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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 offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - SMB
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Ballarat - SMB
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Summer 2024
Semester 1
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Summer 2024
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1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
(120 credit points = 1.0 EFTSL)
Guaranteed ATAR
This course 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 course 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 course structure or view our enrolment information page.

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

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

Contact hours can vary depending on requirements, however typical contact hours for full-time study are around 25-30 hours comprising of on-campus classes, online learning and self-directed study.

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)

Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Associate Degrees, and Degrees).

English language requirement

IELTS score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0. The completion of a Year 12 or equivalent. Provision for entry may exist through other means including mature age, other special provisions, or recognition of prior learning.

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

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700511831 (Mt Helen), 3700611831 (SMB), 3701811831 (Berwick)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: GN1

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,948 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.


Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

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

Bridging cousres
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 Course, 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.

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

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 courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, 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 co-ordinator

Jason Rogers