Diploma in Languages

Course summary

The globalisation of the economy and culture means that knowledge of a language is more and more in demand. Learning a second language will develop and improve your communication skills and give you a greater understanding of a different country and its culture. Studying a language makes you more employable and will prepare you to work in a multicultural and globalised economy.

In the core subjects you will learn to understand and speak a language in social situations, and you will acquire an understanding of the cultural heritage, history and contemporary society of another country. The Diploma in Languages is generally studied concurrently with a Bachelor degree, so you would take one language subject per session, along with the other subjects from your degree. At the completion of your studies at UOW, you will graduate with two awards; your Bachelor degree and the Diploma in Languages.

What you will study

If you want to learn a language at UOW, you can study the Diploma in Languages concurrently with any degree. You can choose from Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian, Japanese or Spanish. Languages can be studied from beginners to advanced level. On completion of the program, you will attain communicative competency in speaking, writing, listening and reading in a range of situations.

Course information

Study area

Arts & Humanities

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1002

ATAR (UAI)

75.0

IB Score

26-27

Duration

4 years part-time (2 subjects per year) or concurrent studies with a UOW degree.

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

This program is not available to international applicants.

Entry Requirements

Australian Higher School Certificate, or equivalent, with an ATAR of 75.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

  • Overseas Year 12 qualification, equivalent to the Higher School Certificate in Australia.
  • A previous Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent
  • A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma; Cert IV (excluding Trade Certificates) may be considered for some programs
  • A Diploma or Foundation Studies Program from a recognised private institution.
  • TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
  • Minimum record of attendance, equal to 1/6 of a bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.

Mature Age

As per Tertiary/Secondary Studies.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


STARTING YOUR JOURNEY

Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.


Admission criteria


Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.
  • International applicants: One week prior to the course commencement date.


  • Session Details
    Orientation: 20 - 22 February
    Session: 26 February - 21 June

    Course structure

    (Current year structure - subject to change)

    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of the Diploma in Languages students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the language and grammar of a foreign language;
    2. Communicate in both spoken and written forms of a foreign language at the level of an independent user;
    3. Comprehend spoken and written forms of a foreign language at the level of an independent user;
    4. Critically analyse historical and socio-cultural forces that have shaped the people and the chosen language of study.

    For learning outcomes specific to the chosen language of study, please see the entries below. 

    Course Structure

    To qualify for the award of the Diploma in Languages students must complete at least 48 credit points from subjects listed for: 

    Students will predominantly study language acquisition subjects and may include study abroad as part of an exchange or study abroad program. Other subjects may be included with the permission of the Language and Linguistics Discipline leader. Please note that a number of 200 and 300 level subjects have “First offered 2017” or “First offered 2018” recorded in the session of offer. This note means that these 200 and 300 level subjects have been reviewed and that the first time these new versions may be offered is 2017 for 200 level or 2018 for 300 level. However, some subjects are not on offer every year, therefore it is possible that the new 200 level version of the subject may therefore be run in 2018 or later, rather than 2017. Similarly for the new 300 level versions of subjects. 

    Subjects can be counted only in one degree. That is, subjects counted towards the Diploma cannot be counted towards another degree. Students who complete the Diploma will not attend a graduation ceremony specifically for the Diploma. However, when students study for the Diploma concurrently with a Bachelors Degree, they will have the Diploma listed in their Bachelors degree subject transcript upon graduating. 

    Chinese (Mandarin) for Character Background Students

    Mandarin is spoken by more than 1.5 billion people in the world and is one of the six official languages of the UN. China has a 5000 year history and culture, boasts the fastest-growing economy in the world and is widely regarded as the potentially biggest global market in the twenty-first century.

    Chinese (Mandarin) for Character Background Students is for students who have an education background in Chinese language. It provides a course of study which allows students to specialise in Chinese language and culture.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of the Chinese (Mandarin) for Character Background Students program in the Diploma in Languages students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of Mandarin language and grammar from the comparative linguistic perspective;
    2. Effectively communicate in a wide range of genres in Mandarin, including academic essay writing at undergraduate level;
    3. Comprehend Classical Chinese texts with the assistance of annotations;
    4. Critically analyse and evaluate Chinese heritage, modern Chinese history and contemporary China;
    5. Effectively translate texts from English into Chinese.

