General studies

CSU's Diploma of General Studies is a great option if you haven't met the entry requirements for your preferred course, or you need some extra preparation for university study. It's a one-year full-time pathway that guarantees entry into most CSU degrees. The program is offered in partnership with selected TAFE Institutes, and consists of eight subjects studied over two 17-week sessions. Four subjects are drawn from the TAFE Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (TPC) and four subjects from our bachelor level subjects to provide a solid preparation for your university studies.

By successfully completing the program you'll receive both a Diploma of General Studies from CSU and a Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) from TAFE.

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 also be granted.

Admission information

To be eligible for admission applicants must have completed the Higher School Certificate or equivalent, and TAFE may interview you to confirm your admission.

Academic expectations

For each 8 point subject at CSU, you can normally expect to spend about 10 hours a week on the required learning and assessments. The Diploma of General Studies includes four subjects per session, meaning you should expect to study full-time, or about 40 hours a week, for the full 34 weeks of the program.

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