The Diploma of Higher Education provides an alternative entry pathway to university study for selected undergraduate courses. If you have the drive and desire to study science at university but you don't quite meet the requirements for entry, have missed a prerequisite, particularly mathematics, have experienced educational disadvantage or are returning to study after some time away, the Diploma of Higher Education can help you achieve your academic goals.
The Diploma of Higher Education lets you begin studying towards your Monash degree from day one. When you apply for the Diploma of Higher Education, you will select a stream from education or science. These streams provide a direct pathway into the second year of specified Monash degree courses. The Diploma of Higher Education is delivered from our Clayton campus, so you will be able to access support from the relevant faculty.
In education you will be introduced to studies about learning, leaners and teaching and build a foundation in the professional skills and knowledge required to practise as a teacher/educator in a range of educational and school settings.
In science you will be introduced to a broad range of science fields by completing a sequence of study in two of the following areas: biological science, chemistry, earth science, mathematics and physics. This will allow you to gain a foundation in key scientific principles while determining your future major area of study.
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 5 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 5 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://monash.edu/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will be able to:
- achieve success in their studies and proceed to a Monash University undergraduate degree course
- achieve the understanding of mathematical principles required for future higher education study
- achieve first-year equivalent standard in an area of study in order to gain entry to a relevant degree course
- demonstrate the intellectual capabilities necessary for higher education study and scholarship
- operate as a self-directed and independent tertiary learner through the development of positive learning habits including analytical, problem-solving, oral and writing skills.
Mandatory checks and security clearances
Before participating in a professional experience placement in any educational setting, students must meet specific security clearancessecurity clearances (http://www.monash.edu/education/current-students/professional-experience/teacher-placements/clearances) that apply to the state or territory where the placement is being undertaken.
This course consists of two parts, Part A. Foundation knowledge units and Part B. Specialist discipline knowledge units within the area of study corresponding to your chosen stream.
Part A. Foundation knowledge
The two foundation knowledge units will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to be an independent learner who can succeed at university studies. You will develop enhanced writing and critical reading skills and learn how to produce essays and reports that present a critical argument and adhere to the conventions of academic presentation. You will also learn how to get the most out of lectures, tutorials and learning materials and understand the expectations of university studies.
Part B. Specialist discipline knowledge
You will complete six specialist discipline knowledge units. These units will introduce you to foundation mathematical principles and applications (if required for your destination course), the fundamentals of your chosen stream and will ensure you have the knowledge and skills necessary to take the next step in your higher education studies.
Students must complete 48 credit points comprising Part A. Foundation knowledge (12 points) for successful tertiary study and Part B. Specialist discipline knowledge (36 points) in your chosen area of study.
The units required for each field are detailed below.
The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/maps/map-d0501.pdf) will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.
Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.
Part A. Foundation knowledge (12 points)
- EDF1010 Learning in a university context
- EDF1011 Knowledge and context or EDF1012 Mathematics for tertiary study*
Part B. Specialist discipline knowledge (36 points)
Students complete the units listed in their chosen destination field.
Students complete level 1 units and special requirements as follows:
a. Two education studies units (12 points):
- EDF1303 Understanding learning and learners
- EDF1304 Understanding teaching for learning
b. Four curriculum and/or discipline units and two fieldwork/professional experience units from one of the following destination specialisation options (24 points):
Primary and secondary education
- EDF1101 Fieldwork experience 1A (0 pts)
- EDF1102 Fieldwork experience 1B (0 pts)
- EDF1205 English education 1
- EDF1206 Mathematics education 1
- two level-one discipline units (in sequence)*
Primary education double degree courses
- EDF1053 Primary professional experience 1A (0 pts)
- EDF1054 Primary professional experience 1B (0 pts)
- two units to commence a first discipline**
- two units to commence a second discipline**
Secondary education double degree courses
- EDF1055 Secondary professional experience 1A (0 pts)
- EDF1056 Secondary professional experience 1B (0 pts)
- two units to commence a first discipline***
- two units to commence a second discipline***
c. Special course requirement
National Literacy and Numeracy Test
To be eligible for admission to destination degree courses in education, students are required to achieve the standard in the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students.
- make their first attempt at completing the test by 30 June in the year of their first enrolment in the course or before they have attempted 24 credit points of study, whichever is the latter
- achieve the standard in the test by 31 December in the year of their first enrolment in the course or before they have attempted 48 credit points of study, whichever is the latter.
Students who do not achieve the standard in both the literacy and numeracy components of the test within the stipulated time will not be eligible for admission to destination degree courses in education.
Before participating in a professional experience placement in any educational setting, students must:
For advice on professional experience intervention, support and unsatisfactory progress refer to the Professional experience intervention and support policyProfessional experience intervention and support policy (http://www.monash.edu/education/current-students/policies-and-procedures/professional-experience-intervention-and-support-policy).
Students complete six level 1 science units as follows:
a. Two of the following mathematics units (12 points):
- MTH1010 Functions and their applications
- MTH1020 Analysis of change
- MTH1030 Techniques for modelling
- MTH2010 Multivariable calculus
- SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning
- STA1010 Statistical methods for science
Note: Refer to the information about mathematics and statistics units on the Faculty of Science's Level one science unitsLevel one science units (http://www.monash.edu/science/current-students/manage-your-science-studies/level-one-units) page. You should consider the strength of your mathematical background before selecting mathematics units, e.g. if you have done VCE Specialist Mathematics Units 3 and 4 with a score above 30, you would be considered to have a strong mathematical ability. If you did not complete Specialist Mathematics you may need to undertake additional private study beyond the normal workload requirements to successfully complete the mathematics units. Students are advised to discuss their mathematics options with the course leader or program director.
b. Two level 1 approved science sequences (24 points), from the following list:*
One pair of:
- FIT1045 Introduction to algorithms and programming and FIT1008 Introduction to computer science
Earth, atmosphere and environment
- EAE1011 Earth, atmosphere and environment 1 and EAE1022 Earth, atmosphere and environment 2
One pair of:
- PHS1011 Classical physics and relativity* and PHS1022 Fields and quantum physics*
- PHS1080 Foundation physics and PHS1022 Fields and quantum physics**
- PHS1031 Physics for the living world and PHS1022 Fields and quantum physics**
Progression to further studies
This diploma leads to the destination degree courses listed below. To be eligible to apply for an internal course transfer to gain direct admission into the second year of a destination course, you must:
- pass each unit in the diploma on the first attempt
- achieve the average mark required for the destination course.
If you do not meet these two requirements you are encouraged to apply for admission through VTAC. Should you gain successful admission through VTAC you will receive credit towards the degree for the units you have passed in the diploma.
Progression to education courses is also dependent on achieving the standard in the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students.
- D3001 Bachelor of Education (Honours)*
- D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts**
- D3007 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Business**
- D3008 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Computer Science**
- D3009 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Information Technology**
- D3005 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Science**
- S2000 Bachelor of Science
- D3005 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Science*
The Diploma of Higher Education can also provide a pathway into other Monash degree courses that are not destination degrees. You can apply for other courses through VTAC and you will need to make sure that you have met the prerequisites for those courses.