    Program of Study

    Students must complete at least 48 credit points as outlined below.

    Students will complete a minimum of 8 subjects. These subjects will predominantly be language acquisition subjects and may include study abroad as part of an exchange or study abroad program. Other subjects (including study abroad and exchange) may be included with the permission of the Languages and Linguistics Discipline leader.

    Students commencing at beginner level must complete all core subjects and two subjects from the list of electives. Other subjects (including study abroad and exchange) may be included with the permission of the Languages and Linguistics Discipline leader.

    A student who commences university Mandarin at upper level (with permission of the program) must complete all 200 and 300 level core subjects, all elective subjects plus one other subject with the permission of the Languages and Linguistics Discipline leader.

    Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
    Core:
    MAND161 Chinese (Mandarin) for Character Background Students (CBS) 1 6 Autumn
    MAND162 Chinese (Mandarin) for Character Background Students (CBS) 2 6 Spring
    MAND271 Intermediate Chinese 1 for Character Background Students (CBS) 6 Autumn First offered 2017
    MAND272 Intermediate Chinese 2 for Character Background Students (CBS) 6 Spring First offered 2017
    MAND371 Advanced Chinese 1 for Character Background Students (CBS) 6 Autumn First offered 2018
    MAND372 Advanced Chinese 2 for Character Background Students (CBS) 6 Spring First offered 2018
    Electives:
    ELL 110 Language in Social Life 6 Spring
    ELL 230 Communication Across Cultures 6 Autumn First offered 2017
    HIST293 A History of Modern China 6 Spring First offered 2017  

    Other Subjects (including study abroad and exchange):

    Students entering at 200 level must take ONE other subject. This should be chosen through discussion with the Languages and Linguistics Discipline Leader.

     

    Chinese (Mandarin) for Non-Chinese Background Students

    Mandarin is spoken by more than 1.5 billion people in the world and is one of the six official languages of the UN. China has a 5000 year history and culture, boasts the fastest-growing economy in the world and is widely regarded as the potentially biggest global market in the twenty-first century.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of the Chinese (Mandarin) for Non-Chinese Background Students program in the Diploma in Languages will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the Mandarin language and grammar;
    2. Comprehend spoken and written Chinese equivalent to Level 3 in the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages (CLPS) and B1 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
    3. Communicate in both spoken and written Chinese equivalent to Level 3 in the CLPS and B1 level in the CEFR;
    4. Critically analyse and evaluate historical events and socio-cultural forces that have shaped modern China, its people and language. 

    Program of Study

    Students must complete at least 48 credit points as outlined below.

    Students will complete a minimum of 8 subjects. These subjects will predominantly be language acquisition subjects and may include study abroad as part of an exchange or study abroad program. Other subjects (including study abroad and exchange) may be included with the permission of the Languages and Linguistics Discipline leader.

    Students commencing at beginner level must complete all core subjects and at least two subjects from the list of electives. Other subjects (including study abroad and exchange) may be included with the permission of the Languages and Linguistics Discipline leader.

    A student who studied Mandarin to HSC level and was commencing university Mandarin at upper level (with permission of the program) must complete all 200 and 300 level core subjects, all elective subjects plus one other subject with the permission of the Languages and Linguistics Discipline leader.

    Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
    Core
    MAND151 Chinese (Mandarin) for Beginners 1 6 Autumn
    MAND152 Chinese (Mandarin) for Beginners 2 6 Spring
    MAND231 Intermediate Chinese 1 for Non-Chinese Background Students (NCB) 6 Autumn First offered 2017
    MAND232 Intermediate Chinese 2 for Non-Chinese Background Students (NCB) 6 Spring First offered 2017
    MAND331

    Advanced Chinese 1 for Non-Chinese Background Students (NCB)

    6 Autumn First offered 2018
    MAND332 Advanced Chinese 2 for Non-Chinese Background Students (NCB) 6 Spring First offered 2018
    Electives:
    ELL 110 Language in Social Life 6 Spring
    ELL 230 Communication Across Cultures 6 Autumn First offered 2017
    HIST293 A History of Modern China 6 Spring First offered 2017

    Other Subjects (including study abroad and exchange):

    Students entering at 200 level must take ONE other subject. This should be chosen through discussion with the Languages and Linguistics Discipline Leader.

