About the program
The Diploma of Sustainable Environments and Planning provides a foundation for those intending to pursue a career in a variety of natural and built environment professions involved in creating sustainable environments. This Diploma will teach students core skills to enhance their career prospects, whether that be a student fresh out of school or someone wishing to upgrade their qualifications. Students gain knowledge through studying the specified relevant subjects. Some core skills covered include; sustainability science, sustainability and society, urban design, communicating in groups, conflict resolution, problem solving, individual and group decision making, information management, and the use of different network technologies. Successful completion of the Diploma of Sustainable Environments and Planning provides students a pathway to most Bond University undergraduate degrees , with a possible 80 credit points credited towards their new program of study. Students are advised to check the degree study structures online to confirm for which subjects they may receive credit.
The majority of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, with urban management, sustainability and climate change becoming fundamental challenges for the government, private and community sectors in Australia and around the world. Professionals working within the natural and built environments must possess comprehensive knowledge and skills in the areas of economics, entrepreneurship, development, policy, science, sustainable practices and technology.
This Diploma will provide you with access to a wide range of career pathways in the natural and built environments. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and practical experience required to be sustainability professionals in business, industry, government, consulting firms and non government organisations. Graduates can progress into a wide range of careers in mining and energy, fisheries and agriculture, tourism, property, community infrastructure, city and regional planning, development assessment, transportation, strategic or social planning or urban design. Graduates of this program will be equipped with a comprehensive knowledge of sustainable environments, and will be able to seek work anywhere in Australia or around the world.
The Diploma of Sustainable Environments and Planning is a two semester (full-time) program of 8 subjects and 1 compulsory skills building subject
Students must complete the following mandatory subjects for the Diploma of Sustainable Environments and Planning:
- BCAS01-020 Academic Skills*
- BCDP02-033 Introduction to Global Citizenship
- BCDP02-101 Critical Thinking and Communication (CORE11-001)
- BCDP02-102 Leadership and Team Dynamics (CORE11-002)
- BCDP02-103 Ethical Thought and Action (CORE11-003)
Students must complete four of the following elective subjects for the Diploma of Sustainable Environments and Planning:
- BCDP02-029 Environmental and Economic Impact Assessment (SSUD12-212)
- BCDP02-027 Sustainable Development and Society (SSUD11-102)
- BCDP02-032 Strategic Land Use and Planning (SDUP12-201)
- BCDP02-036 Planning Processes (SSUD11-300)
- BCDP02-028 Sustainability Science (SDEM12-201)
- BCDP02-031 Spatial Information Systems (SSUD12-200)
*Academic Skills (BCAS01-020) is a compulsory 0 credit point subject that provides you with core academic skills including referencing, academic writing and time management. It must be completed in your first semester (weeks 2 to 6).
Recommended study plan
For information regarding appropriate enrolment for each semester, we recommend that students see the Program Structure and Sequence webpage.
Entry to the Diploma of Sustainable Environments and Planning requires the successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent (OP 21 or better or ATAR 40.65 or better). Bond University College also offers tertiary preparation programs (Foundation Program and University Preparation Program) for students who do not currently have the required academic qualifications.
- Work experience - ANZCO Skill level 3 for 1 year full-time equivalent
- Incomplete Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation (passing grades in 2 subjects)
- STAT result of 144
- OP ineligible Schedule equivalent rank to OP 16 to 21
For alternate means of entry such as work experience or the Special Tertiary Admissions Test please contact the Office of Future Students.
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Tel: +61 7 5595 2222 (international)
English language requirements
- Pass in Bond University College EAP Level 2 or
- IELTS 6 (no subscore less than 5.5)