Diploma of Applied Science

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

Entry requirements




Commencing in

Trimester 1


  • Any General or Applied English subject (Units 3 & 4, C)

Assumed knowledge

  • General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C)

Important Notes

This program will be available to commencing students from Trimester 1, 2023.

About this program

The Diploma of Applied Science is a pathway program designed to help you transition into the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Environmental Science. You'll develop foundational knowledge and skills in a supportive learning environment, setting you up for success in your future studies.

You'll study academic foundations courses on chemical, biological and environmental science concepts. with additional support and access to a dedicated First Year Coordinator and (PASS) run by high-achieving students.

Industry and expert connections

You'll have access to experts from renowned research centres focused on solving the big problems. They're developing new drugs to combat cancer and infectious diseases, new sources of energy to power our society, and new ways to manage our waterways and improve food production.

If you continue this pathway into the bachelor degree, you will have the chance to participate in hands-on learning opportunities, including internships, industry placements, national and international field trips and leading research projects.

Attendance information

The Diploma of Applied Science is offered full-time and part-time on-campus.

As a full-time student you will generally attend 15-25 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the trimester. Classes may be scheduled during the day and evening throughout the week.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

My career opportunities

Graduate outcomes

This diploma provides an opportunity to learn about a broad range of scientific disciplines and gain sought-after science-related skills and knowledge. You can also use this qualification to transition into associated bachelor degrees and do majors to prepare for careers such as environmental scientist, microbiologist, biochemist, chemist, science journalist, and science teacher.

Pathways to further study

Combined diploma/degree

Once you've successfully completed this diploma, you'll be offered guaranteed entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Science (1634) or Bachelor of Environmental Science (1547).

Additional fee information

Quotas are applied for admission to the Commonwealth Supported Places. Where demand exceeds the number of available places and all places have been filled for the current admission period, applicants who meet minimum program entry requirements may be eligible for a Fee-Paying Postgraduate place if such places are available.