Diploma of Education Studies

The Diploma of Education Studies is an eight-subject award based on the first two semesters of the Bachelor of Education.

Course Description

The Diploma of Education is an alternative pathway towards the full Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary), Bachelor of Education (Primary) and Bachelor of Education (Secondary) programs. This course also provides an option for students who want to start with a short undergraduate course before committing to the full Bachelor program or for students who need to exit a Bachelor of Education program earlier than intended.

You will receive specialised knowledge and skills for skilled/paraprofessional work and further learning. 

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Course Structure

The course structure is based on the first two semesters (each of 13 weeks duration) of the Bachelor of Education, with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:

  • 10 cp from Research
  • 10 cp from Christian Studies 
  • 60 cp from Education

To qualify for the award of the degree of Diploma of Education Studies a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 80 credit points.


Core / 3 Subjects

EDU105 Introduction to Academic Writing and Research

THE101 Christian Worldview

Choose one of the following:

EDU101 Foundations in Christian Learning and Teaching; or

EDU102 Foundations in Christian Learning and Teaching

Electives / 5 Subjects

Choose five subjects (50 credit points) of elective subjects from any Alphacrucis University College subject with an EDU code. 

For more details on which subjects you can choose, see the current enrolment guide for this course.

All Subjects Available

View the full list of subjects for this course.

Rules of Progression

Maximum of 6 subjects (60 credit points) at 100 level.

Admission Criteria

Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)

Applicants with recent high school education only will demonstrate completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate, or the completion of the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification will demonstrate the completion of a Certificate III or higher qualification awarded by an authorised institution or registered training organisation (RTO).

The Program Director will conduct a pre-admission interview (either face-to-face or phone or via Zoom) with all applicants seeking entry into the course on the basis of a Certificate III qualification. This interview aims to assess academic suitability and preparedness of the applicant for undergraduate level study.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a higher education qualification will demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 5 Diploma (or higher) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

Applicants who have not completed formal higher education study are eligible for direct entry into this course.


If English is not the applicant’s first language or if their first degree was awarded in a non English speaking nation, they will be required to show proficiency in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (or equivalent) with an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of at least 5.5, with a score of not less than 5.0 in any of the four skill areas, or equivalent. 

Study Modes

Delivery Mode*: Face-to-Face (Campus class), Online Live (Zoom class), Online Recorded
Locations**: Sydney, Online
Duration: One Year (two semesters) full-time, or up to four years part-time.
Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2

* Our study modes are flexible so you can mix-and-match different modes throughout your course to fit your needs. For example, a face-to-face student can choose to attend some classes online or an online student may choose to take some subjects face-to-face.

** Some subjects may only be available in certain study modes each semester. Please check the timetable for the most up-to-date information. Face-to-face classes can be delivered weekly or via intensives, where the subject is delivered in a block over consecutive weekdays and/or weekends. Some subjects must be completed face-to-face to meet professional accreditation requirements.

Fees & Timetable

Fee-Help information and a complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our Fees Information section.

For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, please see our Timetables.

FEE-HELP is available for eligible students to assist you in financing your studies. For more information and other options, please visit the Financing Your Study page. For students who cannot access government loans, an alternative option is Study Loans, a private student loan provider. To learn more about loans provided by Study Loans, click here.

Course Learning Outcomes


  • ability to identify key issues and practices within the discipline area of primary or secondary teaching;
  • outlining the general research principles and methods used in the discipline area of primary or secondary teaching.

Demonstrated ability to:

  • design and execute a research project which examines a problem or issue using appropriate methodologies and theories from the discipline area;
  • identify and critically evaluate new developments of research and scholarship in the discipline area of primary or secondary teaching;
  • communicate effectively ideas and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences in diverse contexts;
  • articulate new questions or issues and apply the knowledge and skills developed within the discipline area of primary or secondary teaching to develop appropriate solutions;
  • work independently, responsibly and with the level of professionalism expected in the discipline area of primary or secondary or secondary teaching;
  • design and implement a research project in the discipline area of primary or secondary teaching to advance personal and professional development.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in educational institutions (faith-based, government and non-government), not-for-profit and mission-focused organisations, community service-orientated positions, and positions that require skills in research and critical thinking.

Student Stories

“I always wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to have an impact on the younger generation, that’s the place I felt I could really help... What I thought would be really challenging turned out to be something I really enjoyed. I truly recommend Alphacrucis College."

Charlotte Wong
Education Graduate


Student Services

For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.

CRICOS Course Code: 102799G