Certificate in Liberal Arts

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 3 locations

0.5 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$7720 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2024
Applications open August 2023
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2024
Applications open April 2024


The Certificate in Liberal Arts offers you the opportunity to explore ideas and topics from a wide range of disciplines across the humanities and the arts, and social sciences. Designed to help students think critically about the world around them, this non-award course will equip you with in-depth foundational skills and knowledge in four areas chosen from units listed in the Schedule of Unit Offerings for the Bachelor of Arts degree subject to campus availability.


The Certificate in Liberal Arts prepares students for a diverse range of careers in areas such as:

  • government
  • industry
  • journalism
  • creative arts
  • education

Course details

Course structure

Course map

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Commencing Semester 1

  • Elective unit from the Bachelor of Arts10 cp
  • Elective unit from the Bachelor of Arts10 cp
  • Elective unit from the Bachelor of Arts10 cp
  • Elective unit from the Bachelor of Arts10 cp

Commencing Semester 2

AQF framework


Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Alternate entry provisions apply to students accepted through the Clemente Australia program.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission.

English language requirements

Academic IELTS; or IELTS indicator online test

Overall score: 6.0 Individual score of 5.5 in all tests

PTE Academic

50 with a minimum of 42 in all four communicative skills


Internet based score of 60 with: minimum 18 in writing, 8 in reading, 16 in speaking and 7 in listening


Overall CAE score 176, Minimum score of 169 in all tests

ACU English Language test; or ACU EA

C (60-62%)

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Further study

A UniAccess-Australia student who successfully completes four units specified by a UniAccess program may either leave with a Certificate qualification and/or make a direct application to ACU, against specified criteria, for a place in the Bachelor of Arts (or other Commonwealth-supported courses). All applications will be considered on the basis of academic merit.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$7720 Fee-paying

* indicative only.

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

Search our scholarships 

How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct application

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No deferment available.


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