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Associate Degree in Occupational Health and Safety - CG48

Tailor your studies and prepare yourself for a career in occupational health and safety with the Associate Degree of Occupational Health and Safety.

DOMESTIC
STUDY MODES

On Campus, Online

RANK CUT OFF

OP:17 SR:65 ATAR:59.9

RANK THRESHOLD

SR:60 ATAR:60

UNITS/CREDITS

16/96

DURATION

2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Perth, Rockhampton, Sydney, Online

PRE-REQUISITES

English (Units 3 and 4, C)

RECOMMENDED STUDY

Senior English, Senior Maths, Senior Science or equivalent.

The Associate Degree of Occupational Health and Safety is designed to prepare you for occupational health and safety roles at paraprofessional level.

Benefit from the opportunity to undertake a study plan that can be applied to the discipline and career path that interests you.

Your education and training will equip you with knowledge and skills in ergonomics, science and occupational health and safety management.

You will also have the option to continue your studies and complete the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety, allowing you to further enhance your future career prospects.

The course has been developed to meet the ever-increasing needs of our communities both in Australia and internationally, and is constantly updated in consultation with industry, ensuring you graduate with up-to-date skills and work ready.

Choose to study full-time or part-time and either on-campus or by online study. Studying by online study allows you to balance work and study so you can gain practical experience and earn while you learn.

Core Units 15 Major Units None
Electives 1 Minor Units None

COURSE STRUCTURE
You are required to complete 15 core units and one elective.

UNIT INFORMATION
For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

CREDIT TRANSFER INFORMATION
If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2021Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Perth, Rockhampton, Sydney
Term 2 - 2020Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Perth, Rockhampton, Sydney
Term 2 - 2021Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Perth, Rockhampton, Sydney

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2021Available Online
Term 2 - 2020Available Online
Term 2 - 2021Available Online
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
There are 3 core units with a compulsory residential school. These are: SCIE11022 Introductory Science BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology OCHS12002 OHS Practice There may be additional requirements for residential schools within electives. Students should confirm these through the Handbook.

Rank Threshold
SR 60 | ATAR 60.0

A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course.


Student Profile
If you would like to know more about entry scores and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2020.

Institute Profile
To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2019 view our Institute Profile.

English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

No information available at this time.

Health Requirements

No information available at this time.

Assumed Knowledge

Domestic - While there are no course pre-requisites, Senior English, Senior Science and Senior Mathematics are strongly recommended. Students without Senior English, Senior Science and Senior Mathematics are strongly recommended to undertake one of the following access courses:

  • Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS)
  • Tertiary Entry Program (TEP)

The Associate Degree of Occupational Health and Safety is your gateway to a variety of management and consultancy positions in workplace health and safety. Upon completion you will be qualified to work in roles such as:

  • Industrial Safety Officer
  • Occupational Hygienist.

You may find also find employment opportunities in the areas of ergonomics and risk management and in industries such as:

  • primary
  • rural safety
  • manufacturing
  • mining
  • services
  • employer associations
  • the defence force
  • health
  • government authorities.
Graduates may be eligible to apply for Chartered Professional Membership with the Safety Institute of Australia once they have completed the appropriate years of service.
Fee Category Commonwealth Supported Place
What is a Commonwealth Supported Place? A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.
Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place? You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
  • an Australian citizen who will undertake in Australia at least one unit of study that contributes to the requirements of your course; or
  • a New Zealand citizen who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study; or
  • the holder of a permanent visa, including a permanent humanitarian visa, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study.

If you are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place you will be required to pay tuition fees. Find out more about tuition fees or fees for international students.

Fee Type Student Contribution
What is a Student contribution? As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.
What is my Student Contribution?

Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.

The majority of units within this course fall within Band 2. Some units may fall within Band 1 and/or 3.

Student Contribution amounts for each band provide an estimate of the cost of your course. Your course may consist of units from more than one band so your fees could vary from the indicated amount as units are spread across a number of bands.

You can view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by using our Cost Per Unit table.

HECS-HELP and payment options

HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided by the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.

If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.

Other Fees You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Other study costs You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships and awards programs.
Our scholarships could help you pay for some or all of your course fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

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New South WalesONL: 160591; SYD: 160590
South AustraliaADL: 5C5002; ONL: 5C5002
VictoriaMEL: 1700110441 
Western AustraliaONL: 150590


If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.

BROAD COURSE OPTIONS
Explore the range of OHS courses available at CQUniversity.

No matter your background, and level of experience, you will find an ideal OHS course to suit your learning needs and career aspirations. If you are interested in gaining vocational skills in OHS, the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety or Diploma of Work Health Safety are ideal options for you.

The Associate Degree in Occupational Health and Safety covers safety science disciplines of ergonomics and human factors, accident forensics and OHS management.

The Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety is our most comprehensive OHS course covering a broad range of OHS areas including occupational health, occupational hygiene, ergonomics and human factors, accident forensics and occupational health and safety management.

The Graduate Certificate in Fatigue Risk Management is ideal if you are a practitioner in OHS with an interest in fatigue management.

Alternatively, if you are seeking an advanced understanding of OHS, then the Graduate Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety will be of interest.

CAREER FOCUSSED
You will complete project-based, authentic and industry-relevant assessment tasks giving you opportunities to practically apply your learning. Your assessments and the unit tasks ensure that you graduate with relevant skills and knowledge to be an effective and competent OHS professional.  

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
Our professionally accredited courses offer you relevant skills and knowledge that meet industry needs. The Safety Institute of Australia recognises the below courses as meeting the academic requirements for Chartered Professional Membership when they are supported by the appropriate years of service.

  • Associate Degree in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety
  • Graduate Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Perfect for returning CQUni students, if you are changing your CQUni course, or you are a current or previous CQUni SUN, STEPS or VET student.

Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centre.

View the table below for the best application option based on where you live.

If you live in Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Queensland Apply via QTAC
New South Wales;
Australian Capital Territory
Apply via UAC
Victoria;
Tasmania
Apply via VTAC
South Australia;
Northern Territory
Apply via SATAC
Western Australia Apply via ApplyCQUni

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.


Option 2: Are you a returning CQUni student or changing your course? Apply directly to CQUniversity.

You may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity provided you meet one of the following criteria:

  • have completed or are completing a prescribed* CQUniversity course. (*A prescribed course includes our Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program, Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), Start Uni Now (SUN) initiative, or a CQUniversity certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree.)
  • are applying for a change of course or readmission.
Apply direct