What will I learn?

If you’re looking to pursue a career in the field of modern science, this course is your perfect pathway. You will build on the skills and knowledge gained from previously completing the MSL40188 Certificate IV Laboratory Techniques as well as focusing on analytical chemistry and quality and data processing. This hands-on course develops your skills to work in laboratories across various fields.

You will learn to analyses, apply and perform a range of processes and procedures, including aseptic techniques, biological procedures, analytical chemistry and procedures, histological tests and procedures, microbiological tests and molecular biology tests and procedures.

Work placement/industry experience

Practical placement is not a compulsory component of this course; however, students may choose to further develop their skills, and explore which areas of science they would like to work in by arranging their own work placement.

How often do I attend?

Full time - 3 days a week

Possible Career Outcomes

  • Analyst
  • Laboratory technician
  • Quality officer
  • Sampler
  • Technical officer

Further Study Options

Towards the end of your Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualification at The Gordon, you could be eligible to apply for entry at Deakin University.



Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$13,208.00 (US$ 9,317) per year
Annual Approx Additional Equipment/Materials Fee: AUD $378

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

Start date

February 2021


The Gordon

Geelong City Campus,

2 Fenwick Street,



3220, GEELONG, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students


Applicants must have completed the MSL40116 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques.


IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5 with no band below 5.0 (or equivalent); or completion of Australian Year 12; or a qualification undertaken in Australia at Certificate IV or higher and completed within the past 5 years; or university studies in Australia of at least 2 years duration. TOEFL iBT: 46-59; PTE Academic: 43-50; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 47-51; OET: C.

Age/other requirements:

You must be 18 years or over at the time of course commencement.

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About this uni

The Gordon has been providing quality vocational education and training for over 130 years.

  • Based in Geelong & Werribee which are affordable cities
  • Provides hands-on & practical training
  • Home to students from over 75 countries
  • Around 12,000 alumni worldwide