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Undergraduate Certificate in Science

Why study with us?

The Undergraduate Certificate in Science is a pathway into science focused university degrees. This course centres around biology, chemistry, physics and environmental issues and gives students the flexibility to structure their studies around personal areas of interest. Through field work, industry experience and laboratory programs, students can expand their knowledge and develop technical skills.

As a tertiary pathway, this certificate can lead into our Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching programs.

Key Information

Study Mode:
On campus
Avondale Campus - Lake Macquarie
Full-time: 0.5 years, Part-time: Equivalent years
Course Code:

Course Details

Upon successful completion of the Undergraduate Certificate in Science, graduates will be able to:
  • demonstrate a sound grasp of the factual and conceptual bases undergirding a range of scientific discipline areas and an ability to focus these bases for the solution of field and laboratory problems;
  • demonstrate interdisciplinary skills and an awareness of their importance;
  • display effective oral, written, and graphic communication skills;
  • demonstrate collaborative skills conducive to effective teamwork;
  • demonstrate a capacity for both independent and cooperative engagement with new thought, which will facilitate lifelong learning;
  • demonstrate an integrated personal philosophy of science, informed by both a thoroughly Christian worldview and an awareness of the historical, philosophical and cultural context of science;
  • demonstrate a strong professional ethic, evidenced by an acceptance of the responsibilities within the practice of science, as outlined by professional societies and as dictated by wider societal concerns, such as environment, safety and health.
  • demonstrate the laboratory skills required for the collection of scientific data and also the information technology skills required for accessing, analysing and presenting these data;

There are many options for satisfying the entry requirements for our courses. An applicant needs to meet at least one of the following entry requirements to be given an offer to study at Avondale.

I have completed my secondary education in Australia or New Zealand and achieved:

*Applicants must not be a current year 12 (or equivalent) student and must be 18 years or older at the time of commencing their course.

I have completed a Vocational education and training (VET) course in Australia or New Zealand and achieved:

  • an Australian Certificate IV, or
  • an equivalent New Zealand certificate, as approved by the Director, Student Administration Services.

I have already attended university in Australia or New Zealand and:

  • successfully completed at least 2 units of a Bachelor’s degree or
  • completed a bridging or enabling course, or another recognised tertiary preparation course; or
  • successfully completed at least three units of Avondale’s Undergraduate Certificate in University Preparation.

I have completed my secondary education or higher education qualification overseas:

  • refer to the Admission Policy (HE) for specific information regarding both the minimum academic entry standards (Appendix 1) and the English language proficiency requirements (Appendix 2).

I have other work and life experience:

If a Senior Secondary Certificate has not been completed, an eligible applicant may sit an admission test (uniTEST and TOWA or the Skills for Tertiary Admission Test).

In exceptional circumstances, an applicant may be admitted based on equivalent qualifications or work and life experience as assessed by the Course Convenor or delegate and/or the DVC Academic.

International Students

This course is not available to international students.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.5, with a minimum score of 7.0 in reading and writing, and a minimum score of 8.0 in listening and speaking.

Advanced Standing

Applicants who have completed prior study may be eligible for advanced standing (credit recognition). Applicants should discuss their eligibility for advanced standing with the Admissions Team or the Course Convenor.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Science consists of 4 six credit point units (24 credit points) studied for one semester full-time, or part-time equivalent. These four units can be chosen from the table below.

Units Offered




BIOL15000 Introductory Biology


HSC Biology recommended

BIOL15100 The Diversity of Life


HSC Biology recommended

CHEM16300 General Chemistry

1 and 2*


CHEM16000 Chemistry IA


HSC Chemistry or its equivalent

CHEM16100 Chemistry IB


HSC Chemistry or its equivalent

DTFN11100 Food, Nutrition and Health



GEOH11000 Responding to Global Issues



GEOH12000 Environmental Issues



MATH16400 General Mathematics

1 and 2*


MATH16000 Mathematics IA


HSC Extension 1 Mathematics or its equivalent

MATH16100 Mathematics IB



PHYS16300 General Physics


HSC 2 unit science area of study, plus HSC mathematics

* CHEM16300, PHYS16300 and MATH16400 availability must be confirmed with the Course Convenor.

Second year units are also available for those who have completed previous units in science. Since the Undergraduate Certificate in Science is a flexible pathway, potential students should contact the Course Convenor to gain approval for their unit selection.

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

To view unit information, note the unit code and search for the unit in  Unit Outlines.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will receive full credit towards the following Avondale degree/s:

  • Bachelor of Arts

  • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Teaching

  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching

The Undergraduate Certificate in Science can also help strengthen the careers of current teachers who are wanting to expand their range of teaching areas, as well as provide general career opportunities in the science field.

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