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La Trobe College Australia

Diploma of Bioscience

The Diploma of Bioscience provides an introduction to molecular biology, ecology, epidemiology and chemical reactions and analysis. Students will also learn the statistical modelling and research skills required to succeed in a scientific career.
The diploma will help students understand the structure, functions and interactions of living organisms from the molecular level upwards and begin to discuss some big issues such as climate change, pandemic regulation, the protection of endangered animals and disease treatment.
Students who successfully complete this diploma can progress their studies in biotechnology fields at La Trobe University leading to careers in biological scientist, biochemist, environmental scientist, geneticist, research specialist and much more.
Students have the choice of studying on campus or online, or a combination of both.

Your direct pathway to La Trobe University

Secondary school





Year Domestic Student International Student Tuition Fee FEE-HELP




available for domestic students



Two or three trimesters


March June and October


Year 12:

Satisfactory completion in one of any English or any Mathematics

Course Structure

  • Subjects

    8 subjects required for completion of the Diploma. 7 core subjects listed below plus 1 elective module from any other diploma.

    Core modules:

    • Molecules, Genes and Cells (SBIO1MGC)
    • Chemistry Foundations (SCHE1CHF)
    • Human Bioscience A (HHBS1HBA)
    • Statistics for Life Sciences (SSTA1LS)
    • Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity (SBIO1EEB)
    • Applications of Chemistry (SCHE1APL)
    • Infections, Pandemics and Epidemics (SMIC1IPE)

Note: Human Biosciences B (HHBS1HBB) is the required elective module for students wishing to enter Bachelor of Biomedicine.

Entry into 2nd year of

  • Bachelor of Agriculture*
  • Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience*
  • Bachelor of Biological Sciences*
  • Bachelor of Biomedicine*
  • Bachelor of Science (Majors available: Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Statistics, Zoology)
  • Bachelor of Biological Science* (Bendigo campus only)



*Students require a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) to progress into second year as listed in the table on the Transferring to University page.

Second year of some Bachelor courses may require specific university subjects to be completed as elective units.

Potential career paths at the completion of a bachelor degree

  • Biological scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Biochemist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Government and private industry research specialist
  • Geneticist
  • Scientific and medical research specialist
  • Scientific patent consultant

#October intake students should be eligible to articulate to LTU March (semester 1) 2022, again with an expected 4 month study break between diploma and Bachelor.

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