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Undergraduate Certificate of Engineering Fundamentals

Undergraduate Certificate of Engineering Fundamentals (UCCE)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • Online
  • -
  • 0.5 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Jan, May, Sep


  • The Undergraduate Certificate of Engineering Fundamentals provides you with foundational knowledge of engineering systems, including a broad introduction to the industry, engineering design, engineering materials, and mathematics.
  • This qualification can be completed fully online providing you with the flexibility to study while you work or around family commitments.

Further study

Successful completion of this qualification will enable entry and four units of credit towards the Diploma of Multidisciplinary Studies, the Associate Degree of Engineering, the Bachelor of Engineering Technology, or the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

Thinking of studying in 2024? UniSQ will be delivering flexible new ways of teaching, with different calendar offerings, making the balance of study and life easier. Read more in our new academic calendar FAQs.

Entry requirements

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To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C) 

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at high school level (typically studied in Year 12). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

  • Admission into this short program is available to eligible Commonwealth Support applicants, who are aged 17 years or over. 


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education (IHEPP) program.

Degree structure

To complete this certificate, students must complete 4 courses.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
Total 4

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for an example of courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your study (4 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 4470

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.


You can select to start your study in Trimester 1, 2 or 3.

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2024  Monday 22 January Monday 15 January Monday 22 January Friday 26 April 
Trimester 2, 2024 Monday 13 May Monday 6 May Monday 13 May  Friday 16 August
Trimester 3, 2024 Monday 2 September Monday 26 August Monday 2 September Friday 6 December 

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at UniSQ that is relevant to you.

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Why UniSQ?
UniSQ is renowned for providing high-quality, flexible education tailored to meet the needs of our students. Our Undergraduate Certificate in Engineering offers foundational knowledge in engineering systems, including a broad introduction to the industry, which is perfect for those starting their journey in engineering. With our commitment to practical learning and industry relevance, UniSQ is an excellent choice for your Engineering degree.
Is there are pathway option if I don't meet the entry requirements?
At UniSQ, we believe in offering multiple pathways to study. If you don’t meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree, there are options available to you for entry into our Undergraduate Certificate in Engineering.  Whether you’ve just graduated from high school, taken an extended study break, have a VET, TAFE or other relevant qualification, our pathway programs give you the opportunity to reach your study goals. 
How does an Undergraduate Certificate in Engineering prepare me for a career in engineering?

The Undergraduate Certificate in Engineering Fundamentals provides foundational knowledge and a broad introduction to engineering. It covers essential concepts in engineering systems, design, materials, and mathematics.

This certificate is a stepping-stone to further studies in engineering, such as the Diploma of Multidisciplinary Studies, Associate Degree of Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering Technology or the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

What key skills will I acquire from completing this undergraduate certificate in engineering?

Some of the key skills you will acquire once completing this certificate include:

  • fundamentals of engineering, engineering principles and systems
  • basic skills in engineering design and materials
  • essential mathematical knowledge applicable in engineering contexts
  • critical thinking and problem-solving skills specific to engineering challenges. 
Are flexible study options available?

Yes! At UniSQ you will study our Undergraduate Certificate in Engineering online, allowing you to balance your education with other commitments. We’ve been delivering distance education for over 40 years, so you can be sure that you are learning your degree from the online education experts.

Discover more about the ways you can study at UniSQ.