Diploma in Educational Studies (Tertiary Preparation)

Australian Catholic University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 093165J

Level of study: Certificates & Diplomas


The Diploma in Educational Studies (Tertiary Preparation) is designed for domestic and international students who want to undertake a pre-service teacher degree in Early Childhood, Primary, or Secondary education but do not meet the admission rank for a Bachelor’s program and/or do not meet the required Science/English/Maths subject prerequisites in QLD and/or VIC for their desired pre-service teaching degree. By completing this pathway course, students may then be eligible enter the relevant Bachelor degree with credit.

Students can select the required prerequisite units, as well as units from the first year of the relevant pre-service teacher degree courses. Once you successfully transfer, students can gain formal recognition for the relevant pre-service teacher units successfully completed that are beyond the stated prerequisite requirements.

The Diploma in Educational Studies (Tertiary Preparation) is also available by direct entry application to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Away From Base mode. Early Childhood and Primary units only available in this study mode


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

Working opportunities in school settings, but this is not a teaching qualification.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
25,568 Per Year 26 Feb 2024 1 year
Full time
Ballarat Campus
1200 Mair Street
Ballarat Victoria 3350
25,568 Per Year 26 Feb 2024 1 year
Full time
Melbourne Campus
115 Victoria Parade
Melbourne Victoria 3065

Entry criteria

Recognised international high school qualification

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A minimum of 7.0 in Reading and Writing and a minimum of 7.5 in listening and speaking

Pearson Test of English (PTE): A minimum of 65 in reading and writing and a minimum of 73 in listening and speaking

Test of English as a Foreign Language - Academic (TOEFL): Internet-based TOEFL (TOEFL iBT) with a minimum of 27 in reading, 29 in writing, 27 in listening and 24 in speaking

ACU English Language Test: A+ (80 or above)

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): A minimum of 185 in reading and writing and a minimum of 191 in listening and speaking.


Australian Catholic University
North Sydney Campus
40 Edward Street
Sydney New South Wales 2060
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