Diploma in General Studies

  • VTAC code: 3800346001

Course overview

  • 1 year full time / 2 years part time
  • On Campus (Dookie)
  • Available to domestic students
  • Start Year Intake - February and Mid Year Intake - July


Whether you've finished high school and you're not sure what you want to do in the future, or if you're already in the workforce and want to advance your career with additional qualifications, the Diploma in General Studies (DiGS) is a great option for you.

You can build the skills to achieve at university while living in a close-knit and supportive community at our Dookie campus near Shepparton. The diploma allows you to:

  • Explore your study options before committing to a bachelors degree
  • Get guaranteed entry into a University of Melbourne bachelors degree
  • Study prerequisite subjects you may have missed in high school, including science, mathematics, business and environments
  • Earn credit towards an undergraduate degree
  • Access a range of scholarships to help you fund your living expenses
  • Explore your independence and life away from home in a close community experience
  • Build extra skills while you study by completing practical Certificate III


DiGS gives you the opportunity to explore a range of fields and develop your general education, and can be used as your pathway to one of the following University of Melbourne bachelors degrees:

  • Bachelor of Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Design
  • Bachelor of Science.

If you're an Indigenous student, the Diploma in General Studies (Extended) offers the same benefits as the DiGS program, includes tailored support and was designed with your needs in mind. Find out more about DiGS (Extended)

Direct entry to Diploma of General Studies is available if you've completed any of the following TAFE qualifications:

  • Certificate IV in Accounting
  • Certificate IV in Agriculture
  • Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management
  • Certificate IV in Frontline Management
  • Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation