Undergraduate Certificate in Principles of Biomedical Science

Satisfy your fascination for science and discover how you can contribute and transform societies and communities all around the world.
On-line Learning
Entry requirements
0.5 Year
July 2020

This undergraduate certificate will introduce you to the science behind a healthier life. Discover the basics of nutrition, scientific communication, systems biology and principles of biology, providing you with a foundation to pursue a career in science.

Upon successful completion, you have the option to continue onto our Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Biomedical Science - both are comprehensive degrees that will satisfy your fascination for science, and provide a platform to an exciting future in one of many diverse areas.

Graduate outcomes of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Biomedical Science may include but are not limited to Biologist, Research Scientist, Pathologist, Ethical Advisor, Microbiologist or Forensic Scientist.


The course content below provides all possible units related to the course. If the course has various streams, the units you are required to study will depend on your chosen stream.

Year 1

Semester 1

SCBCH1001, 15 credit points
SCBIO1001, 15 credit points
SCBIO1020, 15 credit points
SCCOR1200, 15 credit points

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

For information in relation to the University and students rights and responsibilities please refer to the VET Information Guide.

Applicants need to demonstrate the literacy and numeracy skills required to undertake this course through a test as part of the application process. The test will be conducted through Federation College prior to commencement of training. Feedback will be provided to the applicant on their results and types of support, if necessary, available to them.

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: XC05

Entry requirements (year 12)


There are no formal prerequisites.


Entry requirements (non year 12)


There are no formal prerequisites.

Fees are subject to change annually.

This course is part of the federal government’s COVID-19 Higher Education Relief Package which provides access to significantly discounted fees as a Commonwealth Supported Place student.

Indicative CSP Fees: $2500 total fees (4 subjects)

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).

If what you have learned at work, from other programs, courses, from life experience or training provided at work is relevant to this program, you may be entitled to gain subject credits or exemptions. The University is obliged to recognise the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other registered training organisations. For further details contact FedUni on 1800 333 864.


Completion of this certificate may give you full credit for four courses into either Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences or Bachelor of Science and partial credit in other degrees (subject to entry requirements). 

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