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Diploma of Educational Studies

The Diploma of Educational Studies is a game changer for anyone who needs to meet additional entry requirements for a teaching degree.

Get a head start!

Teaching is an incredibly rewarding career for people who want to inspire and empower others to reach their full potential.



3 trimesters (12 months)


Trimester 1
Key dates


Mount Gravatt (Brisbane)

Educational Studies overview

Designed in partnership with Griffith University, the new Diploma of Educational Studies transitions seamlessly into the highly-regarded Bachelor of Education. This puts you in a strong position for a wide range of teaching careers, across the public and private sectors. It can lead to senior positions, like department head or principal.

Griffith University has the highest education graduate success rates in Australia. Our graduates are in demand and find employment in the independent, Catholic and state education systems in Queensland as well as overseas.

An education qualification is also a good general qualification for many areas of work. Rather than teaching in schools, you could choose to follow a different pathway. Options include training settings in industry and government, outdoor education, adult literacy, libraries, educational research, education policy, or consultancy.

If you need additional English, Maths or Science qualifications to be eligible for a teaching degree, this new diploma is perfect for you. Rather than needing to complete extra study, including bridging and enabling subjects, you can meet the requirements while studying this one-year diploma.

2021 Fees

If you had an amazing teacher who inspired you to believe in yourself and follow your dreams, now you can learn to do the same for others, with our new one-year Diploma of Educational Studies.

Where could this diploma take me?

The Diploma of Educational Studies is designed to transition seamlessly into the highly-regarded Bachelor of Education at Griffith University, majoring in either Primary or Secondary Education.

Sample program structure

First trimester

1201QBT Academic & Professional Skills Development

1499EDN Understanding Lifelong Learner
1199EDN Communication for Teaching and Learning
1202QBT Developing Professional Identity and Practice

Second trimester

1799EDN Foundations of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
1299EDN Educational Technologies for Teaching and Learning
FND114 General Mathematics

Third trimester

1399EDN Education and Society
1699EDN Philosophy and Ethics in Education
FND001 Biology*

*FND001 is recommended for a Bachelor of Education (Primary) pathway.

FND002 Chemistry†

†FND002 is recommended for a Bachelor of Education (Primary) pathway.

Secondary Teaching Area

Program Rules

Depending on your choice to pursue a major in Primary or secondary schooling will influence the total credit you will receive for the Bachelor of Education. This is due to the Primary major requiring English, Maths and Science as pre-requisites for entry whereas the Secondary major requires English and Maths.

The award of Diploma of Educational Studies requires successful completion of 100 Credit Points (CP): or ten (10) courses made up of 9 core and 1 elective.

Students wishing to take full advantage of available credit on articulation to a Bachelor of Education major should follow the recommendations below in choosing the program elective:

FND001 Biology OR FND002 Chemistry is recommended for a Bachelor of Education (Primary) pathway.

Pathways to a Griffith University Education Degree

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3 trimesters (12 months)


Trimester 1
Key dates


Mount Gravatt (Brisbane)
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