Diploma of General Studies

Course Code 4964
CRICOS Code 057321A
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 Avondale Lake Macquarie Campus
Fee Support

FEE-HELP*

*for eligible students, see www.studyassist.gov.au

About


Avondale's Diploma of General Studies (DGS) course 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. 

It may also be suitable for mature age students seeking alternative entry to a bachelor degree. 

The DGS course can also act 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 (minimum of three units) of the DGS course, students may apply to enroll 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 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 up to four units from their degree of choice. 


Admission Criteria


DIRECT ENTRY

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

WORK AND LIFE EXPERIENCE

Applicants who have completed Year 12 OR who are 19 years and above by March 1 in the year of commencement of the course may be required to sit UniTEST/TOWA.

Those who do not obtain appropriate UniTEST/TOWA scores may qualify to enter following further testing.

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

Nil

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Overseas applicants will have their qualifications assessed by Avondale Admissions in line with the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Course Policy 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 Undergraduate Course 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 and a course structure will be tailored to the students needs in consultation with the Course Convenor Diploma of General Studies.

** Under consultation with the Course Convenor Diploma of General Studies students may be able to take a reduced load of three units per semester in their first year.

Course Structure  

Semester 1

GSTL17000 Academic Principles

ARTS11110 The Art of Scholarship

100-level unit in your proposed area of study

100-level unit in your proposed area of study

 

Semester 2

GSTL15000 Tertiary Writing

ARTS11100 Interpreting Media Messages

100-level unit in your proposed area of study

100-level unit in your proposed area of study

 


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To find out more about any of the units listed here, copy the unit code and then search for that unit here.

Accreditation


Avondale is a self-accrediting Higher Education Provider, and the Diploma of General Studies course is offered within the terms of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). In 2014 Avondale was granted self-accrediting status by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).


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

FEE-HELP available for eligible students, see www.studyassist.gov.au


View current information on tuition fees

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for Avondale students.

View all scholarship information. http://www.avondale.edu.au/future-students/finance/scholarships/   

Testimonials

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