Credit points


Minimum duration

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Away From Base Study Mode: 18 months full-time

Approved locations

  • Ballarat
  • Blacktown
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
  • Strathfield

EFTSL value of units : All 10cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a credit point (cp) value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

Admission 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.

Completion requirements

To qualify for the Diploma a student must complete 80 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

  1. 0 - 30 cp of Foundation Units (Part A);
  2. 50 - 80 cp of Education Units (Part B)

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.

Progression requirements

Students are required to follow the pattern of unit enrolment set out in the relevant Course Enrolment Guide, unless otherwise approved by the Course Coordinator. In all aspects of progress through the course, students will be advised by the Course Coordinator.

Part A : Foundation Units

Complete 0 to 30 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
EDLA111Introductory English10
EDMA111Introductory Mathematics10
EDST111Introductory Science10

Students in Queensland or Victoria who have not met prerequisite requirements in English. Mathematics and/or Science must complete the relevant prerequisite units as part of the Diploma.

Part B : Education Units

Complete 50 to 80 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
EDES100Understanding Learning and Teaching10Education Studies Unit
EDES101Educational Thought10Education Studies Units
EDES103Understanding Learners and Their Contexts10Education Studies Units
EDES104Digital Cultures and Capabilities10Education Studies Units
EDES105Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges, Histories and Cultures10Education Studies Units
EDEN100Foundations of Literacy10Discipline Studies Units (Early Childhood) / Discipline Studies Units (Primary)
EDEN102Children's Literature for Early Reading10Discipline Studies Units (Early Childhood) / Discipline Studies Units (Primary)
EDMA163Exploring Mathematics and Numeracy10Discipline Studies Units (Early Childhood)
EDSI168Science, Inquiry and Sustainability10Discipline Studies Units (Early Childhood)
NMBR140Introduction to Mathematical Thinking10Discipline Studies Units (Primary)
EDSI100Science in Our World10Discipline Studies Units (Primary)

Students should undertake units that are relevant to the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course to which they are seeking entry .

Students who wish to seek entry to a secondary ITE course should select 4 units from Education Studies (General) and/or Foundation Units to meet prerequisite requirements in Queensland and Victoria and 4 discipline units in consultation with the Course Coordinator. 

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