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1 year/s full-time
2 year/s part-time


This course is only available as an Alternative Exit


Not available to international students.

Credit points required


Course code



This Diploma is an exit qualification only, and is available to students who have withdrawn from an associate or bachelor degree, after successfully completing eight or more units in that course of study, which is equivalent to one year of full time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 advanced standing

Credit transfer

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


Study Education at CDU

Why study education at CDU?

Educate and inspire the next generation with a teaching degree at CDU. You'll gain the skills and knowledge to enter the classroom with confidence, equipped with a nationally-accredited degree to work anywhere in Australia.

  • #1 for teaching employment outcomes in Australia (GUG 2022)
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • Complete placements close to home
  • Unique opportunities for regional and remote placements

What will I study?

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

Course structure

(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

Entry requirements

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 ModuleA 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 ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA 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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Charles Darwin University has arranged some great placements for me, all within 10 minutes of my home in regional New South Wales. I like that you're in a classroom early in the degree, learning the ropes. And I got to experience different types of schools, demographic areas and leadership styles.


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CDU teaching student in regional NSW smiling at the camerA

Course details


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

Australian qualification framework

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

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Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Diploma of Higher Education Studies
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Area of study

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on: 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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Domestic applications

Contact Student Central for information on how to apply for this exit award.

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