Diploma in Educational Studies (Tertiary Preparation) (Away from Base Mode)

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode

18 months full-time

Fees (first year)*

$2060 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not available
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2023
Applications open April 2023


The Diploma in Educational Studies (Tertiary Preparation) is available by direct entry application to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Away From Base mode. Early Childhood and Primary units only available in this study mode.

This study mode allows students to live and work in their local community, while studying and attending 4 residentials of one week each on campus throughout the year.


Working opportunities in school settings but it is not a teaching qualification.

Course details

Course structure

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1, Semester 1

EDAB113 Australian Aboriginal Peoples, Cultures and Identities

EDLA100 Fundamentals of Language and Literacy

Year 1, Semester 2

EDEN102 Childrens Literature for Early Reading

EDMA100 Fundamentals of Mathematics and Numeracy

Year 2, Semester 1

NMBR143 Introduction to Mathematical Ideas

EDEN100 Foundations of Literacy

Year 2, Semester 1

EDES103 Understanding Learners and Their Contexts

EDES105 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges, Histories and Cultures

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course Map for Primary intake.

AQF framework

Diploma - AQF Level 5

Exit Points

A student who has completed 40 credit points from units prescribed for the Diploma in Educational Studies (Tertiary Preparation) may exit with the Non-Award Certificate in Educational Studies.

Entry requirements

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

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed:

  1. Year 12 with the ACU minimum eligibility rank for Diploma programs; or
  2. Entry via an alternative pathway as approved for ACU; or
  3. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants may be selected following an interview with the course coordinator and staff of the campus Indigenous Higher Education Unit. An applicant should have:
  4. Minimum of three years’ work experience; or
  5. Year 12 or equivalent; or
  6. Relevant tertiary study skills or successful completion of a Tertiary Communication Skills program.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission.

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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


Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience – A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience – you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

Further study

Depending on the units undertaken, on successful completion of this course students may be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Education (Primary), the Bachelor Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years), the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) or the Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$2060 CSP

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.

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How to apply


Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.


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