Diploma of Science Fast Track (Domestic)

Course summary

This course is accredited by the University of Wollongong and delivered by UOW College Australia (CRICOS: 02723D; RTO: 91159). UOW College Australia is a registered business name of UOWC Ltd (ABN: 14 105 312 329).

This course is only applicable to domestic students who are eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). Domestic students who are not eligible for a CSP and international students are invited to apply for the Diploma of Science (2 session). Alternate fee arrangements apply.

The Diploma of Science is an in-depth preparation program which provides a guaranteed* pathway into the second year of a Bachelor of Science at UOW. It is designed to empower you to apply scientific thinking and analysis to important issues impacting the world today. You will learn the language and nature of science and mathematics, and will be able to follow your interests in specific areas of science. Tertiary skills development embedded in the Diploma of Science prepares you for successful participation at UOW, with an emphasis on a range of practical laboratory and written work, including group work.

See course outline.


We offer a range of blended course delivery options.  However, we encourage students to choose on-campus classes where they are offered. For classes that cannot be held on campus due to physical distancing requirements, or for students unable to come on campus due to COVID-19 related circumstances, online delivery will continue to be offered, wherever possible.

In response to COVID-19, the University of Wollongong is following advice from the NSW Department of Health. Check the most up-to-date University of Wollongong COVID-19 arrangements.

How to apply

You can apply online for this UOW College course.

There is no application fee and you can save your application at any point and come back and complete it later.

In Step 3 of your application, ensure you choose the following options:

  • Mode of Delivery: On Campus
  • Commencement Year: 2021
  • Campus: Wollongong
  • Course: Diploma of Science (2 session) 3134
  • Major: N/A
  • Session: Choose your preferred session start date

* Specified credit

Course information

Study area

Pathway to UOW, Science


UOW College Wollongong

Course Code



2 sessions over 9 months


On Campus


UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

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, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

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


  • Minimum ATAR 60

If the above entry requirements are not met, applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis taking into account the applicant’s work and life experience.


The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for eligible domestic students. This means that students can benefit from zero up-front tuition fees.  Please see our fees page for more information and eligibility criteria.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.


  • Minimum ATAR 45 (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank), OR
  • Interstate ATAR equivalent (such as Victoria’s ENTER or Queensland OP), OR
  • Results in an overseas qualification deemed equivalent to minimum ATAR, OR
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)

If any of the above entry requirements are not met, applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Admission Profile



This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW College for this course. It provides data on students that commenced the program, and continued study beyond the census date at UOW College in 2020.

Applicant background

2020 intake

2020 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.



Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.



Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.



Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.



ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).



Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).



International students All other students.



All students



< 5: 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)


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2020

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

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

Key Dates




2021 UOW College Autumn (UOW Dates)

UOW College Wollongong

Session: 1 March - 24 June

Orientation and enrolment is held during the week prior to courser commencement. You will be advised of the exact date in your letter of offer.

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Course Structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Handbook

Why choose this course

Career opportunities: Biological scientist, biochemist, chemist, conservation biologist, ecologist, environmental assessor, geologist, geochemist, population analyst, regional planner.

Guaranteed* entry in UOW Bachelor

If you achieve a final mark of at least 50 per cent in all subjects of the Diploma of Science, you will receive 48 credit points (entry to second year) towards a Bachelor of Science offered at UOW’s Wollongong Campus.
A recognised Higher Education Diploma qualification is awarded upon completion, which can be used to pursue entry level career opportunities.

NOTE: Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Science and progress to a Bachelor of Science must complete an additional subject (MATH151 General Mathematics 1A) during the Bachelor of Science if they have not completed HSC Mathematics at Band 4 or higher (or equivalent).

^Subject to approval by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency. 
*Guarantee is subject to meeting UOW entry requirements.