Undergraduate Certificate in Science
First steps towards a career in science
Gain fundamental science knowledge and skills to set you on a pathway to career success. You’ll explore real world tools and techniques in chemistry, physics, and maths. Visualise yourself as a science professional and prep for your future.
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- 07 Jul 24
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What you'll learn
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Interpret and apply scientific principles and knowledge to science-based industries
- Apply problem-solving and sustainable approaches to identify and communicate solutions or innovations in science-based industries
- Communicate and reflect on knowledge, skills, behaviours and attributes required to develop and enhance career opportunities
The Undergraduate Certificate in Science will give you the opportunity to learn in a practical environmental by offering you authentic learning experiences, such as virtual or face-to-face laboratory sessions, to practice your new skills and knowledge. As a result, you will be developing skills, knowledge and behaviours that employers are looking for in the workforce. Careers in science are also upwards trending, with projections showing that employment is set to grow in a variety of roles by 2024, including Environmental Scientists (12.5% increase), Professional, scientific and technical service roles (14.7%), and Market research statistical service roles (16.5%)*.
By completing the Undergraduate Certificate in Science you can transition into further study, and apply for credit towards a Bachelor of Science where you can choose from a variety of majors, or an Associate Degree in Applied Science where you will have the option to choose between two specialised streams depending on your interest area. You can learn how to use science to build a career in the food and beverage industry with our Fermentation and Separation stream.
*Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.
Higher education via OUA
Successful completion of one OUA open access subject of study at the equivalent AQF level (equivalent to 12.5 UTAS credit points), unless otherwise specified.
- Partially completed an undergraduate course at Diploma level or higher (or equivalent). You must have completed at least one subject of study (equivalent to 12.5 UTAS credit points) at 100 level or higher and which may include 100 level subjects completed in the UTAS Diploma of University Studies. If you have failed any subjects, your application may be subject to further review before an offer is made; OR
- Completed the UTAS University Preparation Program (or an equivalent qualification offered by an Australian University).
Completed the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) or an equivalent qualification.
Completed Certificate III or higher (or equivalent) in any discipline.
Work and Life
Applicants without senior secondary, tertiary or VET / TAFE study can complete a personal competency statement.
Applicants may be eligible for an offer if they have relevant work and / or life experiences which demonstrate a capacity to succeed in this course.
Information on Undergraduate Certificates beyond 2025
The Australian Government has currently determined that Undergraduate Certificate programs will not extend beyond 30 June 2025. If you are enrolled in an Undergraduate Certificate, this means that you will need to complete all required units in 2024 to graduate before this deadline.
Should you not be able to complete all required units in 2024, we can support you to continue your study with us in the Diploma of Applied Science (Coming in Semester 2), where you will receive full credit for all the Undergraduate Certificate units completed so far.
Credit for previous study or work
The University of Tasmania grants credit and recognition of prior learning that may include formal and/or informal prior learning. More information is available here.
The Undergraduate Certificate in Science is your opportunity to learn more about the world the around you, and dip your toes in an exciting future career in science.
This program will introduce you to the nature and role of science in society. You’ll examine what science is, the importance of science for sustainable development, and learn about the role of ethical conduct in scientific endeavour.
You’ll explore keys topics in biology, such as metabolism, growth and production, sensing and response, and adaption and evolution, and have the opportunity to apply your knowledge in practical laboratory experiences. You will also learn how to collect and analyse scientific data and statistics, and be introduced to data management software where you’ll learn how to present and communicate statistical information effectively.
This program has been developed in consultation with industry experts, such as Fementasmania and the aquaculture industry, and incorporates learning through practice by giving you authentic learning experiences. This means you’ll be developing the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to respond to industry demands, placing you in good stead for a future career in science-based growth industries, such as fermentation or salmon aquaculture. If you complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Science and wish to continue further study, you can apply for an Associate Degree in Applied Science or Bachelor of Science.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
For students undertaking full-time study, the following study pattern is recommended.
Completion of 3 Core Subjects from the schedule:
- TAS-KIT101 Programming Fundamentals
- TAS-KMA002 Applied Mathematics Foundation
- TAS-KMA100 Introduction to University Mathematics
- TAS-KRA161 Introduction to Chemistry
- TAS-KYA103 Introductory Physics
- TAS-ZAS112 Understanding Science
Completion of 1 Elective Subject from the schedule:
- TAS-ZAS117 Applied Biology
- TAS-ZAS118 Sustainability
- TAS-ZAT111 Computer Networks
- TAS-ZAT113 Programming Principles
- TAS-ZPP102 Industry Skills in Practice
Satisfactory completion of 4 subjects, as required in the schedule, within 6 months from commencement.
You can apply direct through Open Universities Australia.
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This degree offers Open access entry, exclusive to Open Universities Australia.
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