Undergraduate Certificate in Science

Course Code4046
Course duration /
Study mode

Course Duration: 1 semester full-time
Study Mode: On campus, mixed mode available for some units.

LocationAvondale Campus - Lake Macquarie
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*for eligible students, see www.studyassist.gov.au 


When you study the Undergraduate Certificate in Science you can learn about

  • The diversity of life
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Environmental issues.

Throughout the course, students have the opportunity to gain knowledge and develop technical and research skills through laboratory programs, field work and industry experience.

Learning Outcomes

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 the laboratory skills required for the collection of scientific data and also the information technology acumen required for accessing, analysing and presenting these data;
  • demonstrate interdisciplinary skills and an awareness of their importance to the more integrated science of our age;
  • 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 high professional ethic, evidenced by an acceptance of the responsibilities inherent within the practice of science, as outlined by professional societies and as dictated by wider societal concerns, such as environment, safety and health.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will receive academic credit towards a full degree in science.

Admission Criteria


ATAR of 63.00+ (or equivalent e.g. OP of 15 or less)

Recent HSC Mathematics and completion of some HSC science or equivalent is recommended. Pre-requisites apply for some units of study.



If your ATAR is below 63.00 (or equivalent), you may still be able to gain entry into this course on a provisional basis. Previous work experience and educational qualifications will also be considered upon application.

Alternative admission may be obtained by one or more of the following methods:

  • Previous post-secondary qualifications at appropriate level.
  • Appropriate scores in the uniTEST and the Tertiary Online Written Assessment (TOWA),
  • Special consideration (disadvantaging factors impacting on Year 12 results).




Overseas applicants will have their entry qualifications assessed in accordance with the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy as well as the International Students Policy


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


Course Structure

Course Duration: 1 semester full-time
Study Mode: On campus, mixed mode available for some units.
Maximum Time to Complete: 1 semester.

The undergraduate certificate in science consists of 4 six-credit-point units (24 credit points) studied over one semester full-time. 

The units are BIOL16100, CHEM16300, PHYS16300 and GEOH12000.

Other units may be available subject to approval of the course convenor.  These could include units as shown below.

A selection of 4 units from the following subject areas:

  • Biological Science 
  • Chemistry
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

The units offered for each area of study are listed below. 

Biological Science
BIOL15000 Introductory Biology (semester 1 intake)
BIOL15100 The Diversity of Life (semester 2 intake)

CHEM16300 General Chemistry 
CHEM16000 Chemistry IA (semester 1 intake only)
CHEM16100 Chemistry IB (semester 2 intake only)

Food and Nutrition
DTFN11100 Food, Nutrition and Health (semester 1 intake only)

Geography/Physical Geography
GEOH11100 Responding to Global Issues (semester 1 intake only)
GEOH12000 Environmental Issues (semester 2 intake only)

MATH16400 General Mathematics
MATH16000 Mathematics IA (semester 1 intake only)

PHYS16300 General Physics (semester 2 intake)

List of Unit Semester and Prerequisites        

Unit Sem Prerequisite/s
BIOL15000 Introductory Biology 1 HSC Biology recommended
BIOL15100 The Diversity of Life 2 HSC Biology recommended
CHEM16300 General Chemistry 1 and 2* None
CHEM16000 Chemistry IA  1 HSC Chemistry or its equivalent
CHEM16100 Chemistry IB 2 HSC Chemistry or its equivalent
DTFN11100 Food, Nutrition and Health 1 None
GEOH11000 Responding to Global Issues 1 None
GEOH12000 Environmental Issues 2 None
MATH16400 General Mathematics 1 and 2* None
MATH16000 Mathematics IA 1 HSC Extension 1 Mathematics or its equivalent
MATH16100 Mathematics IB 2 MATH16000
PHYS16300 General Physics 1 HSC 2 unit science area of study, plus NSW HSC mathematics

* CHEM16300 and MATH16400 availability in semester 2 must be confirmed with the course convenor. 


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


Avondale is a self-accrediting Higher Education Provider, and the Undergraduate Certificate of Science 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

Student Administration Services

Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Email: [email protected]
Monday-Thursday, 9.00am-5pm
Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon


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