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Career Start in Science (Study Abroad)

2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

Career Start in Science (Study Abroad) is a full-time course that equips students with English language proficiency (General English + English for Academic Purposes) as well as foundational knowledge and skills in the areas of environmental science, marine science and management, forestry science and management and engineering.

This course is offered by SCU College which provides students with a highly supportive study environment through College Connect.

Career opportunities

This is a pathway course for study abroad students.

Students who successfully complete the Career Start in Science (Study Abroad) course may receive up to one session (4 units) of credit into the SCU College Diploma of Science.

Assessment methods

Assessment tasks vary from unit to unit and can include essays, reports, audio or video presentations, class participation, individual and group work, online quizzes, case analyses, and examinations. Assessment items are in accordance with learning outcomes and designed to ensure that all the graduate attributes are assessed throughout the course. The performance criteria, grading standards and due dates for assessment tasks are included in each Unit Information Guide. Students receive timely feedback on their assessment submissions.

Teaching methods

During the English language component, the focus is on in-class intensive English language development.

During the undergraduate units, on-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches which can include lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory classes, field trips, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit. Students receive a regular schedule of face-to-face and/or online contact with academic staff.

Please note: some units contain compulsory residential workshops at the Lismore campus that may include lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and field trips.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student’s point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

College Connect offers extra support for all students undertaking a SCU College course.

The SCU library provides a wide range of services including librarian assistance, print and electronic resources, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, ebooks, ereadings, and full-text journal literature.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Table of contents

Admission requirements

Applicants for admission to candidature to the Career Start in Business Science (Study Abroad) must have an assessable entry qualification from a country where English is the main language and where the medium of instruction for that qualification was English, or have completed an International English Language Test (or comparable test scores*) with:

  • a minimum overall score of 4.5 and a minimum score of 4.0 in each subtest (or comparable test scores*) for 20 weeks English for Academic Purposes prior to Diploma units.
  • a minimum overall score of 5.0 and a minimum score of 4.5 in each subtest (or comparable test scores*) for 10 weeks English for Academic Purposes prior to Diploma units.
  • in order to successfully complete Part A and progress to Part B students must complete EDU10002 with SCU College Exit Test scores of 5.5 overall and a minimum score of 5.0 in each subtest.

* Comparable scores include SCU College Placement Test scores, CPE, CAE and TOEFL PBT (see

Course requirements

  1. To meet the requirements of this program you must complete 5 units comprising:
    1. All units in Part A;
    2. All units in Part B; and
    3. 2 units from Part C.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Apply OnlineSouthern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form or via our online application services.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'