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Diploma of Higher Education Studies

Not available to international students.
Course duration
1 year/s
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
This course is only available as an Alternative Exit
International on campus
International online
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
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CDU Course Code


Diploma of Higher Education Studies
CDU Central

This Diploma is an exit qualification only, and is available to students who have withdrawn from an associate or bachelor degree, after successfully completing eight or more units in that course of study, which is equivalent to one year of full time study or part-time equivalent. This diploma provides foundation skills for further tertiary study.

Credit transfers and pathways

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

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This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Additional information

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

This course is not available for entry however is available as an alternative exit award from all CDU Associate degrees, Bachelor degrees or Honours [Embedded] degrees.

Students must have completed 80 credit points in the initial course, including one common unit.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email:


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Course structure

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

(a)  Students can apply for the Diploma of Higher Education Studies as an exit award.
(b)  Students must have completed 80 credit points in the initial course, including one common unit.
(c)  If a current exit diploma exists for the initial course, students must be considered for this exit diploma first.
(d)  If no exit diploma exists, or the course rules for the exit diploma are not met, the student will be entitled to receive the Diploma of Higher Education Studies, subject to satisfying rules (a) and (b).
(e)  Students will be entitled to one exit diploma only for each initial course.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Common Units
(1 unit)


Common units totalling 10 credit points selected from below. 

CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability

(7 units)


Units totalling 70 credit points selected from undergraduate units offered by the University. 


Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Diploma AQF Level 5 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.


Study plan

There is no recommended study plan for this course as this is an exit award only. For further information contact Student Central

Domestic students - undergraduate studies


SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS






UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW







Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE* course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.


*Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.


You will need a valid email address to create your online account.


Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.


There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner to help you apply

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.


To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

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