Course summary

The Associate Degree of Health is a two-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) course that provides students with the opportunity to prepare to study for a professional career pathway in allied health.

Graduates of the Associate Degree of Health are guaranteed entry into linked degree programs as follows: Bachelor of Biomedical ScienceBachelor of PedorthicsBachelor of Podiatry; Bachelor of Speech Pathology; Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science and Bachelor of Psychological Science.

Graduates may receive up to 12 units credit towards their undergraduate degree (depends on course and units studied).

The Associate Degree of Health is offered through SCU College. All SCU College students are offered extra support through College Connect while undertaking this Associate degree.

Core studies include subjects on learning skills and introductory science along with specialist units associated with each stream of study. First-year units enable students to prepare for further study at Southern Cross University, to pursue professional career paths at the Bachelor level in health related degrees.

Study streams are offered at specific locations:

Biomedical Science (Gold Coast campus)

Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Pedorthics, and Speech Pathology (Gold Coast campus)

Sport and Exercise Science stream (Gold Coast and Lismore campuses)

Psychological Sciences stream (online)

Health Science stream (Gold Coast and Lismore campuses).

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Exercise critical judgement and creative thinking to identify problems and contribute to their solutions in a range of health settings

Creativity

Exercise critical judgement and creative thinking to identify problems and contribute to their solutions in a range of health settings

Ethical practice

Apply ethical and sustainable values and practices within health contexts

Knowledge of a discipline

Apply broad theoretical and technical knowledge and skills within a range of contexts in the field of health

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and work in broad health contexts

Communication and social skills

Communicate information, concepts and solutions, individually and/or in a team, with an awareness of diverse cultural perspectives within a range of health contexts

Cultural competence

Communicate information, concepts and solutions, individually and/or in a team, with an awareness of diverse cultural perspectives within a range of health contexts

Some units may involve a placement within a health environment.


Course overview

Course code

2207273

Course abbreviation

AssocDegHlth

Credit points

192

Equivalent units

16

Domestic duration

2 years full-time; 4 years part-time

International duration

2 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast 1 335361 055761
Lismore 1 335319 059901
Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award of Associate Degree of Health a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. all units from chosen stream from Part B
  2. In Part B, students must complete a minimum of five (5) units before commencing the remaining units. 
  3. A student who has completed the equivalent of eight (8) units (96 credit points) may elect to be awarded a Diploma of Health following withdrawal from candidature from the Associate Degree of Health.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory
HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions Introductory
EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate

Part B Streams

Select a Part B Stream relevant to your chosen pathway

Title Level of learning Note
HEA00331 - Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity Introductory
MNG00301 - Management for Sport and Exercise Introductory
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
MNG00306 - Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport Introductory
BIO71001 - Human Growth, Development and Ageing Introductory
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
ENP10645 - Food Technology and Society Intermediate
ENV10702 Food Ecology or CUL00408 Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
Only commence the remaining units in this Stream after completing Part A and a minimum of five (5) units from the above. See your course progression.
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
HEA00332 - Exercise Psychology Intermediate
BIO00209 - Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy Intermediate
ENP10646 - Food Technology as an Enterprise Intermediate

Title Level of learning Note
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
SCI10002 - Science in Society Introductory
CHE10700 - Chemistry for Health Sciences Introductory
PHY71030 - Introductory Physics and Maths for Health Sciences Introductory
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
One (1) introductory unit from the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge
Only commence the remaining units in this Stream after completing Part A and a minimum of five (5) units from the above. See your course progression.
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory Note 3 Note 3
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
CHE71010 - Organic Chemistry Introductory Note 1 Note 1
SCI10473 - Histology and Embryology Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
CMM72015 - Health Law and Ethics is no longer offered. Replace with a university-wide elective. Note 1 Note 1

Title Level of learning Note
BHS11001 - Introduction to Psychology I Introductory
BHS11002 - Introduction to Psychology II Introductory
BHS11004 - Fundamentals of Career Success in Psychology Introductory
BHS11003 - Introduction to Psychological Investigation Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
BHS72001 - Advanced Psychological Investigation Intermediate
Three (3) units from University's offerings at introductory level
Only commence the remaining units in this Stream after completing Part A and a minimum of three (3) units from the above. See your course progression.
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
BHS20008 - Quantitative Methods in Psychology Intermediate
BHS30006 - Behaviour Change Intermediate
Note 2 Note 2

Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Title Level of learning Note
Students must study core College units in their first session of study EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline and HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions
Students must complete ALL units from Part A and a minimum of five (5) units from the first eight (8) units listed in Part B before commencing the remaining units (see rules above).

Year 1, Session 1

EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory
HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory Note 2 Note 2

Year 1, Session 2

EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate

Year 2, Session 1

CUL00409 - The Mental Health of Australian Indigenous Peoples Introductory
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
HLT10582 - Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Human Occupations Introductory
One (1) introductory unit from the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge

Year 2, Session 2

BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
MNG00306 - Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport Introductory
HLT10584 - Mobility and Personal Care Occupations Introductory
HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences Introductory

Title Level of learning Note
Students must study core College units in their first session of study EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline and HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions
Students must complete ALL units from Part A and a minimum of five (5) units from the first eight (8) units listed in Part B before commencing the remaining units (see rules above).

