Diploma of Applied Geosciences

Duration (incl. holidays) 73 weeks
Teaching Duration55 weeks
(2 Semesters is 1 academic year)
CRICOS Code081629C
National Code10263NAT
Course TypeAccredited Course
Course UnitsView Units
FacultiesMining, Engineering and Transport
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    Course Admission Requirements (for International Applications)

    • Academic IELTS score of 5.5 Overall with minimum of 5.0 in all bands or equivalent.
    • Successful completion of the Certificate III in Mining Exploration.

    Course Notes

    • International students, before commencing the Diploma of Applied Geosciences, will need to successfully complete the Certificate III in Mining Exploration which commences each January. There is no January start for the Diploma. The total duration for the Certificate III and Diploma is 2 years (4 semesters).

    How to Apply

    International Course - application process

    If you are applying from onshore, generally, you will need to apply for an international course to TAFE South Australia at least two months before you want to start your studies in Australia. If you are applying from offshore it is highly recommended that you apply at least four months in advance.

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    Note: You must be an International resident to apply for this course. For Australian residents please visit TAFE SA Courses.

    Employment Outcomes

    Australia's world-class minerals industry encompasses exploration, mining and processing of minerals to basic mineral commodity stage. It is acknowledged internationally for its capability - from exploration to mine completion, innovative equipment and services, and associated research. These courses provide fundamental training for employment as a mineral exploration field assistant, pit technician and underground sampler. Employment opportunities are also available in geotechnical, foundation/construction, mineral exploration, waterwell, and environmental drilling.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Applied Geosciences (10263NAT)
    You will graduate from this diploma as a geotechnician, able to undertake various paraprofessional geological duties in the field and office. 26 units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full Qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    Packaged University Offer

    This course is available as a Packaged University Offer. The University program(s) for this course: Bachelor of Science (majoring in Geology), Bachelor of Science (majoring in Geophysics and Applied Geology) and Bachelor of Science (Mineral Geosciences) at the University of Adelaide

    This allows students to accept a joint packaged offer with a local South Australian University, and upon successful completion of TAFE SA qualification, the student is eligible for a guaranteed entry into a nominated University Program. Find out more about Packaged University Offers.

    The benefits of a Packaged University Offer include:

    • Students will be able to apply for a single visa for the entire duration of both programs
    • Guaranteed entry into selected University Programs
    • Guaranteed credits shorten the duration of qualifications and reduces tuition fees over the total duration of study program
    • Graduate with a dual qualification from both TAFE SA and a University (for example Advanced Diploma/Bachelor Degree)
    • Graduate with a competitive mix of practical and theoretical skills

    See relevant Credit Transfer details below.

    Credit Transfer

    You will only receive a joint offer for TAFE SA and University if you apply for a Packaged University Program. If the University course that you have selected is not part of a Packaged University Offers, you will need to apply separately to the University for your selected degree program.

    Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses.

    Find other TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    Diploma of Applied Geosciences

    Credit Gained
    UniversityUniversity CoursePointsTime Equiv.Details
    Flinders UniversityBachelor of Environment36 points 12 months Details
    University of AdelaideBachelor of Science (major in Geology)24 points 12 months Details
     Bachelor of Science (major in Geophysics and Applied Geology)24 points 12 months Details
     Bachelor of Science (Mineral Geoscience)24 points 12 months Details


    These course fees are for international students only.

    Tuition FeesIncidental Fees
    Semester 1AUD $6666AUD $380
    Semester 2AUD $6667-
    Semester 3AUD $6667-
    Fee TotalsAUD $20000AUD $380
    Total Course CostAUD $20380

    * Additional fee is for 2 field camps of one week duration each. Students may also be required to purchase or borrow items for the camps, such as tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, day pack. Students will also need to purchase or borrow personal safety equipment and materials (ie safety boots, glasses and protective clothing).

    Note: TAFE SA does not commit to any fees shown. Charges vary between courses and subjects and are based on a rate per hour. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    Overseas Student Health Cover

    All overseas students are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Student Health Cover.

    Additional Services

    TAFE SA International offers an optional Arrival & Pick up and/or Accommodation Service. For further details please contact us.

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