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Curtin College offers a range of qualifications leading to undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Curtin University.

Curtin College mode of delivery is usually Face to Face. However, due to the social distancing requirements of COVID-19,  classes will either be in Face to Face mode (for onshore students), Digital/online mode (live online synchronous classes using Zoom) or Hybrid mode (engaging both Face to Face and Online students synchronously). Once government regulations are lifted, the College will revert back to Face to Face over a period of time as some students may still be overseas.  All exams will continue to run online for the same reasons.


The Curtin College Diploma

The Curtin College Diploma is two years in total. It has two stages: Diploma (Stage 1) and Diploma (Stage 2). Where you start will depend on your qualifications.

Diploma study areas include;
How does the Diploma work?

Postgraduate Pathways

The Master Qualifying Program (MQP) provides an alternative entry route into a range of Master’s degrees at Curtin University.

They are designed for students who have a post-secondary qualification but have not qualified for direct entry into the Master Degree.

How does the Postgraduate Pathway work?

The Two Stage Diploma | How Does It Work?

Diploma (Stage 1) Trimester System

Students studying Stage 1 Diplomas will follow the Trimester system, by which the academic year is divided into three 13-week trimesters as follows:

  • Trimester 1: March to June
  • Trimester 2: July to October
  • Trimester 3: November to February

After completion of the Diploma (Stage 1), students will transition into Diploma (Stage 2).

Note: In exceptional circumstances, students may enroll in Stage 1 and Stage 2 units at the same time with the prior approval of the Academic Director.

Diploma (Stage 2) Semester System

For Stage 2 Diplomas of Health Sciences, Engineering and Information Technology, the academic year at the College follows the Curtin University semester structure:

  • Semester 1: March to June
  • Semester 2: August to November

All other Diplomas (Stage 2) retain the trimester system.

After completion of Diploma (Stage 2), students will transition into second year at Curtin University where all students follow the semester structure.

Pre-University Level

(For students who have completed Year 11 or equivalent)

Diploma (Stage 1)

Students who are not eligible for entry into the Stage 2 Diploma may complete the Stage 1 Diploma prior. 8 pre-university level units are studied over two or three trimesters. Course-specific units must be completed along with core units.

Progression to Stage 2 Diploma requires the achievement of qualifying grades varying from 50% to 65%.

If you have successfully completed year 12 or equivalent, you may be eligible for direct entry into Stage 2 Diploma, which is equivalent to the first year of the corresponding Bachelor Degree.

University Level

(For students who have completed Year 12 or equivalent)

Diploma (Stage 2)

The Diploma (Stage 2) consists of 8 or 9 university level units studied over 2-3 study periods,* and has the same course content and structure as year one of the corresponding Curtin University undergraduate degree.

Students who successfully complete a Curtin College Diploma (Stage 2), and who have met the minimum academic entry requirements, are able to enter the corresponding undergraduate degree at Curtin University with advanced standing.

Postgraduate Pathway | How Does It Work?

Master Qualifying Program (MQP) Trimester System

Students studying the MQP will follow the trimester system, by which the academic year is divided into three 13-week trimesters as follows:

  • Trimester 1: February to June
  • Trimester 2: July to November
  • Trimester 3: November to February

After completion of the MQP, students will transition into a range of Postgraduate degree at Curtin University.

Master Qualifying Program (MQP)

(For students who have completed a 3 year post-secondary qualification comparable to an Australian Associate Degree or Advanced Diploma).

The Master Qualifying Program (MQP) is a one-trimester non-award program designed for students who already have a tertiary qualification but who do not qualify for direct entry into a Master’s Degree at Curtin University.

The MQP is made up of 4 (pre-postgraduate) units studied over 1 trimester. You will also receive 4 hours mandatory language support per week.

Upon completion of the MQP, you will be able to study a range of Master’s degree at Curtin University.

About the MQP

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If you have…

✓ Completed Year 12 with an ATAR (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma (Stage 2)

8 university level units studied over 2-3 trimesters. Equivalent to Year 1 of the corresponding Curtin degree.

Direct Entry into Year 2 at Curtin University

Or if you have…

✓ Completed Year 11 (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma (Stage 1)

8 pre-university level units are studied over 2-3 trimesters.

Diploma (Stage 2)

Equivalent to year 1 of the corresponding Curtin Bachelor Degree.

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