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Would your career aspirations be boosted by a university degree? CSU's Diploma of General Studies is a pathway program offering you guaranteed entry to most CSU bachelor degrees – bringing to life a broad range of career choices and opportunities.

The general studies course at CSU is a one-year full-time pathway program designed to prepare you for university if you don't meet the entry requirements for your chosen course or if you require further preparation for university study.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Diploma of General Studies introduces you to the requirements of university-level learning and provides you with solid preparation for your university studies.

    Pathway to your CSU degree

    This course is offered in Bathurst, Dubbo, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga in partnership with selected TAFE NSW institutes and includes eight subjects studied over two 17-week sessions. Four subjects from the TAFE Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (TPC) and four subjects from CSU's bachelor level subjects will provide you with a solid preparation for your university studies. In Albury-Wodonga you'll study four CSU bachelor subjects and the Victorian TPC through Wodonga TAFE.

    Position yourself for success

    Small class sizes enable you to participate and contribute to group activities and help you to build valuable connections with your teachers and fellow students. You'll have access to CSU and TAFE on-campus and online services, support and facilities.

    Where it will take you

    On successful completion of the program, you will secure a Diploma of General Studies from CSU, Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) from TAFE, guaranteed entry into most CSU degrees and, in some cases, credit for up to four CSU subjects in the bachelor degree.

    Guaranteed entry

    Successful completion of the Diploma of General Studies provides guaranteed entry into most CSU degrees. In some cases, credit for up to four CSU subjects in a bachelor degree will be granted. Find out more about guaranteed entry to CSU degree courses.

    Orientation and support

    You'll take part in a comprehensive orientation to the academic and social aspects of the program and studying at CSU. Access face-to-face teaching and support throughout your CSU and TAFE studies.

  • Credit and pathways

    Victorian applicants

    Upon admission students are awarded a standard entry credit level package of 32 points (initially represted as Forward Credit (FCR)) for the Certificate IV in Further Education).

    This will be represented on academic transcripts as:

    • XYZ04C 4 Unspecified Electives - 32 credit points

    NSW Applicants

    NSW TAFE units are packaged into CSU subjects therefore there is no credit transfer required upon enrolment.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    In NSW, this course consists of a total of eight subjects (equivalent to 64 credit points).

    These 64 points include:

    4 CSU subjects (32 points)

    • COM173 Reasoning and Writing
    • MGT173 Understanding Organisations and Management
    • SCI173 Understanding Science
    • EED173 Human Development

    and the equivalent of 4 subjects (32 points) from,

    the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (TAFE NSW Riverina Institute, TAFE NSW Western Institute, or TAFE NSW North Coast Institute)

    • STA172 Introductory Mathematics and Statistics
    • MTH172 Mathematics
    • ESL172 Language and Learning Skills
    • EML172 Apply Language and Learning Skills

    In Victoria, this course consists of a total of four subjects (equivalent to 32 credit points).

    These 32 points include:

    4 CSU subjects (32 points)

    COM173 Reasoning and Writing
    MGT173 Understanding Organisations and Management
    SCI173 Understanding Science
    EED173 Human Development

    The equivalent of 32 credit points are FCR (Forward Credited) from the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation awarded by Wodonga TAFE VIC.

    Enrolment pattern

    Full-time On Campus

    Session 1

    ESL172 Language and Learning Skills

    STA172 Introductory Mathematics and Statistics

    COM173 Reasoning and Writing

    EED173 Human Development

    Session 2

    EML172 Apply Critical Language and Learning Skills

    MTH172 Mathematics

    MGT173 Understanding Organisations and Management

    SCI173 Understanding Science

  • Admission information

    To be eligible for admission applicants must have completed the Higher School Certificate or equivalent.

    TAFE may interview potential applicants to confirm admission.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYNNKXPT
    UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNN214014
    UACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN214011
    UACOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYNN214010
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNNKXWD
    UACOn CampusBathurstCGSYNN214017
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNNKXRT
    DirectOn CampusBathurstCGSYNNKXBT

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points.

  • How to apply
    How to Apply

    To apply for the Diploma of General Studies you need to lodge an application with CSU and the corresponding TAFE partner. You can apply direct to CSU, or applicants to study on campus at Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst or Wagga Wagga can list the Diploma of General Studies as a preference through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

    Further information about enrolling with the TAFE partner will be provided if you are successful in gaining admission to the Diploma of General Studies.

    When applying online, you will need to complete the Student Authority Waiver and upload using the document upload feature. The form can be completed online, signed digitally, saved to your desktop and uploaded like a normal PDF file.

    PLEASE NOTE: This course is only available to Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens, Permanent Residents and holders of an Australian Permanent Humanitarian Visa.

    Apply through UAC

    Admission code:

    • Albury-Wodonga - 214011
    • Bathurst - 214017
    • Port Macquarie - 214010
    • Wagga Wagga - 214014

    Apply through UAC (for full-time on campus study only)

    Apply Online

    Admission code:

    • Wodonga TAFE (Albury) - KXWD
    • Riverina TAFE (Wagga Wagga) - KXRT
    • Western TAFE (Bathurst) - KXBT
    • Port Macquarie - KXPT

    Apply online

    Numbers in this course are limited and viability will depend on enrolment numbers

    Please contact the CSU Admissions Office on 02 6933 4334 or by email on admissions@csu.edu.au should you have any queries.

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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