Charles Darwin University International College
First Year Diploma Programs

First Year Diploma programs are two semester courses that function as an alternative first year of an undergraduate degree at Charles Darwin University. The programs 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 program 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 program 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 program allows direct entry into the second year of the CDU Bachelor of Information Technology degree program, 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

Diploma Semester Intake Start Date End Date Fees (AUD)
Business Studies Semester One 2 March 2020 6 November 2020 25,000
Business Studies Semester Two 20 July 2020 26 Febrary 2021 25,000
Business Studies Summer Semester 9 November 2020 18 June 2021 25,000
Information Techno Semester One 2 March 2020 6 November 2020 28,000
Information Techno Semester Two 20 July 2020 26 February 2021 28,000
Information Techno Summer Semester 9 November 2020 18 June 2021 28,000
04.

Entry Requirements

English requirements

To enter either of the First Year Diploma programs, 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 programs is 17.

Academic requirements

Country Diploma
Australia ATAR 50
Australian Foundation programs 50% pass
Bahrain General Secondary Education Certificate with 80% average in 4 academic subjects
Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate 55% / GPA 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 75%
Colombia Bachillerato + a year of tertiary study
Hong Kong HKDSE 3 x Level 3 in 3 relevant academic subjects
India HSC Year 12 (10+2) – 50% average
Indonesia SMA 3 GPA 7.0 in 4 academic subjects
International Baccalaureate 20 points
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 STPM with 2 passes
Mexico Completion of Bachillerato and one year of tertiary study.
Nepal HSC Year 12 -Pre 2018 Higher Secondary Education Certificate – 55% average in best 4 academic subjects, non academic subjects including English are not taken into consideration.  2018 onwards minimum GPA of 2.3 in best four academic subjects
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 HSC Year 12 – 55% average
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 – 80% in relevant subjects
Old high School Diploma – 85% in relevant subjects
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 Year 12 with GPA 6.0
Zambia 2 A levels with a minimum combination of grade D and E or better
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