administration; Bachelor of Business in Convention and Event Management; Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management; Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management; Bachelor of Information Technology.Diploma of Science; Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Environmental Science; Bachelor of Forest Science and Management; Bachelor of Marine Science and Management; Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering; Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering.

Undergraduate Qualifying Program pathways for International Students

The Undergraduate Qualifying Program (UQP) pathway is designed for international students whose academic qualifications and/or English proficiency levels are slightly below the entry requirements for undergraduate degrees.

In just one full-time session, students will study English for Academic Purposes, digital literacy and academic skills development, as well as two business units to prepare for undergraduate study in a range of SCU business and tourism degrees.

Students who successfully complete the UQP will receive up to 4 units (one session) of credit into a discipline related SCU Diploma, Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree:

Undergraduate Business progression options
Diploma of Business; Associate Degree of Business; Bachelor of Accounting; Bachelor of Business; Bachelor of Business Administration; Bachelor of Business in Convention and Event Management; Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management; Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management; Bachelor of Information Technology.

Postgraduate Qualifying Program pathways for International Students

The Postgraduate Qualifying Program (PQP) pathway is designed for international students whose academic qualifications and/or English proficiency levels are slightly below the entry requirements for postgraduate degrees.

In just one full-time session, students will study English for Academic Purposes and two postgraduate business units to prepare for postgraduate study in a range of SCU business and tourism degrees.

Students who successfully complete the PQP will receive up to 2 units (half a session) of credit into a discipline related SCU Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters Degree:

Postgraduate Business progression options
Graduate Certificate in Business; Graduate Diploma in Business; Master of Business Administration; Master of Professional Accounting; Graduate Certificate in International Tourism and Hotel Management; Graduate Diploma in International Tourism and Hotel Management; Master of International Tourism and Hotel Management; Le Cordon Bleu Master of Gastronomic Tourism.

Diploma and Associate Degree pathways into Bachelor Degrees

At SCU, one year diploma or two-year associate degrees with the SCU College or Schools lead to professional careers in accounting; business; information technology; tourism and hospitality; health; science; engineering; law and arts.

SCU Diploma/Associate Degree Paths provide:

  • the opportunity to learn in a well-supported environment;
  • immediate employment options;
  • a guaranteed place of study in a discipline related SCU Bachelor Degree if you meet the University's minimum English language requirements;
  • maximum credit for prior learning; and
  • the option to achieve multiple nationally recognised qualifications in a reduced time frame, boosting your income potential.

There are a number of core units within the Diplomas and Associate Degrees, which provide the foundation skills to support successful university studies.

When selecting specialisations (from elective unit options) available in your Diploma or Associate Degree, please choose the elective units of study carefully. You should plan to study the units that are most appropriate for your immediate professional goals.

If you plan to transition (articulate) into higher level studies at SCU after completing your Diploma or Associate Degree, with maximum credit for your prior related learning, you should become familiar with the units of study in the higher degree and choose units of study that are common to both courses wherever possible.

Selection of elective units within an Associate Degree should occur with reference to the Course Progressions detailed online in the relevant Course Structure - (see SCU Courses) and with assistance from your Course Coordinator.

For instance, if your are an international student studying the Diploma of Science the electives you would select within the Diploma to be able to progress, with maximum credits (advanced standing), into the Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Biology, will differ considerably from the electives you would select to progress, into the Bachelor of Science majoring in Engineering.

If your are a domestic student studying the Associate Degree of Science the electives you would select within the Associate Degree to be able to progress, with maximum credits (advanced standing), into the Bachelor of Science may differ from the electives you would select to progress into the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering.

Maximum credit for prior learning requires careful selection of units within the diploma or associate degree course structure.

The Diploma/Associate Degree paths into discipline related Bachelor Degrees are illustrated below in downloadable diagrams.

SCU Diploma Pathways (International Students only)

PDF Paths for Diploma of Science graduates into Science and Environmental Science Degrees

PDF Paths for Diploma of Business graduates into Business and Tourism Degrees

PDF Paths for Diploma of Business graduates into Law Degrees

PDF Paths for Diploma of Science graduates into Engineering and Urban Planning Degrees

SCU Associate Degree Pathways

PDF Paths for Associate Degree of Science graduates into Science and Environmental Science

PDF Paths for Associate Degree of Science graduates into Engineering and Urban Planning Degrees

PDF Paths for Associate Degree of Business graduates into Business and Tourism Degrees

PDF Path for Associate Degree of Business graduates into Law Degrees

PDF Paths for Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) into Law Degrees

PDF Path for Associate Degree of Information Technology graduates into Information Technology Degrees

PDF Paths for Associate Degree of Health graduates into Health Science Degrees, such as Sport and Exercise Science, Psychological Science, Clinical Science and Biomedical Science.

PDF Paths for Associate Degree of Health graduates into Allied Health Degrees, like Pedorthics, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology.

PDF Path for Associate Degree of Arts graduates into Arts Degree

PDF Path for Associate Degree of Creative Writing into Arts Degree

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What do Diploma/Associate Degree students and graduates say?

Current students and graduates appreciate the skills and knowledge they learn and the employment advantage they have gained from completing a Diploma/Associate Degree pathway.

Sharni Bodna says:

Sharni Bodna
"I didn't want to go straight into a Bachelor degree after school. I knew I wanted to do something in allied health, but I didn't know which path to take. By studying the Associate Degree in Allied Health, I had the opportunity of transferring into a range of allied health Bachelor degrees SCU had to offer. SCU College has a really supportive environment. It makes university a lot easier for first timers."

Yixin Hu says:

Yixin H
"I was unable to begin my Bachelor's degree in Australia as I needed to improve on my English language in higher education. This is why I enrolled in the Diploma of Business to assist me with improving my academic skills. I learned a lot about business, which I didn't know before and my English is getting better and better. The Diploma has provided me with a good base for higher level study and the SCU College has a wonderful learning environment for international students. When I graduate I will be moving into the second year of the Bachelor or Business with 8 credits and just two years of study remaining."