La Trobe University

Diploma of Science

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00115M

There's never been a better time to build new skills and follow your passion. Apply now to secure your place at La Trobe. Dreaming of a career in science? Understand the world around you and discover a career of choice and versatility. La Trobe's Diploma of Science is a supported pathway into the Bachelor of Science – or the qualification you need to kickstart a career in entry-level roles in the science industry. Explore basic scientific concepts and learn how to harness collaboration in the laboratory. Consolidate your new knowledge and skills through practical, laboratory-based classes where you'll have opportunities for hands-on experience. And build skills in scientific communication – an essential skill for sharing outcomes with different audiences. Already know where you want to steer your career? Our wide range of electives allow you to take specialist subjects right away. Depending on your campus, choose from biochemistry, zoology, physics, molecular biology, data science and more. You'll learn alongside Bachelor's students in the same subjects, while you map out your transition to further university study. Depending on your subject selection, after successfully completing your Diploma you can transfer directly into the second year of La Trobe's Bachelor of Science. That's all thanks to the one year's worth of course credit (also called advanced standing) you could receive for the subjects you study in your Diploma.


To qualify for the award of Diploma of Science, students must complete a total of 120 credit points across 1 year.


  • First Year Subjects: Academic Integrity Module
  • Big Ideas in Science: Life, the Universe and Everything
  • Making Sense of Data
  • Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education

Standard entry requirements

Recent secondary education (within the last two years). VCE: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL. Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Bendigo International: $37,000 No
  • Full-time : 1 year
Melbourne (Bundoora) International: $37,000 No
  • Full-time : 1 year

Fee comments

Campuses: Bendigo, Melbourne (Bundoora).

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning. Fees correct Tuesday, Feb 28 2023

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