     French

    Students will study the French language and also study French society and culture, including Francophone cultures outside France.

    In our language and culture subjects we use a range of authentic resources and teaching methods to equip students with a high level of proficiency in the written and spoken French language. Student learning outcomes are aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of the French program in the Diploma in Languages students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the French language and grammar;
    2. Communicate in both spoken and written French at B2 Level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
    3. Comprehend spoken and written French at B2 level in the CEFR;
    4. Critically analyse and evaluate historical events and socio-cultural forces that have shaped modern France, its people and language.

    Program of Study

    Students must complete at least 48 credit points as outlined below.

    Students will complete a minimum of 8 subjects. These subjects will predominantly be language acquisition subjects and may include study abroad in a French speaking country as part of an exchange program or study abroad program with a partner University. Other subjects (including study abroad and exchange) may be included with the permission of the Languages and Linguistics Discipline leader.

    Students commencing at beginner level must complete all core subjects plus one subject from the list of electives.

    A student who studied French to HSC level and was commencing university French at 200 level (with permission of the program) must complete all 200 and 300 level core subjects, both elective subjects plus one other subject with the permission of the Languages and Linguistics Discipline leader.

    Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
    Core:
    FREN151 French for Beginners 1 6 Autumn
    FREN152 French for Beginners 2 6 Spring
    FREN241 Intermediate French 1 6 Autumn First offered 2017
    FREN242 Intermediate French 2 6 Spring First offered 2017
    FREN230 The making of France and the French Nation 6 Autumn First offered 2017
    FREN341 Advanced French 1 6 Autumn First offered 2018
    FREN342 Advanced French 2 6 Spring First offered 2018
    Electives:
    FREN330 France in the Twenty-first century 6 Spring First offered 2018
    LANG335 Literature and Society in Renaissance Europe 6 Spring First offered 2018

    Other Subjects (including study abroad and exchange):

    Students entering at 200 level must take ONE other subject. This should be chosen through discussion with the Languages and Linguistics Discipline Leader.

     Italian

    Electing Italian provides a course of study which allows any student, regardless of their background in the discipline, to specialise in Italian.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of the Italian program in the Diploma in Languages students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the Italian language and grammar;
    2. Communicate in both spoken and written Italian at B2 Level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
    3. Comprehend spoken and written Italian at B2 level in the CEFR;
    4. Critically analyse and evaluate historical events and socio-cultural forces that have shaped modern Italy, its people and language.

    Program of Study

    Students must complete at least 48 credit points as outlined below.

    Students will complete a minimum of 8 subjects. These subjects will predominantly be language acquisition subjects and may include study abroad in an Italian speaking country as part of an exchange program or study abroad program with a partner University. Other subjects (including study abroad and exchange) may be included with the permission of the Languages and Linguistics Discipline leader.

    Students commencing at beginner level must complete all core subjects and one subject from the list of electives. Other subjects (including study abroad and exchange) may be included with the permission of the Languages and Linguistics Discipline leader.

    A student who studied Italian to HSC level and was commencing university Italian at 200 level (with permission of the program) must complete all 200 and 300 level core subjects, both elective subjects plus one other subject (including study abroad and exchange) with the permission of the Languages and Linguistics Discipline leader.

    Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
    Core:
    ITAL151 Italian for Beginners 1 6 Autumn
    ITAL152 Italian for Beginners 2 6 Spring
    ITAL241 Intermediate Italian 1

    6

    Autumn First offered 2017
    ITAL242 Intermediate Italian 2 6 Spring First offered 2017
    ITAL230 Italy: Past and Present 6 First offered 2017
    ITAL341 Advanced Italian 1 6 Autumn First offered 2018
    ITAL342 Advanced Italian 2 6 Spring First offered 2018
    Electives:
    ITAL330 Advanced Studies in Italian 6 Spring First offered 2018
    LANG335 Literature and Society in Renaissance Europe 6 Spring First offered 2018

    Other Subjects (including study abroad and exchange):

    Students entering at 200 level must take ONE other subject. This should be chosen through discussion with the Languages and Linguistics Discipline Leader.

