Diploma of General Studies
Would your career aspirations be boosted by a university degree? The Diploma of General Studies from Charles Sturt University is an admission pathway program offering you guaranteed entry to most of our bachelor's degrees. It could be your perfect first step to bringing to life a broad range of career choices and opportunities.
Our Diploma of General Studies is an admission pathway into undergraduate education, creative industries, computer science and information technology courses. If you're looking for an admission pathway into other undergraduate degrees, consider the Charles Sturt University Pathway Course.
Depending on your areas of interest, you may be able to customise your degree and some subjects may only be available online. For more information, call 1800 275 278.
The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a number between 0.00 and 99.95 that indicates a student's position relative to all the students in their age group. The Selection Rank (SR) is the ATAR plus any additional applicable adjustments.
Accreditation: This course has been accredited in accordance with Academic and Research Delegation E1.
Pathway to your Charles Sturt degree – and a qualification
This course prepares you for uni study. It also gives you a diploma qualification. So, it's ideal for you to get a taste of university life by studying on campus, so when you make the next step into your undergraduate course, you'll know the ropes and be full of confidence.
On-campus study that works for you
You'll get to fully participate in campus life, but you won't need to be on campus every day. Small class sizes enable you to participate and contribute to group activities and help you to build valuable connections with your teachers and fellow students. You can also choose to study some subjects online, if that suits your lifestyle best. Plus, we have affordable, short-term accommodation options to coming on campus even easier. You'll have access to Charles Sturt University on-campus and online services, support and facilities.
Position yourself for success
Besides general preparation for undergraduate study (such as researching, mathematics and academic writing), you can also choose to pursue one of two streams - depending on where you want to go next. Want to pursue a career in education, social sciences or business? Study the humanities stream. Science more your aspiration? We've got a stream for that as well.
Where it will take you
On successful completion of the program, you will secure a Diploma of General Studies from Charles Sturt University. What's more, you could also receive credit for up to four undergraduate-level subjects if you want to move on to a bachelor's degree. Find out more about guaranteed entry to Charles Sturt degree courses.
Credit and pathways
If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, or work experience related to your course, you could receive credit towards your undergraduate degree. Which would mean completing your qualification quicker. Find out how to apply for credit and see our credit policy.
We also have several admission pathways to help you make the step into your preferred course, even if you don't quite meet the entry requirements at first.
If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, or work experience related to your course, you could receive credit towards your postgraduate degree. Which would mean completing your qualification quicker. Find out how to apply for credit and see our credit policy
Fees and course offerings
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Any fees and offerings are correct at the date of publishing. Fees are relevant for the year selected only and are subject to change in future years.
Depending on citizenship and residency requirements, you may also be eligible to defer CSP and Fee Paying fees through the HELP open_in_new government student loan system.
If you are an international student, find out more about international fees and don’t forget to apply for our scholarships. You may also be eligible for a 20 per cent tuition fee scholarship if you're an international student studying on campus in 2022.
Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider:
- Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
- Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand)
- Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or intensive schools
- Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls)
For each 8-point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, intensive schools, or examinations.
If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.
As a Charles Sturt University student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.
Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?
When you study with Charles Sturt University, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a Charles Sturt University student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.
When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At Charles Sturt University, we’re with you every step of the way.
As an HDR candidate, we recognise you’ll need specialised support to help you achieve your research goals. Our dedicated Research Office is your central point of contact for researchers and supervisors. Charles Sturt University also has a number of Research Support Services designed to support researchers, supervisors and HDR candidates across their research endeavours and careers. Academic and personal support is available including Indigenous services, international support, counselling, disability services, equity and diversity, health information, spiritual support, mentoring, child care support, professional development and more.
We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at Charles Sturt University. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.
First Nations students can access the First Nations Academic Success Program. This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at Charles Sturt University. It gives you one-to-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.
Gain an internationally recognised qualification with Charles Sturt University at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!
You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a Charles Sturt University Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.
*The CSU Study Centres in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney are operated by Study Group Australia Pty Ltd ABN 88 070 919 327 under a services agreement with Charles Sturt University ABN 83 878 708 551. All students studying at the CSU Study Centres are enrolled at Charles Sturt University. All staff of the CSU Study Centres are employees of Study Group Australia Pty Ltd.
Please note: if you choose to study online with Charles Sturt University, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.
There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to Charles Sturt University courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.
Please note: in line with our admissions policy, if you intend to study in Australia on a student visa you must be at least 18 years old by the course start date.
At Charles Sturt University, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.
Find out more about international fees and don't forget to apply for our scholarships.
Charles Sturt University Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at Charles Sturt University, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.
Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.
Find out more about tuition and other fees and don't forget to apply for our scholarships. You may also be eligible for a 20 per cent tuition fee scholarship for the duration of your course, if you're an international student studying on campus in 2022.
Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.
If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory intensive schools in Australia. Intensive schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.
Please check the intensive (residential) schools tab in the course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a intensive school component.
Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any intensive school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Please note: if you choose to study online with Charles Sturt University, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas. Please refer to the Department of Home Affairs for other visa options.
Charles Sturt University campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.
Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at Charles Sturt University’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.
Find out more about Charles Sturt University’s accommodation options.
Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.
At Charles Sturt University, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to Charles Sturt University via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.
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You can find an explanation of the similarities and differences of these study options on our levels of study information page.
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