Key information

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Study mode

On campus
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Campus locations

Albury-Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Bathurst
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Duration

1 year full-time
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Admission information

keyboard_arrow_rightEntry requirements

CSU has a variety of pathways and admissions requirements for study. Details of the types of 'bonus points' and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants are set out in the CSU institutional admissions information and CSU's general admissions policy.

You can also view details about the applicants who commenced this course last year in the ATAR profile and See the student profile.

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Session availability

Session 1 201830

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

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.

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Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

The following subjects may have a residential school component:

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

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Career opportunities

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

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.

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Diploma of General Studies is only available to study on campus.

The Diploma of General Studies is only available to study online.

You can study the Diploma of General Studies online or on campus.

Check your session and application dates open_in_new

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOn campusPort MacquarieCGSYNNKXPT
UACOn campusWagga WaggaCGSYNN214014
UACOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN214011
UACOn campusPort MacquarieCGSYNN214010
DirectOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNNKXWD
DirectOn campusWagga WaggaCGSYNNKXRT
UACOn campusBathurstCGSYNN214017
DirectOn campusBathurstCGSYNNKXBT
UACOn campusDubboCGSYNN2144015
DirectOn campusDubboCGSYNNKXDS

LEGEND
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

Check your session and application dates open_in_new

Campus locations listed for online 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
DirectOn campusWagga WaggaCGSYNNKXRT
UACOn campusBathurstCGSYNN214017
DirectOn campusBathurstCGSYNNKXBT
UACOn campusDubboCGSYNN2144015
DirectOn campusDubboCGSYNNKXDS

LEGEND
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

Molly Vardanega - Diploma of General Studies

"Studying the Diploma of General Studies has helped me gain the skills I needed to enter the course (CSU’s Bachelor of Animal Science)I have always wanted to do. It has made me believe in myself and that there is always a way to get what you want in the end.”

Molly Vardanega - Diploma of General Studies

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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

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 WritingMGT173 Understanding Organisations and ManagementSCI173 Understanding ScienceEED173 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 StatisticsMTH172 MathematicsESL172 Language and Learning SkillsEML172 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.

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 Western Sydney Institute, 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.

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

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points.

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government student loan system.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

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

Already studied with CSU? Our 10 per cent Alumni discount applies to this course.

Online students receive one free textbook per subject.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre
(UAC)

Are you a school leaver wanting to study on campus?

Important dates

30 Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Want to study at Albury-Wodonga Campus and don’t live in NSW or ACT?

Important dates

28 Sep 2017
VTAC on time applications close

10 Oct 2017
VTAC special consideration (SEAS) applications close

16 Jan 2018
VTAC first round offers released

Charles Sturt University
(CSU)

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

29 Sep 2017
2017 Session 3 Late Application date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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Apply direct to CSU

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

29 Sep 2017
2017 Session 3 Late Application date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

Check the full list of application dates open_in_new

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