     Japanese

    The study of Japanese focuses on developing the linguistic skills necessary to understand Japanese ways of life, and how the past affects the present. It also aims to facilitate intercultural understanding and competence for the increasingly globalised world and workplace.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of the Japanese program in the Diploma in Languages students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the Japanese language and grammar;
    2. Comprehend spoken and written Japanese to at least B1 Level in the Japan Foundation's (JF) Japanese Language Educational Standard;
    3. Communicate in both spoken and written Japanese to at least B1 Level in the JF’s Japanese Language Educational Standard;
    4. Critically analyse and evaluate historical events and socio-cultural forces that have shaped modern Japan, its people and language. 

    Program of Study

    Students must complete at least 48 credit points as outlined below.

    Students will complete a minimum of 8 subjects. These subjects will predominantly be language acquisition subjects and may include study abroad in Japan as part of an exchange program or study abroad program with a partner University. Other subjects (including study abroad and exchange) may be included with the permission of the Languages and Linguistics Discipline leader.

    Students commencing at beginner level must complete all core subjects, and one elective subject from the subjects listed.

    A student who studied Japanese to HSC level and was commencing university Japanese at 200 level (with permission of the program) must complete both 200 level core subjects, all five core 300 level subjects and one elective subject from the subjects listed. 

    Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
    Core:
    JAPA141 Beginner Japanese 1 6 Autumn
    JAPA142 Beginner Japanese 2 6 Spring
    JAPA241 Intermediate Japanese 1 6 Autumn First offered 2017
    JAPA242 Intermediate Japanese 2 6 Spring First offered 2017
    JAPA320 Advanced Readings in Japanese 6 Autumn First offered 2018
    One of the following:
    JAPA341 Advanced Japanese 1 6 Autumn First offered 2018
    JAPA343 Advanced Japanese 3 6 Autumn First offered 2018
    One of the following:
    JAPA342 Advanced Japanese 2 6 Spring First offered 2018
    JAPA344 Advanced Japanese 4 6 Spring First offered 2018
    Electives:
    JAPA220 The Making of a Globalised Japan 6 Spring First offered 2017

    Other Subjects (including study abroad and exchange):

    Students entering at 200 level must take ONE other subject. This should be chosen through discussion with the Languages and Linguistics Discipline Leader.

     Spanish

    Spanish is spoken by more than 400 million people worldwide in 22 countries. The main goal of the study of Spanish is to develop students' communications skills in the Spanish language and their understanding of the cultures of Spain and Spanish-speaking Latin America.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of the Spanish program in the Diploma in Languages students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the Spanish language and grammar;
    2. Communicate in both spoken and written Spanish at B2 Level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
    3. Comprehend spoken and written Spanish at B2 level in the CEFR;
    4. Critically analyse and evaluate historical events and socio-cultural forces that have shaped the Hispanic world, its people and the Spanish language.

    Program of Study

    Students must complete at least 48 credit points as outlined below.

    Students will complete a minimum of 8 subjects. These subjects will predominantly be language acquisition subjects and may include study abroad in a Spanish speaking country as part of an exchange program or study abroad program with a partner University. Other subjects (including study abroad and exchange) may be included with the permission of the Languages and Linguistics Discipline leader.

    Students commencing at beginner level must complete all core subjects and one elective subject.

    A student who studied Spanish to HSC level and was commencing university Spanish at 200 level (with permission of the program) must complete all 200 and 300 level core subjects, both elective subjects plus one other subject with the permission of the Languages and Linguistics Discipline leader.

    Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
    Core:
    SPAN151 Spanish for Beginners 1 6 Autumn
    SPAN152 Spanish for Beginners 2 6 Spring
    SPAN241 Intermediate Spanish 1 6 Autumn First offered 2017
    SPAN242 Intermediate Spanish 2 6 Spring First offered 2017
    SPAN230 The Hispanic World 6 Autumn First offered 2017
    SPAN341 Advanced Spanish 1 6 Autumn First offered 2018
    SPAN342 Advanced Spanish 2 6 Spring First offered 2018
    Electives:
    SPAN330 Advanced Studies in Spanish 6 Spring First offered 2018
    LANG335 Literature and Society in Renaissance Europe 6 Spring First offered 2018 

    Other Subjects (including study abroad and exchange):

    Students entering at 200 level must take ONE other subject. This should be chosen through discussion with the Languages and Linguistics Discipline Leader.

     

    Course Handbook

    (Current year structure - subject to change)

    Why choose this course

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