Higher Education - D0501

Higher Education


The Diploma of Higher Education (DoHE) provides an alternative entry pathway into a range of undergraduate courses in Education and Science.

DoHE might suit you if you completed Year 12 but didn’t quite meet the entry requirements for your dream course, if you’re returning to study or would benefit from additional learning support.

DoHE lets you begin studying towards your Monash degree from day one. Equivalent to the first year of university undergraduate study, it provides a pathway to selected undergraduate courses and support to ensure you achieve your academic goals. It’s delivered from our Clayton campus, so you’ll be able to access support from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Education.

When you apply for DoHE, you will select either the Education or the Science stream. These streams provide a direct pathway into specified Monash courses.

DoHE consists of two foundation units and six discipline units within the area of study corresponding to your chosen stream. Discipline units can be selected based on interest and prerequisites needed for successful study.

The two foundation units will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to be an independent learner who can succeed at university studies. The units are:

  • Learning in a university context
  • Knowledge and context or a mathematics units

If you don’t have the mathematics prerequisites for your desired Monash course, you’ll have the opportunity to gain the required level of mathematics via the foundation units. If you already meet the mathematics prerequisites, you’ll take a unit in understanding knowledge and its contexts, which will help you to identify, compare and discuss different approaches to knowledge.

You will complete six specialist discipline knowledge units. These units will introduce you to the fundamentals of your chosen stream and will ensure you have the knowledge and skills necessary to take the next step in your higher education studies.

Students who pass all eight units in their selected stream with a minimum weighted average mark of 60% in DoHE will be eligible to receive up to one year of credit into a range of Education or Science destination courses.

In addition to the guaranteed pathways, you can apply for entry into other Monash courses through VTAC after successfully completing DoHE. Make sure that you’ve met the prerequisites for your chosen course. Admission into your course will be based on your academic performance and meeting the course prerequisites. All your study is at university level so if you progress to a bachelor’s degree course you’ll be eligible to apply for credit for prior study. The amount of credit granted will be at the discretion of the relevant faculty and will not automatically allow for progression into the second year of your preferred course.

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At a glance


RC Note Range of criteria 1
65.5 Note 2017 lowest ATAR offer

^Entry to this course is based on a range of criteria so there is no Clearly-in ATAR.

Subject prerequisites

English Maths Sciences / Other
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Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time
  • 1 year (full time)
Start date First semester (February)
Qualification Diploma of Higher Education
Course Handbook
When you apply for DoHE, you will select a preferred stream - Education or Science. The stream you choose forms the first year of your course, and determines which Monash course you’ll progress to.  All streams are delivered at the Clayton campus.


In the Education stream you will build a foundation in the professional skills and knowledge required to practise as a teacher/educator in a range of educational and school settings. This stream provides a direct pathway into second year of the Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Primary and Secondary Education and up to one year of credit into a range of Education double degree courses.

Students who pass all eight units in the Education stream and achieve a minimum weighted average mark of 60% in DoHE will be eligible to receive up to one year of credit into a range of Education destination courses.

Education destination courses include:


In the Science stream you’ll be introduced to a broad range of science fields by completing two mathematics units and a sequence of study in two of the following areas: Biological sciences, Chemistry, Computational science, Earth, atmosphere and environment, and Physics. This will allow you to gain a foundation in key scientific principles while determining your future major area of study.

Students who pass all eight units in the Science stream and achieve a minimum weighted average mark of 60% in DoHE will be eligible to receive up to one year of credit into a range of Science destination courses.

Science destination courses include:

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements


Please note: All applicants must complete a VTAC Personal Statement. The Personal Statement should outline why the applicant is applying for the Diploma of Higher Education (in a particular stream, e.g. Education or Science), and provide evidence to demonstrate their motivation to study and their relevant work experience and/or community involvement.


All applicants must satisfy the following prerequisites or their equivalents.

English Maths Sciences/Other
Australian VCE subjects Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL N/A N/A
IB At least 4 in English SL or 3 in English HL or 5 in English B SL or 4 in English B HL N/A N/A

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

Non-School leaver requirements

All applicants must satisfy the equivalence of the VCE subject prerequisites.

VET Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma graduates: To be considered,

applicants normally require one of the following:

  • Recognised graded TAFE Certificate IV - a minimum distinction grade average (70 per cent).
  • Recognised graded TAFE Diploma - a minimum credit average (65 per cent).

Preference will be given to students whose prior studies are related to the course in which they are seeking admission. Programs that involve competency-based assessment without grades or marks will not meet the admission requirements.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Applications for on campus studies should be made online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre.

Semester two (July)

This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: D0501

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Note Please note: The fee information displayed is based on the 2017 rates and should only be used as a guide.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:


Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

This course consists of two foundation units and six discipline units within the area of study corresponding to your chosen stream.