Diploma of Engineering (Higher Education)

For a guaranteed entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Engineering, the Diploma of Engineering (Higher Education) is a globally recognised, hands on and practical course where you’ll develop the specialist knowledge and skills you’ll need to solve problems faced by the engineering industry.  You’ll benefit from smaller class sizes and more one on one time with teachers.
This course is only offered at one location, see below.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Summer 2023
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1 year
(120 credit points = 1.0 EFTSL)
Guaranteed ATAR
This program has a guaranteed ATAR of 45<

Build a strong engineering foundation of knowledge with this Diploma (Higher Education) pathway that is spread over two stages. This structure ensures you can enter the second year of the Bachelor program with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed, in conjunction with smaller class sizes and specialised English language support.
During stage one, aspiring engineers engage in professional practices whilst focusing on the theory of physics, modelling and change before diving further into engineering elements of design and drafting, mechanics, computer modelling and algebra within stage two.
At the conclusion of stage two, graduates will have a solid grasp of the first year subjects and may continue to study at Federation University jumping straight into the second year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), eventually completing the undergraduate with both a diploma, undergraduate and honours qualification.

  • Airport engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Control systems engineer
  • Drainage engineer
  • Engineer
  • Engineering professional
  • Engineering technical officer
  • Engineering project manager
  • Electrical engineer
  • Electronic engineer
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Harbour engineer
  • Hydraulic engineer
  • Industrial engineer
  • Irrigation engineer
  • Local government engineer
  • Materials and testing engineer
  • Maintenance engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Pipeline engineer
  • Planning engineer
  • Plant engineer
  • Production engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Railway engineer
  • Service engineer
  • Scheduling engineer
  • Soil engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Traffic engineer
  • Transport engineer
  • Water resources engineer

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

GPENG1001, 15 credit points
GPENG1002, 15 credit points
GPENG1003, 15 credit points
GPMAT1001, 15 credit points

Semester 2

GPENG1004, 15 credit points
GPENG1005, 15 credit points
GPENG1006, 15 credit points
GPMAT1102, 15 credit points
Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Year 12 entry: Successful completion of a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or it's equivalent, such as an interstate or International Year 12 qualification. VCE pre-requisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in any English or English (EAL). Non-Year 12 entry: Provision for entry may exist through other pathways including mature age, other special provisions, or recognition of prior learning. 

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the program with a reasonable prospect of success.

The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: GN1

CRICOS code: 109400A

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,301 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2023

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Bridging programs
The Foundation Studies program (GFO) provides an alternative entry into tertiary study, with a focus on building the more generic academic skills required for success at university. On successful completion of the Foundation Program, students will achieve guaranteed entry into the Diploma of Engineering (Higher Education).
As an indication, credit agreements negotiated between issuing organisations for credit towards higher level AQF qualifications in the same or a related discipline, having taken into account 2.1.9, should use the following as the basis of negotiations:
• 50% credit for an Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree linked to a 3 year Bachelor Degree
• 37.5% credit for an Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree linked to a 4 year Bachelor Degree
• 33% credit for a Diploma linked to a 3 year Bachelor Degree
• 25% credit for a Diploma linked to a 4 year Bachelor Degree.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Global Professional School

Course coordinator

Jason Rogers