Diploma of General Studies

Course Code 4964
Course duration /
Study mode

Course duration: One year full-time (or part-time equivalent)*
Study mode: On-campus
*You may not be required to complete the full year of the DGS before transferring to an undergraduate degree, based on results and successful completion of units. 

Location Lake Macquarie
Sydney

It only takes one opportunity... to create a fresh start. 

Apply Now How to Apply

About


Avondale's Diploma of General Studies (DGS) course is a proven pathway to tertiary studies. The DGS is designed to assist you to develop the skills needed for entry into a range of degree courses, or to secure employment. The course provides individual help with critical thinking, essay and assignment writing, managing a study program and other skills necessary for academic success. 

The DGS course also acts as a pathway into bachelor degree studies at Avondale for those who do not meet the direct entry requirements. Many students are able to start their chosen Avondale undergraduate degree after just one semester in the DGS course if they make successful academic progress. 


Career Opportunities


Upon successful completion and satisfactory performance in the first semester (four units) of the DGS course, the student may apply to enrol in an Avondale undergraduate degree. Students using the DGS as a pathway to a degree may be eligible to transfer academic credits when transferring to a chosen degree. 

DGS students may be eligible for a number of pathways which take into consideration course requirements and individual needs. Some of the pathway options include taking four generic skill units, a mix of generic and degree specific units or in some cases when specific requirements are met, students may be eligible to commence four units from their degree of choice. 


Admission Criteria


ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

Applicants are generally expected to have completed Year 12 (or equivalent) with a minimum ATAR of 45 (New South Wales) or OP of 21.

WORK AND LIFE EXPERIENCE

Persons of mature age (19 years and above) by March 1 in the year of commencement of the course who hold appropriate UniTEST/TOWA scores.

Those who have not been successful in a UniTEST/TOWA may qualify to enter.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Overseas applicants will have their qualifications assessed by Avondale Admissions in line with the Admission Policy for Undergraduate Higher Education Courses found at http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=MjQ=  Overseas applicants are also required to satisfy Australian Government visa requirements http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=Mzg3

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English as per the Admission to Higher Education policy found at http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=MjQ=


Course Structure


Course duration: One year full-time (or part-time equivalent)*
Study mode: On-campus

Maximum Time to Complete: Two years

*You may not be required to complete the full year of the DGS before transferring to an undergraduate degree, based on results and successful completion of units.

Course Structure

Path G

Semester 1

GSTL15000

GSTL16000

GSTL17000

CHST16110 or CSTD10400

Semester 2

Any four units available/eligible for enrolment, with the approval of the course convenor

Path 1

Semester 1

GSTL15000

GSTL16000 or GSTL17000

CHST16110 or CSTD10400

100-level elective

Semester 2

Any four units available/eligible for enrolment, with the approval of the course convenor

Path 2

Semester 1

GSTL15000

GSTL16000 or GSTL17000 or CHST16110

100-level elective

100-level elective

Semester 2

Any four units available/eligible for enrolment, with the approval of the course convenor

Path 3

Semester 1

GSTL15000

100-level elective

100-level elective

100-level elective

Semester 2

Any four units available/eligible for enrolment, with the approval of the course convenor

Path 4

Semester 1

100-level elective

100-level elective

100-level elective

100-level elective

Semester 2

Any four 100-level units available/eligible for enrolment, with the approval of the course convenor


Where to get further information


Course Enquiries

Admissions

Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Email: study@avondale.edu.au
Monday-Thursday, 9.00am-5pm
Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon

Student Experience Survey

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching

Fees

View current information on tuition fees

Scholarships

View current scholarships available

Testimonials

"General studies helped improve my academic skills and gave me the confidence to transition into a bachelor degree." - Diploma of General Studies student