Overview

Designed as a pathway for school leavers, the Certificate IV in Science teaches students broad skills to apply to a wide range of scientific industries. Upon completion, students can progress to a specialised field of learning such as applied science, engineering or biotechnology. For those interested in further study, a Diploma of Laboratory Technology or Bachelor of Science awaits.

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
Interested in this course?

Find out more about this course and other Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses at one of our on-campus Try VET events. Get all the information you need to kickstart your career.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Laboratory workplace safety
  • Mathematical techniques to Scientific problems
  • Chemical reactions
  • Physics
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Genetics knowledge

Your career opportunities

Although primarily designed as a further education preparatory program, this course may also prepare those who apply for entry level positions in suitable industry sector workplaces in the field of science, food, health and technology.

Key codes

Hawthorn VTAC code
3401010614
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

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Admissions

Satisfactory completion of an appropriate Victorian Year 12 or its equivalent or work experience.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

To be eligible for the award of the Certificate IV in Science, students are required to complete the 15 units listed below.

5
Core units
+
10
Elective units
=
Certificate IV
Indicative nominal course hours: 830

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
MSL943004
Apply essential further study skills for science
Core unit, 90.0 credit points
VU23268
Research scientific fields of study
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
VU23269
Use a range of techniques to solve mathematical problems
Core unit, 110.0 credit points
VU23270
Apply mathematical techniques to scientific contexts
Core unit, 70.0 credit points
VU23271
Elective units
Investigate atomic structure and bonding
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
VU23272
Investigate stoichiometry and solution chemistry
Elective unit, 45.0 credit points
VU23273
Investigate organic chemistry and properties of materials
Elective unit
VU233274
Investigate chemical reactions
Elective unit, 45.0 credit points
VU23275
Investigate waves and optics
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
VU23276
Apply principles of kinematics
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
VU23277
Investigate cell biology
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
VU23281
Investigate anatomy and physiology
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
VU23282
Investigate introductory genetics
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
VU23283
Work mathematically with statistics and calculus
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
VU23285

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)

$12,280

Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)

$5,980

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Concessions rates for vocational students

If you’re enrolling in a Certificate IV-level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised training place and hold a valid concession card, you may be eligible for a concession of 80 per cent off the published fee of your unit(s) tuition – which means you’ll only be charged 20 per cent of the published fee.

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

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Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

Apply through VTAC

International students currently studying Year 12 in Australia must apply through VTAC. VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria. 

VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria.

Hawthorn VTAC code
3401010614
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