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Diploma in Education Studies

The University of Newcastle

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Discover how you can make an impact on your community and empower the next generation.

In the Diploma in Education Studies you’ll develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to start the journey towards your career in teaching. You’ll come to understand the profession of teaching, engage with various styles of teaching (pedagogy) and assessment, and explore the role of the educator in developing creative abilities in children.

You’ll learn about historical and contemporary education systems and care, including elements of education curriculum, policy and practice both in Australia and globally. Undertake specialised study in key learning areas including English, PDHPE and HSIE. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet the English and Maths level requirements needed to study an undergraduate degree.

The Diploma in Education Studies provides a degree pathway. Upon completion of the Diploma in Education Studies you’ll receive guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Education (Primary), the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) or the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary).

Areas of study

Education, Teaching, PDHPE, HSIE, English, Primary Teaching, Secondary Teaching, Early Childhood.

Career opportunities

Careers in education can be quite diverse and go beyond becoming a teacher at various levels of education. Additional roles include community educator, educational consulting, curriculum development, policy analysts, research, materials developer, evaluators or administrators.

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

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

Applicants who have at least one year vocational experience are encouraged to apply

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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.


– = 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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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.