Charles Darwin University International College
First Year Diploma Programmes

First Year Diploma programmes are two semester courses that function as an alternative first year of an undergraduate degree at Charles Darwin University. The programmes are for students who are close to meeting academic and English entry requirements but require some additional support for their first year of study.

Successful completion of the First Year Diploma programme allows for direct entry into the second year of an undergraduate degree in Business, Accounting or IT.

CRICOS course codes:
Business Studies: 0100739 (NT), Information Technology: 0100740 (NT)

Charles Darwin University CRICOS Provider Code 00300K (NT/VIC) 03286A (NSW), RTO Provider Code 0373

CDU First Year Diploma Programs
01.

Diploma of Business Studies

Successful completion of this programme allows direct entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Business or the Bachelor of Accounting. All degree specialisations are available. Units replicate the content, delivery and assessment of equivalent degree units at CDU, along with specialised English language and academic support.

CDU Accounting courses are CPA-accredited – completion of the degree allows graduates to apply for membership of CPA Australia and the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Degree majors include:

  • Economics
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • (or double major – combining two of the above)

Course structure

  • Two semesters, four units per semester
  • 3 core units + 5 optional units
  • All units have 6 contact hours per week
  • Semesters are 13 weeks long (12 teaching weeks + 1 exam week)
Core Units
  • Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
  • Cultural Intelligence and Capability
  • Business and Professional Communications
Optional Units (choose 5)
  • Quantitative Analysis for Business
  • Introduction to Management
  • Fundamentals of Marketing (required for business stream)
  • Introduction to Accounting (required for accounting stream)
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Introduction to Management
  • Business Economics
02.

Diploma of Information Technology

Successful completion of this programme allows direct entry into the second year of the CDU Bachelor of Information Technology degree programme, a degree accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Degree majors include:

  • Information and communication Technology
  • Network Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Science
Units are aligned with the content, delivery and assessment of equivalent degree units at CDU, along with specialised English language and academic support.

Course structure

  • Two semesters, four units per semester
  • 3 core units + 4 IT Specialist units + 1 Optional unit
  • All units have 6 contact hours per week
  • Semesters are 13 weeks long (12 teaching weeks + 1 exam week)
Core units
  • Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
  • Cultural Intelligence and Capability
  • Business and Professional Communications
IT Units (All required)
  • Computing Fundamentals
  • Software Now
  • Statistics
  • Operating Systems and Applications
Optional Units (choose 1)
  • Quantitative Analysis for Business
  • Introduction to Management
  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Introduction to Management
  • Business Economics
03.

Term Dates and Fees

 

DiplomaSemester IntakeStart DateEnd DateFees (AUD)
Business StudiesSemester One2 March 20206 November 202025,500
Business StudiesSemester Two20 July 202026 February 202125,500
Business StudiesSummer Semester9 November 202018 June 202125,500
Information TechnologySemester One2 March 20206 November 202028,000
Information TechnologySemester Two20 July 202026 February 202128,000
Information TechnologySummer Semester9 November 202018 June 202128,000
04.

Entry Requirements

English requirements

To enter either of the First Year Diploma programmes, students must achieve an IELTS overall score of 5.5, with no bands less than 5.0, or an agreed equivalent.

Age requirements

The minimum age for entry to the First Year Diploma programmes is 17.

Academic requirements

Country Diploma
ALL IB Diploma Predicted IB score qualification i.e. 22
IB = buffer of 2 points from normal entry requirement
ALL – Pearson qualifications incl. International GCSE and International A Levels, as well as their UK GCSE, A level and BTEC qualifications Predicted 2 x A levels with a minimum combination of grade D and E or better (3 points from 2 subjects)
Australia ATAR 50
Australian Foundation programmes 50% pass
Bahrain General Secondary Education Certificate with 80% average in 4 academic subjects
Bangladesh Year 11 and 12 equivalent predicted scores with a Grade Point Average of 3.0
Brazil Certificate de Ensino Medio + a year of tertiary studies
Brunei 2 x A levels subjects with a minimum combination of grade D and E or better
Bhutan BHSE – 65% in relevant academic subjects
Cambodia Diploma of Upper Secondary Education with an A grade average
Chile Higher Secondary Schooling with a GPA of 6.0
China Senior Middle 3 with 60%
Colombia Bachillerato + a year of tertiary study
Hong Kong HKDSE 3 x Level 3 in 3 relevant academic subjects
India Predicted scores awarded from Central or International Board only. Percentage required in Year 11 at least 50% and Year 12 internal results also at least 50% required
Indonesia (SMA UN) Predicted score accepted. Minimum score of 6.5/10 in 4 academic subjects based on Year 12 school report (Semester 1 and 2)
Japan Upper Secondary School Certificate of Graduation (Year 3) – grade C or 60% in academic subjects
Kenya Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education with C+ grade average
Kuwait General Secondary Education Certificate or American High School Diploma + 1 year teritiary study
Laos Completion of Baccalaureate with an overall score of 75%
Macau Form 6/Senior Middle 3 – 60%
Malaysia Predicted grades STPM with 2 passes
Mexico Completion of Bachillerato and one year of tertiary study.
Nepal Predicted scores awarded from the Central or International Board only. Percentage required in Year 11 at least 55% and Year 12 internal results also at least 55% required.
New Zealand Completion NCEA Level 3 with 38 credit points
Nigeria Senior Secondary School Certificate (WAEC or NECO) with 5 grades at C6 level
Pakistan Year 11 and 12 equivalent predicted scores: with an average of 55% in four academic subjects
Papua New Guinea Higher School Certificate- 70% average
Peru Completion of Certificate of Completed General Secondary Education with an average grade of 14/20
Philippines Year 12 – 70% in relevant subjects no SAT score required Old high School Diploma – 75% in relevant subjects no SAT score required
Singapore 2 A levels with a minimum combination of grade D and E or better
Polytechnic diploma – GPA 1.5
Saudi Arabia Tawajiyah Grade 12 or American High School Diploma – 80% average in academic subjects
South Africa Completion of National Senior Certificate or Senior Certificate with 40% in relevant subjects
South Korea High School Certificate Year 3 – Rank 5-6 (C or D grade)
Sri Lanka Satisfactory completion of minimum 3 subjects Sri Lanka A Levels
Sweden Slutbetyg with 90%passing grade (G)
Taiwan Senior High School Leaving Certificate (SH3) – 70%
Thailand Certificate of Upper Sec Ed (Matayom 6) -GPA 2.3
United Arab Emirates General Secondary Education Certificate or American High School Diploma with 80% average in 4 academic subjects
United Kingdom 2 A levels with a minimum combination of grade D and E or better
United States High School Diploma with GPA of 2.5
Venezuela Bachiller + a year of tertiary studies
Vietnam A combination of Year 11 & Year 12 scores, requiring a minimum of 60%
Zambia 2 A levels with a minimum combination of grade D and E or better
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