Undergraduate Certificate in Science and the Environment

VU course code: NUSE | Level of study: Undergraduate
0.5 years full time
In person
Footscray Park
Undergraduate Certificate in Science and the Environment.


Fuel your interest in modern biology and ecology, with the Undergraduate Certificate in Science and the Environment from Victoria University.

This course gives you a recognised qualification within six months – providing a fast track towards a new career.

You’ll graduate with a strong understanding of biological and ecological systems, human interactions with the environment and the outcomes for planetary health. You’ll also be able to:

  • analyse the scientific literature and data on biological and ecological subjects
  • critically examine the processes involved in the operations of major biological and ecological systems
  • contextualise the underlying fundamental principles and terminology of sustainability and the environment
  • relate ecological concepts to real-life field situations and environmental management
  • explore the influence of humans and various cultures to the context of planetary health.

If you decide to keep studying to aim for higher roles, you may progress to the Bachelor of Science.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your educational achievements and work experience, as well as your skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

ATAR requirements

No minimum ATAR required

This course does not have a minimum ATAR requirement for entry. Read the entry criteria for this course below.

Why ATAR is not applicable

You do not need an ATAR score to apply for this course. Instead, you need to have successfully completed secondary school and to meet any requirements outlined below. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their ATAR, age, education or socioeconomic background.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To attain the Undergraduate Certificate in Science and the Environment students will be required to complete:

  • 48 credit points Core units

Fees & Scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).




Graduates of this course can pursue careers in a number of related fields, including:

  • landcare/bushcare
  • environmental planning
  • restoration ecology and land management
  • marine and freshwater ecosystem management
  • environmental education
  • botany/zoology/ecology
  • ecological and resource assessment.

To aim for a higher role, you can continue studying towards your bachelor degree.

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