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What will I learn?

This course is suitable for students who do not have an educational background in Sciences. The first year of study provides academic foundation knowledge and skills and achievement at introductory level. Students are able to exit with a Diploma in Science on completion of the first year and may articulate into other Science-based Bachelor degrees.

This course is designed to provide students with basic skills and knowledge in a range of disciplines in science. The course allows students to design their own program of study, in consultation with academic staff, to suit their background knowledge and specific areas of interest. The program is highly flexible, allowing students to gain underpinning theoretical knowledge as well as practical laboratory experience in a range of discipline areas. The course encourages the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as skills in communication and lifelong learning, allowing graduates to apply these skills to their specific field of interest.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will have a broad scientific background and skills appropriate for further study, or to assist with future employment in a range of areas requiring a broad knowledge of the basic sciences.

Course Aims

To have an understanding that

  • Science is the pursuit of knowledge and understanding of the natural world following a systematic methodology based on evidence.
  • Scientists are curious about the natural world and are creative in formulating hypotheses and in designing approaches to problem solving. Scientists employ scientific methods to test hypotheses and use empirical evidence to support or refute their hypotheses.
  • Science includes a broad spectrum of disciplinary areas. Mathematics is used in science to model real-world systems and scientific data are often analysed using statistical methods.
  • Scientists have a responsibility to communicate the outcomes of their work accurately and without bias to their peers and to society.
  • Scientists generate and build knowledge, develop technologies, investigate and solve problems. Science is embedded within a context that reflects both the history of scientific endeavour and the culture of present society.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of science, including evidence-based systematic methodology involved in acquiring knowledge, and the relevance this has for society;
  • demonstrate the ability to apply recognised methods of science, appropriate practical techniques and tools for processes of discovery and inquiry;
  • critically analyse and solve scientific problems by gathering, synthesising and critically evaluating information from different sources, and selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques in order to conduct an investigation;
  • be effective communicators of science by communicating scientific information or arguments, to a range of audiences, including peers and the general community; and
  • be accountable for their own learning and scientific work by being independent and self-directed learners, working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context, and personally practising ethical conduct.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$31,600.00 (US$ 22,477) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 March 2021


University of New England (UNE)

Armidale Campus,


New South Wales,

2351, COUNTRY NSW, Australia

Online/Distance (3 Years Full-time; 6 Years Part-time)

Tuition fees
A$31,600.00 (US$ 22,477) per year
The given fee for full time and it's a guide for online students

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 March 2021

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For direct admission into undergraduate courses offered by UNE you must have completed an educational qualification considered to be at least equivalent to completion of Year 12 in Australia. English language requirements: An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic overall score of at least 6.0, with no sub-band less than 5.5. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 213 in the computer-based test OR at least 79 in the internet-based test. You must receive a rating of no less than 22 in the written component. A Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) minimum overall score of 57 with no skill less than 50.

For international students

Students must have completed an educational qualification considered equivalent to Year 12 in Australia.

Assumed knowledge is any two units of English.

An IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 6.0 with no sub-band less than 5.5; or equivalent TOEFL score of at least 213 in the computer-based test; or at least 79 in the internet-based test with no less than 22 in the written component; or a PTE Academic minimum overall score of 57 with no skill less than 50.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

The average starting salary for students after graduation from the University of New England is AUD 75,000 (The Good Universities Guide 2020).

  • Based in Armidale and Sydney, New South Wales in Australia
  • International students from 70 different nationalities
  • The Armidale campus is spread over an area of 74 hectares
  • On campus student accommodation options in Armidale