Diploma - Alternative Pathway

We provide a suite of Diploma courses to introduce you to university study. They are the equivalent to the first year of a bachelor degree, and can equip you with entry requirements for many JCU degrees.

New Diploma of Higher Education (stream of study) for 2015

A new Diploma of Higher Education (stream of study) is being designed for 2015. The Diploma of Higher Education will be a 1-year introductory course (two years part-time) designed to provide students with a supported pathway to higher education success. This course is for students who didn't qualify for direct entry into their target bachelor degree or for those seeking additional support and preparation before moving into bachelor degree study.


Students can study a mix of introductory and first year subjects in eight study streams:

  • Business
  • Business Studies
  • IT
  • Society and Culture
  • Health
  • Science
  • Engineering & Applied Science
  • General Studies

*Business stream only available for students who meet Business degree entry standards


On successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education, students can graduate with the qualification or apply for entry into a Bachelor course at JCU. Students transferring into a Bachelor course may receive advanced standing for successfully completed subjects.



Our Alternative Pathways website shows how we are making university education accessible and achievable for a wider range of people in our region with special entrance schemes. Talk to our Student Enquiries Centre staff about which pathway is right for you.