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Diploma in Science

The University of Newcastle

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About

The University of Newcastle has a comprehensive framework for managing health emergencies and business continuity. Our team is working closely with NSW Health to ensure our response reflects the most up-to-date University of Newcastle COVID-19 advice.

If you have a passion for science and want to explore your interests further and make an impact, then the Diploma in Science is a great place to start.

Through fieldwork and lab work you’ll have plenty of opportunities to help make life-changing discoveries. Choose to study across a range of disciplines including biodiversity and conservation, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, food science, geography, earth science and psychology.

The Diploma in Science provides a degree pathway. Upon completion of the Diploma in Science you’ll receive guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Biotechnology, the Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition, the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Psychological Science.

Areas of study

Science, nutrition, environmental science, plant science, food science, chemistry, biology, physics, psychology, biotechnology, psychological science.

Career opportunities

There’s no one type of scientist and career opportunities are always evolving. You might work in a lab, discovering life-changing scientific breakthroughs. You could work in science education, sharing your passion and knowledge with the next generation. Maybe you see yourself using science to shape government policy, or something else entirely. Science gives you the flexibility to explore a path that’s right for you.

Essential requirements for admission

Applicants must satisfy the University of Newcastle English language proficiency requirements.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Any 2 units of English

Recommended studies: Any 2 units of Science

Applicants who have completed senior secondary studies are eligible for admission.

Applicants who achieve an ATAR (or equivalent) of 50 or above are eligible for consideration.

Applicants with higher education study

Applicants who have completed a minimum of 2 units of study are eligible for admission.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants who have completed a VET program at Certificate III or higher are eligible for admission.

Applicants with work and life experience

The University of Newcastle accepts a range of qualifications, including STAT tests, enabling’/pathway programs, professional qualifications, employment experience, and Australian Defense Force experience. For more information visit

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Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2022 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.

Abbreviations

– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

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Honours
Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.