Bachelor of Biotechnology

Biotechnology is an exciting field of science with important applications in medicine, agriculture and food production.
3 years
(360 credit points = 3.0 EFTSL)
Year 12 applicants will be ranked based on their ATAR and ATAR Adjustment Factors – e.g. Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) and Subject Adjustments.

As a graduate, you can work in many areas including production of vaccines, antibiotics and drugs, creating alternative fuels, quality control, and even producing the latest flavours and sweeteners for the food industry.

During your studies, you’ll learn how to use innovative and sustainable technologies for the benefit of your community, wider Australia and overseas.

This laboratory-based degree has a core of basic science studies including principles of modern instrumentation, experimental design and data analysis, biochemical and microbiological techniques and recombinant DNA technology. You can also explore in depth your favourite area through a research project in your final year as well as your choice of electives.

This degree includes compulsory online courses.

  • Biotechnologist
  • Clinical scientist
  • Biological scientist
  • Ecological advisor
  • Forensic scientist
  • Healthcare scientist (genetics)
  • Healthcare scientist (IVF)
  • Immunologist
  • Life scientist
  • Patent examiner
  • Policy advisor
  • Research and development scientist
  • Zoologist

Graduates may find employment in areas such as the production of vaccines, antibiotics, drugs and diagnostic kits, waste treatment processes, environmental monitoring programs, quality control, production of alternative fuels, synthesis of organic chemicals and polymers, and biologically-based applications in the food industry.

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

SCBIO1010, 15 credit points
SCCHM1001, 15 credit points
SCCOR1300, 15 credit points
Bachelor of Biotechnology Elective

Semester 2

SCBIO1020, 15 credit points
SCCHM1002, 15 credit points
SCCOR1200, 15 credit points
STATS1000, 15 credit points

Year 2

Semester 1

SCBCH2001, 15 credit points
SCCHM2001, 15 credit points
SCMIC2001, 15 credit points
Bachelor of Biotechnology Elective

Semester 2

SCBCH2002, 15 credit points
SCCHM2002, 15 credit points
SCMOL2001, 15 credit points
Bachelor of Biotechnology Elective

Year 3

Semester 1

SCCHM3004, 15 credit points
SCMIC3002, 15 credit points
Bachelor of Biotechnology Elective

Semester 2

SCCHM3001, 15 credit points
SCCOR3001, 15 credit points
SCMOL3010, 15 credit points
Bachelor of Biotechnology Elective

20 hours per week

Links with regional industries enable final-year students to participate in directed biotechnological research in an applied research project.

Domestic students may apply for the Industry Placement Program (IPP) which offers up to 26 weeks of industry based experience. IPP students receive a scholarship payment of up to $15,000.

Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students (2020) and recent secondary graduates (2019 and 2018)


  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English;
  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics or at least 20 in any Science

This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

Guaranteed ATAR

This program has a guaranteed ATAR.

If you meet the program pre-requisites and any ‘Essential Requirements for Admission’, we will guarantee you a place in this program with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR, factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below.

Subject Adjustments

A study score of 35 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)

Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course application. 


Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory:  Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the FedUni Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST).


Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher.


Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies should include a personal statement detailing all relevant experience to strengthen their application.

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

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700510361 (Mt Helen), 3700710361 (Churchill), 3700810361 (On-line Learning)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: ST5

CRICOS code: 088142C

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$7,950 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2021

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).

Other study costs

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A science based TAFE Diploma or Certificate IV.

The Foundation Access Studies (FAST) Program is an alternative entry method into tertiary studies.

This program is available via Online Learning, in combination with one to two weeks (depending on your program) of compulsory on-campus laboratory sessions. These lab sessions are held in semester one and semester two in each year of your program. You will also be required to complete examinations either on-campus, or at an approved remote exam location in your region, under supervision.

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 course, 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 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

School of Science, Psychology and Sport

Course coordinator

Ballarat - Mt Helen - Ben Long
Gippsland - Churchill - Simone Louwhoff
On-line Learning - Janee Hoch