La Trobe University

Diploma of Biological Sciences

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Vocational Education and Training (VET)
CRICOS: 00115M

Take the first step to your career in science. Build the foundations you need for further study in life sciences as you begin a lifelong journey of investigation, exploration and following your passion. La Trobe's Diploma of Biological Sciences gives you a supported pathway into a degree in biological sciences - the perfect start to potential careers in fields as diverse as life itself. Explore the essential elements of life sciences, including biology and chemistry, and build the skills to write and speak about basic scientific ideas to a wide range of audiences. As you get a taste of your future in science, you'll also be immersed in university life, studying alongside students of our Bachelor's degrees. This Diploma gives you up to one year's worth of course credit (also called advanced standing), which means you could progress directly into the second year of our Bachelor's degrees in biological sciences, depending on your degree and major.

Structure

To qualify for the award of Diploma in Biological Sciences, students must complete 120 credit points as follows: 60 core credit points 15 core-choice credit points 45 elective credit points

Subjects

  • First Year Subjects: Academic Integrity Module
  • Animal and Plant Life
  • Chemistry 1a
  • Chemistry Foundations
  • Infections, Pandemics and Epidemics
  • Making Sense of Data
  • Molecules, Genes and Cells
  • Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education

Standard entry requirements

  • Recent secondary education - VTAC prerequisite: Year 12 English prerequisite (20) - Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.
  • Non Year 12 - Vocational Education & Training: VET prerequisites - Course specific requirements - Subject proficiency: Demonstrated proficiency equivalent to stated Year 12 prerequisites.
  • Non Year 12 - Higher Education study: HE prerequisites - Course specific requirements - Subject proficiency: Demonstrated proficiency equivalent to stated Year 12 prerequisites.
  • Note: This course may be subject to alternative or extra entry requirements depending on your life circumstances and/or work experience. For the complete entry requirements, please search for your course on the La Trobe website: latrobe.edu.au/courses

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