Year 1, Session 1

EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory
HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory Note 2 Note 2

Year 1, Session 2

EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory

Year 2, Session 1

CUL00409 - The Mental Health of Australian Indigenous Peoples Introductory
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
SPT10001 - Introduction to the Speech Pathology Profession Introductory
One (1) introductory unit from the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge

Year 2, Session 2

BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
MNG00306 - Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport Introductory
SPT10002 - Phonetics and Linguistics for Speech Pathology Introductory
HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences Introductory

Title Level of learning Note
Students must study core College units in their first session of study EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline and HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions
Students must complete ALL units from Part A and a minimum of five (5) units from the first eight (8) units listed in Part B before commencing the remaining units (see rules above).

Year 1, Session 1

EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory
HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory Note 2 Note 2
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory

Year 1, Session 2

EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory

Year 2, Session 1

CUL00409 - The Mental Health of Australian Indigenous Peoples Introductory
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
PDT10001 - Introduction to Podiatry and Pedorthics Introductory
One (1) introductory unit from the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge

Year 2, Session 2

BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
MNG00306 - Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport Introductory
BIO10001 - Functional Anatomy of the Lower Limbs and Foot and Ankle Intermediate
HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences Introductory

Title Level of learning Note
Students must study core College units in their first session of study - EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline; HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions
Students must complete ALL units from Part A and a minimum of five (5) units from the first eight (8) units listed in Part B before commencing the remaining units (see rules above).

Year 1, Session 1

EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory
HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory

Year 1, Session 2

EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate

Year 2, Session 1

CUL00409 - The Mental Health of Australian Indigenous Peoples Introductory
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
PDT10001 - Introduction to Podiatry and Pedorthics Introductory
One (1) introductory unit from the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge

Year 2, Session 2

BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
MNG00306 - Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport Introductory
BIO10001 - Functional Anatomy of the Lower Limbs and Foot and Ankle Intermediate
HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences Introductory

Title Level of learning Note
Students must study core College units in their first session of study - EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline; HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions
Students must complete ALL units from Part A and a minimum of five (5) units from the first ten (10) units listed in Part B before commencing the remaining units (see rules above).

Year 1, Session 1

EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory
HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions Introductory
BHS11001 - Introduction to Psychology I Introductory
BHS11004 - Contemporary Issues in Psychology Introductory

Year 1, Session 2

EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate
BHS11002 - Introduction to Psychology II Introductory
BHS11003 - Methods and Concepts in Psychology Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate

Year 2, Session 1

BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
BHS72001 - Conducting Behavioural Research I: Non-experimental Designs Intermediate
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
choose one (1) unit from University-wide electives

Year 2, Session 2

BHS20008 - Quantitative Methods in Psychology Intermediate
BHS30006 - Behaviour Change Intermediate
choose two (2) units from University-wide electives

Title Level of learning Note
Students must study core College units in their first session of study - EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline; HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions
Students must complete ALL units from Part A and a minimum of five (5) units from the first eight (8) units listed in Part B before commencing the remaining units (see rules above).

Year 1, Session 1

EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory
HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions Introductory
BIO71001 - Human Growth, Development and Ageing Introductory
HEA00331 - Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity Introductory

Year 1, Session 2

EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
ENP10645 - Food Technology and Society Intermediate

Year 2, Session 1

CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
MNG00301 - Sport Management Principles Introductory
ENP10646 - Food Technology as an Enterprise Intermediate Note 3 Note 3

Year 2, Session 2

BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
MNG00306 - Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport Introductory
HEA00332 - Exercise Psychology Intermediate
BIO00209 - Biomechanics and Kinesiology Intermediate

Title Level of learning Note
Students must study core College units in their first session of study - EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline; HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions
Students must complete ALL units from Part A and a minimum of five (5) units from the first eight (8) units listed in Part B before commencing the remaining units (see rules above).

Year 1, Session 1

EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory
HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions Introductory
BIO71001 - Human Growth, Development and Ageing Introductory
HEA00331 - Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity Introductory

Year 1, Session 2

EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate

Year 2, Session 1

BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
MKT20001 - Marketing and Promotion for Sport, Exercise and Allied Health Intermediate
MNG00301 - Sport Management Principles Introductory
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory Note 3 Note 3

Year 2, Session 2

BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
BIO00209 - Biomechanics and Kinesiology Intermediate
HEA00332 - Exercise Psychology Intermediate Note 3 Note 3
MNG00306 - Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport Introductory

Title Level of learning Note
Students must study core College units in their first session of study EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline and HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions
Students must complete ALL units from Part A and a minimum of five (5) units from the first eight (8) units listed in Part B before commencing the remaining units (see rules above).

Year 1, Session 1

EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory
HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions Introductory
SCI10002 - Science in Society Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory

Year 1, Session 2

EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate
PHY71030 - Introductory Physics and Maths for Health Sciences Introductory
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory

Year 2, Session 1

BIO01302 - Human Anatomy OR BIO10662 - Systemic Anatomy Introductory Introductory
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory
One (1) introductory unit from the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge
CHE10700 - Chemistry for Health Sciences Introductory

Year 2, Session 2

BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
CHE71010 - Organic Chemistry Introductory
SCI10473 - Histology and Embryology Intermediate
CMM72015 - Health Law and Ethics No longer being offered. Replace with a university-wide elective. Intermediate

Notes

Note 1: Available at Gold Coast campus only
Note 2: Available by Online only
Note 3: Available at Lismore campus only
Note 4: Available at Lismore and Gold Coast campuses only
Note 5: Students may substitute BIO10662 Systemic Anatomy for this unit.