Diploma of Liberal Studies

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

The Diploma in Liberal Studies provides students from diverse backgrounds with a flexible one-year introduction to tertiary studies through the completion of 80cp of Arts units. Students completing the Diploma may choose their units from a wide range of Arts subjects. Students may choose units from the following disciplines (subject to campus availability): communication; computing; digital journalism; drama; economics; geography; healthy development; history; literature; mathematics; media; music; philosophy; politics and international relations; psychology; sociology; study of religions; theological studies; visual arts. The Diploma in Liberal Studies prepares students for a wide choice of careers in areas such as government, industry, business, the creative arts and education. It is a Diploma-level course that is offered to domestic and International students on a fee-paying basis. It is available to international students as a UniAccess-International program. A student who successfully completes four or more units in the Diploma in Liberal Studies may be awarded a Certificate in Liberal Studies.

Course Fee:

Australian: $6,560
International: $22,720

Entry Requirements:

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed year 12 or equivalent with a minimum 50% pass, plus an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with an individual score of 5.5 in all tests.


80 credit points.

Subjects you can Study:

Communication; Computing; Digital journalism; Drama; Economics; Geography; Healthy development; History; Literature; Mathematics; Media; Music; Philosophy; Politics and international relations; Psychology; Sociology; Study of religions; Theological studies; Visual arts

Study Pathways:

Diploma in Liberal Studies graduates may be eligible to progress their studies in a Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Education (Primary), or the Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts. Students must meet the ACU English Language Proficiency requirements as defined by the Admission rules to be eligible for consideration into a Bachelor level degree.

Further information:

A student who subsequently gains entry to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Education (Primary), or the Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts may receive academic credit for relevant units (depending on pathway chosen) completed successfully in the Certificate or Diploma in Liberal Studies. The course assists students to prepare for a diverse range of careers in areas such as government, industry, journalism, creative arts and education.

Accepts International Students:


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The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.


*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.


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