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A diploma is a short-term study option that can help pave your way to future success.

A diploma is a good way to gain an introductory one-year qualification in a particular field of study, without having to complete a whole three-year bachelor's degree. It is equivalent to the second year of study of a bachelor's degree, and is slightly more comprehensive than a certificate.


A diploma can be taken in any of the following fields:

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Entry requirements

You will be eligible to apply for a diploma if you have University Entrance or its equivalent, or if you have relevant experience or ability. For more information, contact our Future Students Team at

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To complete a Diploma requires a total of 120 points (usually eight 15-point papers). This must include 75 points within a single field of study (e.g. Arts or Science). At least 75 points must be at 200 level or above.

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