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Undergraduate Certificate of STEM Foundations

Undergraduate Certificate of STEM Foundations (UCSF)

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


  • New to uni, or considering a career change, and want to enter into the world of sciences?
  • This undergraduate certificate provides an introduction to the skills and knowledge needed to pursue further study in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 
  • It explores numeracy, literacy, critical thinking, and e-literacy demands of higher education studies and the professional workplace, and assists you to transition into a university learning environment.

Further study

Successful completion of this qualification will enable entry and four units of credit towards the Diploma of Multidisciplinary Studies or the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.


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 degree students must complete 4 units.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
Total 4

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for 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 20 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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What are the entry requirements to study STEM foundations?

The entry requirements for an undergraduate STEM certificate will vary depending on the learning provider you choose to study with.

At UniSQ, to gain entry into our Undergraduate Certificate of STEM Foundations you need to meet specific pre-requisites and assumed knowledge requirements. ‘Assumed knowledge’ is the term we use to explain the minimum level of knowledge we presume you have in some subjects before you start your degree.

For more information on entry requirements, please view the entry requirements section of this page.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements, we have a Tertiary Preparation Pathway program available to study.

Do you still have questions about a STEM foundations degree? Get in touch with one of our iconnect support staff to talk through your options. 

How does this certificate prepare me for a career in STEM fields?
When you study our Undergraduate Certificate of STEM Foundations you will gain a an understand of numeracy, literacy, critical thinking, and the e-literacy demands of higher education studies and the professional workplace. These STEM foundations provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue further study in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  
Can a STEM certificate be credited towards further study?
Continue to enhance your newfound knowledge and use your undergraduate STEM certificate qualification as a stepping-stone into further studies such as our Diploma of Multidisciplinary Studies or Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies
Is there an option to study a STEM certification online?
How you can study a STEM foundations course will vary depending on the learning provider you choose to study with.  

At UniSQ you can study our undergraduate STEM certification online. 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 different ways you can study at UniSQ.