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Diploma of Science summary

Direct entry to second year in university

The Diploma of Science provides extra support during your first year of study, and can be followed by direct entry to the second year of a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree at the University of  Western Australia (UWA).

Quick facts about the Diploma of Science

  • Mode of study: Full time, on campus
  • Compulsory online and/or work-based training, placements, other community-based learning, collaborative research training arrangements: Not applicable
  • Award: On completion, a Diploma of Science is issued
  • Tuition fee: AU$31,340. See our fees page for more information
  • Start: February, June or October
  • Students per class: 20-25
  • Assessment: A combination of coursework assessment and final examinations
  • Duration: Eight months over two 14-week trimesters, or 12 months over three 14-week trimesters
  • Subjects: Eight units over two or three trimesters

Why you should choose Diploma of Science

Extra support for your first year of study

International students who need help to meet the entry requirements for a UWA Bachelor degree get all the academic and English language support they need from our expert teaching staff. Academic staff help keep you on track by providing regular progress reports.

Efficient alternative entry to UWA

The completion of a Diploma of Science at Taylors College Perth can lead directly into the second year of a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Western Australia.

Study alongside Australian students

Australian students who have completed high school to the standard required to enter the first year of study at UWA can also take advantage of this highly supportive study route to a UWA degree. 

Helping you settle in and achieve your best

Studying the Diploma of Science at Taylors College Perth before progressing to the University enables you to become familiar and comfortable with teaching methods in place within the Australian education system. This boosts your chances of graduating on time, and with the best possible degree outcome.

Small classes for maximum contact with teachers

Get the most out of your Diploma by learning in small groups. Class sizes are kept to a maximum of 25 students so you get lots of contact time with your teachers.

Study that fits around you

Fit your studies around the rest of your life and preferred way of working. The Diploma of Science offers you the flexibility to complete your course over eight or 12 months, with a choice of three start dates each year.

Credit transfers and exemptions

As a graduate of the Diploma of Science you may enter into the second year of a UWA Bachelor degree* with one year of advanced standing (academic credit) or eight units (48 credit points) toward the 24 units (144 credit points) course total. You need to achieve at least 50% in all eight units to successfully complete your diploma**.

* Selected majors only for the Diploma of Science

** Students who fail the same subject twice may not be eligible to progress to UWA.


Two trimester option:

Trimester 1 Trimester 2
Effective Communication A Effective Communication B
Mathematics A Mathematics B
Engineering Principles A Engineering Principles B
Physics A Chemistry

Three trimester option:

Trimester 1 Trimester 2 Trimester 3
Effective Communication A Effective Communication B Engineering Principles B
Mathematics A Mathematics B Chemistry
Engineering Principles A Physics A

Other subjects that can be studies in the trimester options include: Computing, Molecular Biology, Human Biology A and Human Biology B. The biology units enable you to major in a Biomedical Science area in your Bachelor Degree when you successfully pass your Diploma of Science.

Each unit is worth 6 credit points, for a total of 48 credit points.


Your degree following the Diploma of Science

Once you successfully achieved a pass in all eight subjects you will be awarded the Diploma of Science, and you will be guaranteed a place in the second year of the UWA Bachelor of Science degree program.

Choose one subject major from:

  • Data Science
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering Science
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Anatomy and Human Biology
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

If you want to study a Bachelor of Science major that is not listed above, you might be required to study some additional units associated with your major. The length of your undergraduate degree could change.

Visit The University of Western Australia website for more information about the Bachelor of Science

Progression to UWA’s well-rounded engineering qualification

The University’s broad approach to education helps you become a well-rounded graduate with wide knowledge and experience. You can study units that help you become academically stronger in your chosen major. At the same time, you can satisfy your personal interests and curiosities by studying units that are not related to your main focus of study.

Leading to the Master of Professional Engineering

An undergraduate major in Engineering Science gives you time to explore all of your options in engineering before deciding on a specialisation. Once you have learnt the solid foundations from your Bachelor degree, you have the option to progress to the Master of Professional Engineering. This two-year course gives you specialised knowledge of a particular field of engineering and excellent preparation for the professional world.

Employability, internships and careers

UWA has launched the careers of many brilliant engineers and the faculty’s industry partnerships include Apache, BHP Billiton, Chevron, Clough, Lycopodium, Monadelphous and Rio Tinto. Studying close to the city’s Central Business District, you can make fantastic career connections within Perth’s strong mining and energy sector.

Course Name: Diploma of Science. CRICOS Course Code: 081424E.
Provider: Study Group Australia Pty Limited trading as Taylors College. CRICOS Provider Code: 01682E.

UWA student Peter from Australia

The Diploma program offers a direct pathway for me to enter into UWA. It's been pretty fun. It's been engaging too. I feel like I can talk to the staff here.

Peter from Australia Diploma of Science

Employability, internships and careers

UWA has launched the careers of many brilliant engineers who are among the highest paid graduates in their field in Australia (The Good Universities Guide 2014).

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