Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education.

If you are seeking to commence your studies in 2016, please visit our new Find A Course for 2016.

Course codeD0501
Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleDipHigherEd
CRICOS code084708B
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT

This course of study must be completed in a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 4 years, and enrolment must be continuous.

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Monash Connect: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274)

Faculty of EducationFaculty of Education (

Science: telephone +61 3 9905 4604, email or visit

Course coordinator

Student advisersStudent advisers (


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course is not available to holders of an Australian international student visa.


This course provides an alternative entry pathway to university study. It is particularly suited to students who have experienced educational disadvantage and require additional learning support in their first year of study. The course offers a stream in science for students seeking a pathway into an undergraduate degree in science, mathematics or related areas. For further information about the course refer to the Diploma of Higher EducationDiploma of Higher Education ( website.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 5, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 5, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

(1.) achieve success in their studies and proceed to a Monash undergraduate degree

(2.) achieve first-year equivalent standard in an area of study in which they wish to gain entry to a degree

(3.) develop the intellectual capabilities necessary for tertiary study and scholarship

(4.) operate as self-directed and independent tertiary learners through the development of positive learning habits including analytical, problem-solving, oral and writing skills.


This course consists of two core units and six first-year science units relevant to a Monash University undergraduate science or related degree. All units are 6 credit points.


Students must complete:

(a.) two core units (12 points):

  • EDF1010 Learning in a university context
  • EDF1011 Knowledge and context

(b.) six first-year science units (36 points):

(i.) two of the following mathematics units (12 points):

  • MTH1010 Functions and their applications*
  • MTH1020 Analysis of change
  • SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning
  • STA1010 Statistical methods for science

* Unless the equivalent Year 12 studies have already been completed to an appropriate standard.

(ii.) four level-one units (24 points) from the Faculty of ScienceFaculty of Science (, comprising a level-one approved sequence in two of the following disciplines:

  • Biological sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for guidance on how to plan your unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Progression to further studies

Students who pass all eight units and achieve a minimum weighted average mark of 60 per cent (credit) in the diploma will be eligible to enrol in D3005 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Science or S2000 Bachelor of Science and receive credit for up to 48 points for units passed in this diploma.


Diploma of Higher Education